ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Accuride de Mexico's wheel-production plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and Goodyear's Akron technical center have been named two of five recipients of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) 2016 Excellence Award.
The AME Excellence Award primarily recognizes North American manufacturing plants “that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business” while acknowledging “continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation,” according to AME.
Accuride de Mexico's wheel facility has “focused on a robust use of policy deployment and aggressive continuous improvement initiatives,” AME said, noting that the facility “has pull systems and an excellent continuous improvement process that utilizes value stream mapping and green belt projects to improve processes and products.”
According to Accuride's website, the 226,000-sq.-ft. steel and aluminum wheel manufacturing plant is located on approximately 22 acres. It was completed in 1999 and is located on the north side of Monterrey approximately two hours' drive time south of Laredo, Texas. Steve Kuhn, the plant's director of operations, is based in Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Accuride de Mexico's facility received its AME award on Oct.18.
Goodyear's Akron, Ohio-based Innovation Center picked up an AME award for “an outstanding job of developing sound, complete and useful standards for nearly all areas AME examined,” the association said. “The steps of design, technology development, skill development, strategic sourcing, product and platform development and other areas were all found to be well thought out and robust.”
The award was presented to Goodyear on Sept. 13.
Other companies also receiving the AME Excellence Award were Littelfuse, Wuxi, China; MillerCoors Trenton Brewery, Trenton, Ohio; and O.C. Tanner, Salt Lake City, Utah.