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Nordson Facility Named Finalist in Best Plant Competition

Nordson Corp.’s Swainsboro, Ga., manufacturing facility was named a finalist in Industry Week magazine’s 2007 Best Plants competition. The Nordson plant was recognized as one of the top 21 plants in the United States. The facility produces ProBlue adhesive melters, dispensing guns, modules and nozzles.

Established in 1990, the annual competition salutes plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness enhance customer satisfaction and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. The competition encourages manufacturing managers and work teams to emulate the honorees by adopting world-class practices, technologies and improvement strategies, according to Nordson.

Entrants are judged on criteria including:  Proactive environmental and safety practices; operational improvements; agile production systems; supplier partnerships; customer focus; employee empowerment; quality systems; management practices; and manufacturing capability.

“We entered the competition with the goal of learning and benchmarking ourselves against world-class manufacturers,” says Jim DeVries, vice president of operations for Nordson Adhesive Systems Group.  “Even though we’re pleased to be a finalist, it’s really all about learning.  For example, as a result of participating in the competition, we’ve redefined the way we measure quality. We now see a direct connection between what customers are thinking about our quality and what comes out of the Swainsboro facility.”

Industry Week selected Nordson from more than 200 entries in 2007. The top 21 are recognized as finalists. Ten winners are then selected and featured in Industry Week issues throughout the year.

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