Three General Cable Plants Are Finalists In INDUSTRYWEEK's 2006 Best Plants Competition


Highland Heights, Kentucky – June 23, 2006 – General Cable’s (NYSE: BGC) has been advised by INDUSTRYWEEK, the leading manufacturing management magazine, that three of its North American manufacturing facilities have been selected as finalists in the publication's annual Best Plants competition.  The Company’s Indianapolis, Indiana, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, and Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico facilities each received this honor.

“To have three General Cable plants represented on the IndustryWeek Top 25 list for the second year in a row is truly an outstanding achievement and is unprecedented in the 17 years INDUSTRYWEEK has held the Best Plants competition,” said Larry Fast, Senior Vice President, North American Operations.  “The introduction of Lean Manufacturing to General Cable over six years ago, combined with Six-Sigma quality improvement tools, continues to drive major improvements throughout our Company.”

To be considered for this  competition,  manufacturing facilities  throughout North America documented and reported practices and performance in a number of  categories, including: manufacturing operations and flexibility, environmental and safety programs,  inventory management;, productivity, quality, and use of technology.  It is from this list of 25 finalists that INDUSTRYWEEK will select the 10 winners of the 2006 Best Plants competition, which will be officially announced in the magazine’s October 2006 issue.

"INDUSTRYWEEK's Best Plants competition for 2006 attracted a strong slate of candidates. Choosing the top 25 finalists was not easy for our judges, who applaud the accomplishments of this select group of manufacturing plants," said INDUSTRYWEEK Best Plants Coordinator Jill Jusko. "General Cable has once again demonstrated its commitment to excellence in manufacturing by landing three plants among our finalists--a feat it has accomplished for the second consecutive year."

“This manufacturing excellence achievement recognizes the world-class manufacturing capabilities of each of our honored locations, as well as a mindset of continuous improvement shared by all General Cable associates worldwide,” continued Fast.  “These three outstanding manufacturing facilities named this year join General Cable’s Malvern, Arkansas, Altoona, Pennsylvania, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada plants as honorees from prior years.

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 high-voltage 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


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