LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Global nutrition company Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) announced today that its Senior Vice President of Worldwide Manufacturing and Engineering Joseph Plunkett, P.E., has been named a 2016 Manufacturing Leadership Award recipient.
Plunkett, who joined Herbalife in 1998, received the “Visionary Leadership” award for his leading role in helping Herbalife develop, implement, and manage a strategy of self-manufacturing at Herbalife.
As a result of investing more than $250 million during the past six years, the company now self-manufactures nearly 70 percent of all its nutrition products. As part of that investment, Herbalife commenced production of its $130 million, 800,000 square foot Herbalife Innovation and Manufacturing facility in 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The facility includes a research and development laboratory. In Lake Forest, California, Herbalife maintains a 133,00 square foot Innovation and Manufacturing facility, which includes a quality control laboratory. Both facilities are certified by NSF International and comply with current Good Manufacturing Practices, and the quality laboratories at both facilities are ISO17025 certified and accredited.
“I am honored, on behalf of the Herbalife manufacturing and engineering team, to receive this prestigious industry award,” said Joseph Plunkett, P.E., senior vice president of worldwide manufacturing and engineering, Herbalife. “At Herbalife, we pride ourselves in making the necessary investments to create a competitive advantage in the manufacturing of regulated nutrition products such as dietary supplements, foods and acidified foods.”
Now in its 12th year, the ML Awards honor organizations and individuals that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into 13 categories, evaluated and scored by a panel of expert judges. Twelve of the ML Awards categories are for outstanding projects by a manufacturing company.
“Winners of the 2016 ML Awards have proven that they are at the forefront of a global, technology-driven transformation that we call Manufacturing 4.0,” said Global Vice President and Editorial Director of the Manufacturing Leadership Council David R. Brousell. “By relentlessly improving and digitizing every corner of their operations, these outstanding leaders are not only delivering greater value to customers, they are redefining excellence in the manufacturing industry. We congratulate them.”
The 73 organizations on the list of ML Award winners include small and large enterprises representing a wide range of manufacturing markets. They all leverage best-in-class processes, technologies and engage teams to distinguish themselves from their competitors.