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The recent release of employment data and employment projections raise important issues for the factories and workforce of the future, according to experts from The Manufacturing Leadership Council, an executive network designed to define and shape a better future for manufacturers worldwide.

"Some studies* indicate there are as many as 600,000 jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector that are currently unfilled because of a skills problem," said David R. Brousell, Vice President & Editorial Director at Manufacturing Executive, which manages the Manufacturing Leadership Council; produces the upcoming Manufacturing Leadership Summit, to be held April 29-May 2; and publishes the Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal (MELJ).

The latest issue of MELJ features the results of an exclusive survey of manufacturing leaders, entitled "Future Factories: Flexible, Fast, and Customer-Driven." The survey details a future in which highly adaptive factories can reconfigure production lines on a dime, creating sophisticated new jobs requiring high levels of skill and technical acumen.

The problem, though, is that even as these new jobs are created, manufacturers in the U.S. are having a hard time finding qualified people to fill them. The MELJ survey, which polled more than 200 manufacturers in October 2011, reveals that finding skilled people looms as one the key challenges facing manufacturers as they attempt to plan for a more IT-intensive future.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council – consisting of more than 100 manufacturing industry leaders – is actively reaching out to policymakers to create a manufacturing strategy of the future that includes addressing the skills issue. Helping industry leaders rise to this challenge will be among the subjects discussed by attendees and keynote speakers at the 8th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit. Winners of the Manufacturing Leadership 100 Awards will also be honored for the innovative business strategies that keep them successful and their workers employed. All ML100 Award winners will be honored on May 2 at a gala reception during the Manufacturing Leadership Summit at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL.

*According to a Manufacturing Institute/Deloitte study, Oct. 17, 2011.

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Manufacturing Enterprise Communications (MEC), publisher of Managing Automation, and Manufacturing Executive and producer of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, today announced the winners of the 2011 Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards. The PM100 Awards program recognizes manufacturing companies from around the world that have achieved significant breakthroughs in innovation, in the use of advanced technologies and in the effective management of their businesses.

"The inventive spirit and resourcefulness that have always driven manufacturing are not only alive and well, but flourishing," said David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief of MEC and a PM100 judge. "These companies have demonstrated an ability to rethink their businesses and apply advanced technologies in innovative ways that manufacturers everywhere would be well served to emulate. The PM100 winners this year are role models for the successful manufacturing company of today and in the future."

The 2011 PM100 winners were chosen based on their achievements in eight PM100 disciplines. They are:

* Business Model Mastery
* Customer Mastery
* Supply Network Mastery
* Data & Integration Mastery
* Innovation Mastery
* Training & Education Mastery
* Leadership
* Operational Excellence

An independent blue-ribbon panel, including leading manufacturing researchers and analysts, academics and manufacturing executives, including past PM100 winners, evaluated and judged all nominations.

The PM100 Awards will be presented at a black tie dinner event on the last day of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, May 9 -11 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. In addition to presenting the awards to the PM100 winners, MEC will announce High Achiever winners in each of the eight disciplines, the Editor's Choice Award Winners, and the 2010 Progressive Manufacturers of the Year.

This year's PM100 Winners are:

About Medical Inc.


AGCO Corp.

Aluminum Line Products

Amphenol Printed Circuits Inc.

Applied Materials


ATI Industrial Automation

Automation Federation

BAE Systems

Berry Plastics Corp.

Boston Centerless

Brentwood Industries Inc.

Bridge Publications Inc.


Camaco LLC

Card-Monroe Corp.


Certified Transmission Rebuilders


Chirch Global Manufacturing LLC

Coca-Cola Refreshments

Continental Mills


DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Diversey Inc.

Eaton Corp.

Enterasys Networks

Essar Steel


Exemplis Corp.


Full Sail Brewing Co.

Gardner Denver

General Motors (Production Monitoring & Control)

General Motors (Workcell Simulation)

Hobart Machined Products

Hologic (Intelligent Standards for Acquisitions)

Hologic (International Field Service Automation)

Homeland Energy Solutions

Honeywell FM&T (Command Media Transformation)

Honeywell FM&T (SCE)

Honeywell FM&T (SCMC)

IBM (Big I)

IBM (CoE for Environmental Compliance)

IBM (Environmental Reporting Tool)

IBM (Global Supply Social and Environmental Management)

IBM (Magellan Project)

IBM (Mainframe & High Performance Computing Manufacturing Transformation)

IBM (Supply Chain Social Responsibility)

IBM (Virtual Control Center)

Illes Seasonings & Flavors

Itron Inc.

Jet Edge Inc.

KapStone Paper and Packaging


L'Oreal USA Inc.

L-3 Communications

Laguna Tools Inc.

Leggett & Platt Inc.

Lion Vallen Industries

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Mack Molding

Marwood Metal Fabrication

Mercury Marine


Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Mohawk Fine Papers

Mold-Rite Plastics

Mosaic Co.



Newton South High School

Nordson EFD LLC

ONO Packaging

Otis Technology


Point Imaging


Revstone Vassar LLC

Saint-Gobain Innovative Materials

Salco Products Inc.

Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co. Ltd.

Satellite Industries Inc.

Semiconductor Tooling Services


SmartSynch Inc.

Steinwall Inc.

Syngenta Crop Protection LLC

The Boeing Co. (Integrated Material & Information Management)

The Boeing Co. (Product Standards as Digital Data)

The Custom Group

The Dow Chemical Co. (D&MSC Work Processes)

TiLite LLC

TVS Motor Co. Ltd.

Tyco Electronics

USANA Health Sciences

Vanns Spices

VirTex Assembly Services

Wetherill Associates Inc.

About Manufacturing Enterprise Communications

Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a division of Thomas Publishing Co. LLC, the leading information resource for manufacturing executives, produces industry-specific information for global manufacturing markets. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications provides critical content to innovative and forward-thinking manufacturing companies that use enterprise systems and information, and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications powers the Managing Automation magazine and Website; the Manufacturing Executive Website, Manufacturing Leadership Council, and Manufacturing Executive Leadership Journal; the Manufacturing Leadership Summit; and the PM100 Awards program.


May 9-11, 2011 * The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL

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