Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has won an award for outstanding business practices. The Operational Excellence award is from the Valley Industrial Association (VIA), which represents the manufacturing industry in the Fox Valley region of Illinois, a large industrial area near Chicago and one of the larger manufacturing regions in the U.S. Midwest.
The VIA’s Excellence in Operations Award recognizes leadership in operational strategic planning and implementation.
Aurora was a finalist for two Spark Award categories—Social Responsibility and Operational Excellence. The awards process included a detailed submission and a lengthy interview that emphasized Aurora’s continuous operational improvements. This includes utilization of Kaizen Events and Green Belt projects, two of the key performance indicators used to measure operations effectiveness, as well as cross-training, on-board training for operators and benchmarking with other plants.