Plant of the Year

In-depth profiles of the winners of our annual "Assembly Plant of the Year" contest.


2014 Assembly Plant of the Year

Assembly Plant of the Year: STIHL Stays a Cut Above the Competition

Flexible assembly lines and vertical integration thrive in Virginia Beach.

What do lumberjacks, landscapers and homeowners have in common? They all rely on chain saws, trimmers and leaf blowers produced by STIHL Group.

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Call for Nominations – 2014 ‘Assembly Plant of the Year’

ASSEMBLY is currently seeking world-class facilities for its 11th annual Assembly Plant of the Year award.

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2013 Assembly Plant of the Year

Northrop Grumman Soars With Automation

The robotic Integrated Assembly Line in Palmdale, CA, revolutionizes how airframes are built.

For decades, automotive engineers have looked to the aerospace industry for new ideas. Back in the 1930s and 1950s, Detroit was inspired by the sleek designs of innovative airplanes such as the Northrop Alpha and the Grumman F4F Wildcat.

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Robotic Laser Inspection System Improves Ford MAP Quality

Ford Motor Co. is investing $100 million globally to install robotic laser inspection technology to improve fit and finish quality at its assembly plants. 

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Suppliers Play a Key Role Behind Ford MAP’s Success

Assemblers at Ford Motor Co.’s Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP) build four versions of the popular Ford Focus compact sedan. 

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Ford Focuses on Flexibility

The Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI, takes flexible manufacturing to a new level

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Local Consortium Promotes Benchmarking

As part of its approach to lean manufacturing, the 2011 Assembly Plant of the Year actively engages in benchmarking exercises with several local manufacturers.
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Staying Fit in New Kensington

The 2011 Assembly Plant of the Year boasts some of the healthiest employees any where and a 1,200-square-foot fitness center.
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Continuous Improvement Is a Way of Life at Philips Respironics

All continuous improvement activities at the 2011 Assembly Plant of the Year are tied to lean tools such as 5S, 5 Why and QEK.
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Recycling Program Propels Green Manufacturing

The 2011 Assembly Plant of the Year was designed from the ground up to be an environmentally friendly facility. Even the carpets, paint and windows are “green” at the Philips Respironics plant in New Kensington, PA.
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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


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