During a recent ceremony at the Schneider Electric/Square D plant in Lexington, KY, ASSEMBLY magazine presented the company with its 2007 Assembly Plant of the Year award. Company officials received an engraved crystal award and a commemorative banner. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which also celebrated the plant’s 50th anniversary.
Pictured above (left to right) are Austin Weber, senior editor of ASSEMBLY; Bob Spence, Lexington plant manager; Don Hegland, editor in chief of ASSEMBLY; Mary Frances Cox, senior vice president of operations for Schneider Electric’s North American Operating Division; and Dave Petratis, president and CEO of Schneider Electric’s North American Operating Division.
“This award exemplifies our commitment to manufacturing excellence, implementation of lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and our state-of-the-art production processes,” said Bob Spence, plant manager. “On behalf of the Lexington family, I am proud to accept this award.”
Schneider Electric/Square D Lexington was selected as the 2007 Assembly Plant of the Year because of the way that it uses lean manufacturing to remain competitive in today’s global economy, especially as some of its competitors have moved assembly to offshore locations. The facility assembles more than 2 million residential load centers and safety switches annually. To find out more, read the cover story in the November issue of ASSEMBLY.
The award ceremony in Lexington was attended by all employees, in addition to several hundred retirees, local politicians and senior executives from Schneider Electric’s North American headquarters in Palatine, IL. To view a video of the award presentation, go to ASSEMBLY TV.