Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association Concludes "Manufacturers Week"

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association concluded “Manufacturers Week” Thursday morning with the Manufacturers Excellence Awards Breakfast at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Senators Mike Bell, Todd Gardenhire, and Bo Watson presented a proclamation issued by the State of Tennessee along with Speaker of the Senate Ron Ramsey and Representative Gerald McCormick that declared April 22-28, 2013 as “Manufacturers Week” in Tennessee.

The winners of the 2013 CRMA Manufacturers Excellence Awards were announced at the breakfast. The Manufacturers Excellence Awards serve the purpose of recognizing organizations that are exemplifying practices that result in manufacturing excellence. The awards distinguish entire organizations for their overall achievements and positive impacts.

The CRMA Company of the Year Award, the overall most prestigious award given by the association, was awarded to Card-Monroe Corporation, a manufacturer of custom built tufting equipment located in Hixson. The Company of the Year Award is awarded to an organization that represents the best in manufacturing and shows leadership across all functions of manufacturing, including a strong corporate commitment to safety, strong commitment to human engagement, evidence of sound practices in business operations, as well as evidence of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing practices. Card-Monroe Corporation exemplified all of these qualities, leading to the selection of the organization as 2013 CRMA Manufacturers Excellence Company of the Year.

Lodge Manufacturing, a manufacturer of iron cookware located in South Pittsburg, Tn., was the recipient of the 2013 CRMA Energy Award of Excellence. Lodge Manufacturing won the award based on their strong commitment to reduce energy by taking a focused approach through several projects that have significantly reduced the energy usage of the company’s own manufacturing processes.

The company selected to win the CRMA Environmental Award of Excellence based on all aspects of environmental stewardship within the organization was Cormetech, Inc., a company that specializes in the manufacturing of catalysts and is located in Cleveland, Tn. Cormetech, Inc. has shown a strong commitment to high environmental standards in many areas, primarily through a waste management program, recycling, raw material recovery, reduction of hazardous waste streams, and their partnership with educators to promote environmental programs in schools.

The CRMA Safety Award of Excellence was received by Propex, a company that manufactures textile fibers and is located in Chattanooga. Propex was selected as the recipient of the Safety Award based on their demonstration of a strong effort in safety through a safety improvement program which includes safety training, job task analyses, daily safety discussions, documented routine site inspections, and further steps that are backed by a strong commitment by top management.

Following the award presentation, CRMA President/CEO Tim Spires announced the formation of the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers (TAM), which will serve as a statewide organization to represent manufacturers throughout all regions of Tennessee.


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