LOGAN, UT - Organizations from the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom and India will receive honors for their achievements at the 22nd Annual Shingo Prize Awards Ceremony, May 20, 2010. World-class operational excellence is the hallmark for 13 award recipients of The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence business program.

The Shingo Prize is recognized as the premier international award for operational excellence and serves as an organizational roadmap for vision and strategy alignment; employee empowerment; continuous improvement; innovation and development; quality and sustainable results.

Award recipients will receive their honors at the international Shingo Prize conference held in Salt Lake City May 17 to 21. Dr. Stephen R. Covey, internationally recognized authority on leadership and a best-selling author, will present the awards along with Ritsuo Shingo, son of the late Shigeo Shingo for whom The Shingo Prize was named.

“We congratulate this year’s recipients for their broad application of lean principles across all of their core business processes,” says Bob Miller, Shingo Prize executive director. “They are clearly building cultures of continuous improvement and empowering every single individual to contribute to the success of the business.”

“The award recipients have proven themselves as leaders in operational excellence and have challenged traditional paradigms to face competitive challenges in today’s global economy,” says Miller. “They’ve demonstrated a wide variety of best practices in their business processes and have achieved outstanding results in quality, cost and value for their customers.”

Award recipients to be honored:

The Shingo Prize:
Guanajuato Manufacturing Complex North Plant, AAM - Silao, Mexico
Interiores Aéreos S.A. De C.V. Gulfstream Aerospace - Mexicali, Mexico

Shingo Silver Medallion:
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company - Lawton, OK
HID Global - North Haven, CT
Hi-Tech Gears Limited - Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Valeo Sylvania Iluminación - Queretaro, Mexico

Shingo Bronze Medallion:
BAE Systems - Samlesbury - Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Baxter Healthcare - Los Angeles
Fleet Readiness Center Southeast - TSRS Shop - Jacksonville, FL
Letterkenny Army Depot, Patriot Missile - Chambersburg, PA
Red River Army Depot, Up-Armored HMMWV/HEAT - Texarkana, TX
Ultraframe UK Ltd. - Clitheroe, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Visteon Interamerican Plant - Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico

For 22 years The Shingo Prize has educated, assessed and recognized operational excellence in outstanding companies around the world. The philosophy of The Shingo Prize is that a sustainable culture of continuous improvement is achieved by focusing on the principles of operational excellence, aligning management systems and implementing improvement techniques throughout an entire organization. The Shingo Prize is administered by The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.