Concentric Rockford Awarded 2016 Silver Award for Progress toward Excellence by the ILPEx Recognition Program

Peoria, IL (December 14, 2016) – The ILPEx Recognition Program has announced Concentric Rockford, Inc. of Rockford, IL as a recipient of the 2016 Silver Award for Progress toward Excellence. Concentric Rockford will be formally honored at the annual award ceremony and recognition dinner on March 30, 2017, at the Hyatt Lodge at Hamburger University located in Oak Brook, IL.

“This is Concentric Rockford’s third application for an ILPEx Award for Excellence. To have received the Silver Award for Progress toward Excellence as a manufacturing organization is an exceptional result for the Rockford team,” says Martin Bradford, Senior Vice President of Hydraulics. “The ILPEx framework is a powerful model which continues to be the foundation from which our Concentric Business Excellence program is based upon. It underpins our approach for sustainability in everything we do for our customers, employees and stakeholders. The Silver Award from the ILPEx Recognition Program supports the continuous improvement journey that the Rockford team has embraced and we are honored to receive it.”

The ILPEx Silver Award for Progress toward Excellence is granted to those organizations which have demonstrated progress in building a systematic approach based in the Baldrige Excellence Framework, with evidence of deployment across organizational units.

Concentric AB’s mission is to design, develop and manufacture high quality, customer-focused solutions for hydraulic and engine applications within our global markets. Concentric Rockford is the North American Centre of Excellence for hydraulic product and is a key part of the company vision to deliver sustainable growth in every application in the markets they serve using world-class technology, a global infrastructure and business excellence in all they do.

“We are delighted to recognize a manufacturing organization with the ILPEx Silver Award,” said Ben Krupowicz, Executive Director of the ILPEx Recognition Program. “Concentric Rockford’s achievement demonstrates both their ability to compete on a global scale and the strength of manufacturing in the state of Illinois. They have differentiated themselves from their competition through their pursuit of performance excellence.”

To improve its global service, Concentric Rockford is on a Baldrige journey of systematic improvement. The ILPEx Recognition Program recognized Concentric Rockford with a Bronze Award for Commitment to Excellence in 2012 and 2014. The feedback reports from examiners, combined with internal assessments based on the Baldrige framework were used to prioritize and address its most meaningful opportunities for improvement. Concentric Rockford exemplifies the concept of continual improvement, and going forward, the organization will use its latest feedback report to pursue further continuous cycles of learning and take the next steps toward performance excellence.

The 2016 ILPEx Board of Examiners – comprised of 45 experts in business, education, health care and government – volunteered over 9,800 hours assessing each applicant in seven categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce; operations; and results. The ILPEx Panel of Judges is responsible for validating the integrity of the ILPEx Awards for Excellence recognition cycle and determining recognition levels for each applicant. The panel is composed of experts selected from all industry sectors and geographic regions across the state of Illinois.

Since 1994, there have been 270 ILPEx Award for Excellence applicants and approximately 1,500 examiners, representing over 150,000 hours of work, resulting in appropriately $7 million in volunteered time – all to make Illinois organizations more competitive, create jobs, and improve communities. As your preferred resource for growth and enterprise excellence, IMEC also offers training and support to help you address the Baldrige Criteria from leadership to results.

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About the ILPEx Recognition Program (IMEC)

Through the ILPEx Recognition Program, IMEC leverages the Baldrige Excellence Framework as a foundation for driving organizational improvement and enterprise excellence across the state of Illinois. By strategically prioritizing those improvements, IMEC provides a range of hands-on, goal-oriented solutions in continuous improvement, strategy, workforce, and more to lead organizations to their competitive future. A non-profit economic development organization, IMEC is funded in part by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and through fees paid by Illinois businesses for IMEC’s services. IMEC has seven offices statewide and 48 full-time industry improvement specialists.

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Concentric Rockford Media Contact:
Jerry L. Rumple
Concentric Rockford Continuous Improvement Manager