Press Release

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Shaun Barker
The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence
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LOGAN, Utah, April 15, 2011 – Organizations from the United States, Mexico, and Brazil received honors for their achievements at the 23rd Annual Shingo Prize Awards Ceremony, March 31, 2011. World-class operational excellence is the hallmark for 14 award recipients of The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence business program.

The Shingo Prize is recognized as the premier international award for operational excellence and serves as an organizational roadmap for vision and strategy alignment, employee empowerment, continuous improvement, innovation and development, quality, and sustainable results.

Award recipients received their honors at the international Shingo Prize conference held in Cincinnati Northern Kentucky March 28 – April 1, 2011. “We congratulate this year’s recipients for their broad application of lean principles across all of their core business processes,” said Bob Miller, The Shingo Prize Executive Director. “They are clearly building cultures of continuous improvement and empowering every single individual to contribute to the success of the business.”

“The award recipients have proven themselves as leaders in operational excellence and have challenged traditional paradigms to face competitive challenges in today’s global economy,” said Miller. “They’ve demonstrated a wide variety of best practices in their business processes and have achieved outstanding results in quality, cost, and value for their customers.”

The Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award was also presented to the authors of seven books and one DVD. The Shingo Research Award recognizes and promotes research and writing regarding new knowledge and understanding of lean and operational excellence.

The 2011 Shingo Award recipients are:

The Shingo Prize:
Goodyear do Brasil Productos de Borracha Ltda – Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil
John Deere, Power Products – Greeneville, Tennessee, USA
Lycoming Engines - Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA (Enterprise Level)

Shingo Silver Medallion:
Autoliv Steering Wheels Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. – El Marques, Queretaro, Mexico

Shingo Bronze Medallion:
Denver Health, Community Health Services – Denver, Colorado, USA
Tobyhanna Army Depot, AIM-9M Sidewinder Missile – Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, USA

Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award:
Follow the Learner: The Role of a Leader in Creating a Lean Culture by Dr. Sami Bahri, D.D.S.
Lean Enablers for Systems Engineering by Bohdan "Bo" W. Oppenheim, Earll M. Murman, and Deborah A. Secor
Lean IT: Enabling and Sustaining Your Lean Transformation by Steven Bell and Michael Orzen
Stories From My Sensei by Steven E. Hoeft
The Lean Manager by Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé
Toast Value Stream Mapping by Bruce Hamilton and Patricia Wardwell
Toyota Kata by Mike Rother
Toyota Under Fire: Lessons for Turning Crisis into Opportunity by Jeffrey K. Liker and Timothy N. Ogden

For 23 years, The Shingo Prize has educated, assessed, and recognized operational excellence in outstanding companies around the world. The philosophy of The Shingo Prize is that a sustainable culture of continuous improvement is achieved by focusing on the principles of operational excellence, aligning management systems, and implementing improvement techniques throughout an entire organization. The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is administered by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. More information can be found at and


Style Guide – Shingo Awards
When referring to awards from The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence business program, please follow these guidelines:

Reference to “The Shingo Prize” as an award is reserved for the highest level of recognition and is to be used by recipients of “The Shingo Prize.”
Organizations awarded Shingo Silver or Bronze Medallions should be referred to as “Shingo Silver or Bronze Medallion recipients.”
Awards received for a book, published article, case study or publication should be referred to as a “Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award.”
Reference to the word “Prize” in conjunction with a medallion, person, book or publication, for example: “Shingo Prize Silver Medallion” or “John Doe’s book awarded The Shingo Prize” is not authorized and such usage is discouraged.
When referring to The Shingo Prize as an organization, please use “The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.”