Harris Products Group Recognized by Officials for Being Named Top U.S. Plant

Mason, OH - Mar 06, 2013 :

IW Best Plants WinnerRepresentatives from the State of Ohio and City of Mason gathered on March 1, 2013 to honor The Harris Products Group for its recognition by IndustryWeek as one of the country’s Best Plants and for its contribution to the community. Nearly 200 employees of the company’s Mason facility and global headquarters gathered to hear the remarks and accept the honor.

The city and state honored the company following recognition as one of the best manufacturing plants in North America. The facility was named one of six winners in IndustryWeek’s prestigious Best Plants competition.

"The Harris Products Group is proud to be an integral part of the business community in Southwest Ohio," said David J. Nangle, president of The Harris Products Group. "From this Mason location, we deliver more than half of our product volume to customers in more than 90 countries around the world."

IndustryWeek named the six winners of its competition earlier this year and profiled each in January’s issue of the magazine. Participants completed an application in 2012 that involved a lengthy description and data supporting the plant’s accomplishments, improvements and operations in multiple categories. These include Management Practices, Quality Achievements, Employment Practices, Safety, Customer Focus, Supply Chain and Logistics, Technology, Manufacturing & Flexibility, Maintenance, Inventory Management, Environmental Stewardship and Competiveness & Market Results.

Sherri Carbo, the Southwest Regional Liaison for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, provided comments and congratulations to plant leaders and employees. Carbo read a proclamation from the State of Ohio on Friday, declaring the day to be Harris Products Group Day.

"The Harris Products Group has been a shining example of Ohio’s comeback as they have reimagined their business plan in order to meet the demands of their industry," Carbo said. "It is our honor to acknowledge your successes, and we hope that you will be able to continue to capitalize on your hard work and determination."

Mason, OH Vice Mayor Victor Kidd and Harris CEO David NangleMason Vice Mayor Victor Kidd also read a proclamation from the city: "After delivering compelling proof of strong manufacturing performance and a comprehensive focus on continuous improvement, the Harris Products Group facility in Mason, Ohio, has officially won IndustryWeek’s 2012 prestigious Best Plants competition, recognizing them as a pacesetter among North American manufacturers."

Mason Mayor David Nichols also passed along his congratulations.

"As a former CEO, I know first-hand what a challenge it can be to ensure a company is meeting performance metrics across the board. Harris Products Group, a long-time partner of the City of Mason, didn’t just meet company targets – according to IndustryWeek, they broke records, shattered expectations and yielded industry best results to become one of the top 6 plants in North America," he said. "Congratulations on this tremendous recognition. Not only is this significant for Harris, but also for economic development in Mason and Ohio as it draws attention from Harris customers and supply chain vendors across the U.S."

An international manufacturer of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems, the Harris Products Group operates two U.S. plants, a distribution and manufacturing facility in City of Industry, Calif., and facilities in Europe and Brazil.

The Mason, Ohio, facility manufactures brazing and soldering alloys along with brazing rings and return bends. The alloys are used in the manufacture of OEM products in HVAC/R, transportation and automotive, mining and energy, heavy fabrication and other industries. The products manufactured in Mason are sold in the U.S. and exported to 96 countries.

As part of the event, Nangle also announced individual recognitions for plant employees for perfect attendance and honored six President’s Award winners for their contributions to the company’s success.

"The accolades we have received this year are only possible because of our team’s commitment to the customer, to high quality and to continuous improvement. These individuals exemplify the qualities of a company performing at its best. For every one being honored today, there are dozens more worthy of recognition," Nangle said.

The Harris Products Group was named among other renowned companies for the IndustryWeek award, including Ethicon, LLC, La-Z-Boy, and Lockheed Martin. To read the online profile, visit http://www.industryweek.com/iw-best-plants/2012-iw-best-plants-winner-driven-data.

About The Harris Products Group
The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems. Harris Products Group products are sold and used in more than 90 countries. Named a 2012 IndustryWeek Best Plant for excellence in manufacturing, the company’s Mason, Ohio, facility serves as its international corporate headquarters. For more information about the Harris Products Group and its products and services, please visit www.harrisproductsgroup.com or call Customer Service at 1-800-733-4043.

About the City of Mason
Mason, Ohio, is the largest municipality in Warren County, Ohio, and considered part of the CincinnatiUSA Region. With more than 90 corporate, high-tech and industrial businesses located in the city limits, Mason has grown to become a magnet for cutting edge industries ranging from biohealth and advanced manufacturing to global publicly-held corporations. Cintas, Procter & Gamble, Luxottica Retail, Mitsubishi, AssureRx, and FANUC Robotics America, are just a few of the companies that call Mason home. The top 10 largest employers generate more than $5.3 million annually in earnings revenue that is reinvested into the community. Overall, it is estimated that there are more than 500 businesses that operate within Mason's 18 square miles. The City of Mason also has its own Port Authority, which allows the City to work as a strategic development partner with area businesses to provide competitive advantages.

Contact Information:
Ira Vea Bennett, Director of Marketing
The Harris Products Group
2345 Murphy Boulevard
Gainesville, GA 30504-6000
Tel: 678.928.3772
Fax: 770.535.8358
Email: ira_bennett@lincolnelectric.com