Square D employees get a peek at Top Plant award at event

The formal presentation of the 2007 Top Plant awards comes on April 2 at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit, but Square D employees in Lincoln, NE got a sneak peek at the trophy during an event Feb. 8 to recognize the award. Plant Engineering publisher Jim Langhenry and editor Bob Vavra presented the award to Square D plant manager Jamie McDonald at a luncheon at the facility.

By Staff March 1, 2007

The formal presentation of the 2007 Top Plant awards comes on April 2 at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit, but Square D employees in Lincoln, NE got a sneak peek at the trophy during an event Feb. 8 to recognize the award.

Plant Engineering publisher Jim Langhenry and editor Bob Vavra presented the award to Square D plant manager Jamie McDonald at a luncheon at the facility. More than 250 people attended the luncheon, including more than 65 retirees from the Lincoln plant. Also on hand were Schneider Electric president and CEO Dave Petratis, Mary Frances Cox, senior vice president of operations for Square D, and Lloyd Palmer, the company’s vice president of manufacturing operations. Representing the Lincoln community were mayor Coleen Seng and Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy.

“You can be proud of the fact that Square D has set the bar so high when it comes to excellence in manufacturing,” Sheehy told the luncheon. “I want to particularly applaud the improvements this facility has made in order to ensure a safe work environment.

“In the midst of 21st Century technology and advancements, dedicated and innovative people are the heart and soul of any manufacturing operation, and Lincoln’s Square D plant is no exception,” Sheehy added. “We are very fortunate to have such a top notch facility here in our capital city.”

For Petratis, who will be the keynote speaker at the Manufacturing Summit April 2—3 in Chicago, the visit to Lincoln was a return to his roots in the company. He was plant manager at the Lincoln facility earlier in his career, and greeted many of the line workers who he credited with helping teach him about the facility and the manufacturing process during his tenure.

At one point, Square D McDonald presented longtime Lincoln employee Jean Masek with the trophy in recognition of her hard work, years with the plant and for being a cheerleader for the Lincoln facility. Masek brought the trophy back to the table, where it was a centerpiece for the remainder of the luncheon.

Since then, the Top Plant trophy has been making the rounds while in Lincoln, including a visit to the University of Nebraska School of Engineering as part of a recruitment day at the school.

This is the third year the Top Plant award has been presented. In 2007, Square D, Toyota in Georgetown, KY and BMW in Spartanburg, SC, receive the award at an April 2 dinner, part of the 2007 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit. For details on the event, go to www.plantengineering.com/summit .