Indianapolis plant wins manufacturing award

January 29, 2008

An Indianapolis plant owned by Kentucky-based General Cable Corp. has been named one of the 10 best in the nation by the trade publication Industry Week.

The plant, at 7920 Rockville Road near Indianapolis International Airport, makes polymer compounds. It combines Six Sigma continuous improvement and lean manufacturing techniques, and blends managers and union workers well, the publication said.

Also, many of the 58 employees are highly experienced and have rural and small-town backgrounds that make them better team players, it said.

The compounds are used in General Cable's wire and cable plants, but the other plants aren't forced to buy products from the Indianapolis operation. The Indianapolis plant competes against the likes of Dow Chemical Co.

Batesville Casket Co., a unit of Batesville-based Hillenbrand Industries Inc., also received mention as one of the 10 best for its operation in Vicksburg, Miss. About 239 union workers at the Mississippi site make wooden parts for caskets.

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