Accuride Henderson Wins 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award


HENDERSON, Ky. - Accuride's Henderson Operations steel wheel facility was announced as The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award winner on Sept. 16, 2014. The AME Manufacturing Excellence Award is the premier award for excellence in manufacturing operations. The award acknowledges continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation. The company will be honored during the2014 AME International Excellence Inside ConferenceNov. 10-14 in Jacksonville, Fla. as well.

 "AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recipients are truly a class above the rest. When you see these facilities in person, you're witnessing the pinnacle of operational excellence in action." said AME President Paul Kuchuris. 


 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award      winner, Accuride, trades on the New York  Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol,  ACW.


Accuride Corporation is a leading supplier of components to the North American commercial vehicle industry. Its products include commercial vehicle wheels; wheel-end components and assemblies; and specialty cast-iron components for a range of agricultural, construction and mining, and oil and gas equipment applications. The company's products are marketed under its brand names, which include Accuride®, Accuride Wheel End SolutionsTM, Gunite®, and BrillionTM. 
"Accuride is deeply honored to have our Henderson Operations steel wheel plant chosen as a 2014 AME Manufacturing Excellence Award recipient," Accuride President & CEO Rick Dauch said. "This recognition demonstrates our Henderson team's dedication to continuous improvement and the results that can be achieved when a manufacturing facility wholeheartedly embraces the principles of lean manufacturing."

"Accuride being recognized with the 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award proves that our region has a world-class workforce," Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider said. "It is proof that companies who want to grow and prosper can do so in Northwest Kentucky."

The AME assessment team noted during their evaluation that the Accuride Henderson facility exhibited an impressive commitment to implementing enterprise excellence at all levels. They were particularly struck by the facility's dedication to performance improvement through foundational adjustments, noting, "The plant has made a major commitment to raise its level of performance and have chosen many of the principles of the lean enterprise as the foundation for driving the business."

A worker at Accuride's Henderson facility helps to ensure quality production. Accuride employs 189 full-time Kyndle region employees. 

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Accuride's Henderson facility is a leading producer of steel wheels for the North American commercial vehicle industry and was established in 1974. Today, it encompasses 306,000 square feet on 130 acres. The facility recently underwent a more than $6 million coating system upgrade and is home to Accuride's North American wheels research and development, product development and testing facilities, and produces more than 10,000 wheels daily for the heavy truck industry.
The presence of such a high quality manufacturer in Kyndle's region is a testament to the skilled workforce available in the area. Currently Accuride Corp. employs189 full-time Kyndle-area employees. The company's website can be viewed online at
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is the premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence. Through engaging workshops, plant tours, webinars, summits and industry-leading conferences, AME members are continually discovering and implementing new continuous improvement strategies and best practices. For more information about AME and their mission to lead the "Renaissance of Manufacturing in North America", visit or email

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