GENERAL CABLE’S MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA ENERGY CABLES MANUFACTURING FACILITY RECEIVES INDUSTRYWEEK’S 2005 BEST PLANTS AWARD
AS ONE OF THE 10 BEST MANUFACTURING PLANTS IN NORTH AMERICA
Highland Heights, Kentucky – September 14, 2005 – General Cable’s (NYSE: BGC) Moose Jaw,
Saskatchewan, Canada Energy Cables manufacturing facility has been selected by Penton Media's (OTCBB: PTON) INDUSTRYWEEK magazine, the leading publication among senior manufacturing executives, as one of the 10 IW Best Plants in North America. INDUSTRYWEEK’S Best Plants Award Program, started 16 years ago, is an annual salute to outstanding manufacturing facilities that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding
"The caliber of this year's class of winners is exceptional. Their world-class performances demonstrate the excellence that results from strong leadership, an engaged workforce and outstanding improvement strategies," said Patricia Panchak, INDUSTRYWEEK Editor-in-Chief. "Manufacturing managers in search of world-class ideas would do well to emulate the techniques of our 2005 winners. INDUSTRYWEEK is proud to share their success stories."
General Cable’s Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada plant will receive a commemorative award during ceremonies scheduled on October 6th. The honor recognizes world-class manufacturing capabilities and a management mindset of continuous improvement. General Cable’s Moose Jaw plant was selected from over 220 facilities nominated between October 2004 and March 2005.
Plants reported practices and performance in such categories as management strategy, community involvement, customer and supplier relations, employee relations, environmental and safety programs, inventory management, manufacturing and flexibility, productivity, use of technology and market results. The top 10 selected winners report some astounding manufacturing achievements.
“General Cable is pleased to receive this award from INDUSTRYWEEK in recognition of our manufacturing excellence,” said Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable. “We continue to expand our market leadership position as North America’s largest manufacturer of Energy Cables. It is our committed associates who enable General Cable to continue to deliver The Power of One to our utility
company business partners.”
“Lean Manufacturing, combined with Six Sigma quality improvement tools, continues to drive major improvements in our Moose Jaw operations,” added Larry Fast, Senior Vice President, North American Operations. “And, the General Cable Operations Team continues to consistently raise its level of manufacturing excellence.”
“This manufacturing excellence achievement recognizes the world-class manufacturing capabilities as well as a mindset of continuous improvement shared by all General Cable associates worldwide,” continued Fast. “This year three of our 17 North American plants were selected as finalists in the Best Plants competition—Indianapolis, Indiana; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico. These three outstanding manufacturing plants join General Cable’s Malvern, Arkansas and Altoona, Pennsylvania plants as honorees. Our Altoona plant achieved the finalist honor in 2003, and went on to earn the title of One of the Top 10 Plants in North America in 2003 and now Moose Jaw joins the Best Plants list.”
“Our accomplishment of market share leadership in Energy Cables is the result of hard work by many individuals,” said Mike Andrews, Senior Vice President, Energy, Industrial and Specialty Cables. “We are proud that our efforts have been recognized by INDUSTRYWEEK.”
“All we have accomplished would not have been feasible without the dedication and commitment of all the Moose Jaw associates,” said Ray Funke, Moose Jaw Plant Manager. “We have seen the convergence of our plant’s capabilities around important business needs, which has allowed the Moose Jaw operations to flourish and be recognized with this prestigious INDUSTRYWEEK Best Plants Award.”
The complete list of winners and an in-depth profile on General Cable’s Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada plant can be found at www.industryweek.com/iwbestplants.
About General Cable
General Cable (NYSE:BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Energy cables include low-, medium- and highvoltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com.
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