MasterCraft Boats has been named among the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants, an award honoring operational excellence in the manufacturing.

MasterCraft, based in Vonore, is one of eight North American manufacturing facilities to be recognized this year. The IndustryWeek Best Plants list awards companies that have successfully implemented strategies to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction and foster stimulating work environments.

Past recipients of the honor include Harley Davidson, Lockheed Martin and Toyota.

“MasterCraft is honored to earn the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants award and be recognized among these elite manufacturing facilities,” said Terry McNew, president and CEO of MasterCraft, in a statement. “Across the company, we continue to set new benchmarks for operational excellence and establish best practices in manufacturing. Our dedicated employees, management team and board members each were instrumental in the company earning this award.”

Founded in 1968, MasterCraft designs, manufactures and markets premium performance sport boats.

One key driver in its selection was the company’s employee empowerment program that encourages factory line workers to suggest improvements to the production process. According to MasterCraft, more than 13,000 employee-generated improvements were implemented over the course of the last fiscal year alone.

MasterCraft will be honored during the 2016 IndustryWeek Manufacturing and Technology Conference and Expo in early May, and is going to be profiled in an upcoming issue of IndustryWeek Magazine.

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