Troy Missile facility wins award

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Pike County plant has snagged another prestigious award for the area.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Pike County Operations was named one of IndustryWeek magazine’s 2012 Best Plants in the publication’s 23rd annual awards program.

“Maintaining the high level of quality and performance that our customers require is a demanding task, but our Pike County Operations employees have demonstrated their commitment to excellence time and time again through the products they produce on a daily basis,” said Mark Hayes, Quality and Mission Success manager at Missiles and Fire Control’s Troy facility.”

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About 300 employees at Missiles and Fire Control’s Troy facility support programs such as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Javelin and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM).

“This year’s Best Plants winners truly set high expectations. They demonstrated that operational excellence continues to prosper in manufacturing — and manufacturers continue to strive for even greater performance,” said Patricia Panchak, IndustryWeek’s editor-in-chief. “IndustryWeek salutes the achievements of the 2012 IW Best Plants, and is proud to share their success stories.”

Plants were evaluated on a comprehensive set of criteria that included management practices, level of employee involvement, safety, manufacturing plant-floor operations, customer and supplier relations, as well as quantifiable performance indicators and evidence of competitiveness.

The 2012 winners will be honored during an awards ceremony at the 2013 IndustryWeek Best Plants conference where they also will share their stories of operational excellence and continuous improvement. The conference is April 22-24 in Greenville, SC.

Other plants profiled in the January issue of IndustryWeek are CNH Wichita Product Center, Ehicon LLC, Harris Products Group (a Lincoln Electric Co.), La-Z-Boy Tennessee and Warren Rupp Inc.