Leading2Lean Operational Excellence Awards

Submissions open through January 31, 2017

Recognizing Operational Excellence

At Leading2Lean we have the honor of being engaged in the quest for improvement and operational excellence with many leading manufacturers across the world. There’s a lot of talk in our industry about operational excellence, but it’s much more rare to see it in action. We are honored to be able to partner with manufacturers and see firsthand the significant improvements being made.

For this purpose the Leading2Lean Operational Excellence Awards were created, to recognize those who are leading the industry and achieving outstanding results. Our hope is that these awards will also serve as an opportunity for manufacturers to learn best practices and be inspired by those leading the way, and apply those actions for themselves. This way we foster a growing community of exceptional manufacturers achieving excellent results.

The Operational Excellence award recipients are recognized at the annual Leading2Lean Conference. During the conference, attendees have an opportunity to learn from award winners and hear their success stories.

2016 L2L OpEx Award winner:

Read the Case Study:


West Liberty Foods, based in West Liberty, Iowa, is one of the largest turkey processors in the United States.  Executives at West Liberty Foods felt they could improve operations but needed a way to identify and solve inefficiencies stemming from a complex, manual data-entry system and lag time in understanding maintenance issues.

After implementing CloudDISPATCH, the company saved $2 million in maintenance costs by tracking where money is being spent on materials and employee time. The company has also reduced employee turnover by 50 percent, achieved 89 percent utilization of its maintenance workforce and improved operational availability in at least one of its plants to 96 percent—an increase of nearly 10 percent.

Click here to submit your plant, and fill out the simple form.

Submission period is open through January 31, 2017.


Winners will be announced by February 6, and awards presented at the L2L 2017 Conference Feb 21-23 in San Diego, CA.  Award winners will have the opportunity to share their journey and achievements at the 2017 Conference.  To submit your plant, click here

See highlights of award winners at the L2L Conference