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2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Winners Announced

Ninety-five outstanding projects and individual Manufacturing 4.0 leaders will be honored at the Manufacturing Leadership Summit (March 14, 2018)

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council announces the world-class manufacturing companies and individual leaders set to receive recognition as winners of the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. ML Awards winners and their partners will be honored on June 13, 2018, at a gala celebration that concludes the 14th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Huntington Beach, Calif. In addition, the High Achiever Award, Manufacturers of the Year, the Manufacturing Leader of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be announced at the gala.

To see the list of the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Awards winners, click here

"The companies, projects, and individual leaders being honored with 2018 ML Awards are redefining excellence by embracing the technology-driven transformation that we call Manufacturing 4.0," said Global Vice President and Editorial Director and co-founder of the Manufacturing Leadership Council David R. Brousell. "Their inspiring achievements are allowing their companies to anticipate and thrive through the dramatic changes now rippling through the global manufacturing marketplace."

The 95 projects and individuals on the list of ML Awards winners represent small and large enterprises in a wide range of manufacturing markets. They all leverage best-in-class processes, technologies, and engaged teams to set themselves apart from the competition. Winners for 2018 include Ford, IBM, Cisco Systems, Merck, The Dow Chemical Company, and Johnson Controls.

Now in its 14th year, the ML Awards program honors organizations and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 11 categories and evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Ten of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects by a manufacturing company. Project categories include Industrial Internet of Things Leadership, Operational Excellence Leadership, and Talent Management Leadership. One category recognizes the achievements of individual manufacturing leaders.

The ML Summit is a unique, interactive gathering of manufacturing leaders from around the world. The theme for the 2018 Summit is "Accelerating the Transformation to Manufacturing 4.0." Featured speakers include Michele D'Alessandro, vice president and CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck & Co., Inc.; Brynn Watson, Vice President, Program Management, Corporate Engineering and Program Operations, Lockheed Martin; Alex Goryachev, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation Group, Cisco Systems; Praveen Jonnala, Global Vice President, IT Global Busniness Solutions, Commscope.

The nomination period for the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards will open in September.

Expert judges for the 2018 ML Awards were:

David R. Brousell
Global Vice President, Research, and Editorial Director
Manufacturing Leadership Council

John Gagel
Global Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability
Lexmark International

Ronald Castro
Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain Execution

Brad Heath
VirTex Enterprises

Jeff Gallinat
Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing Operations
Cisco Systems

Michael Packer
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Programs
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works

Val Zanchuk
Graphicast Inc.

David Mongrue
Vice President, Operations
The Dow Chemical Company

Michele D'Alessandro
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Manufacturing IT
Merck & Co., Inc.

Allison Grealis
Founder and President
Women in Manufacturing

Caralynn Collens
UI Labs

Craig Bandes
President and CEO
Pixelligent, Inc.

Praveen Jonnala
Vice President, Global Business Solutions Development

Dennis Hoeg
Vice President
North America Chief Operating Officer
Nexteer Automotive

About the Manufacturing Leadership Council

Established in 2008, the Manufacturing Leadership Council's mission is to inspire and support manufacturing executives to achieve transformational growth for themselves, their companies, and the industry at large through enlightened leadership. With around 1,000 senior-level members from many of the world's leading manufacturing companies, the Council focuses on the intersection of advanced technologies and the business, identifying growth and improvement opportunities in the operation, organization and leadership of manufacturing enterprises as they pursue their journeys to Manufacturing 4.0. In support of its mission, the Council produces an extensive portfolio of thought-leading content, networking events, research, industry awards, and professional development products, programs, and services for its members.

For more information and MLC membership details, please visit

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