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Donaldson plant wins performance award

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Cook, Robbie Cardot, Bartels, Maria Ramirez, and Nathan Winters stand with the trophy.
Bill Cook, president/CEO ; Deann Irvin; Kevin Borg, director of operations; Hector Chino; Dolan Bartels, plant manager; Jennifer Grobe; and Joe Lehman, vice president of global operation accept the award for the second shift.
Rick Danner, Borg, Robert Peikert, Bartels, Lehman, Pam DeMent and Cook accept the first shift trophy.

MINNEAPOLIS – Donaldson Co. Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, recently presented its manufacturing facility in Dixon with the Chairman’s Cup Award.

Each quarter, the best performing manufacturing plant or distribution center in Donaldson’s North American Operations is presented with the cup to recognize its outstanding achievement. 

Plant manager Dolan Bartels and his team were selected based on performance in the third fiscal quarter, February through April 2013.

Performance is measured in six key areas, safety, customer quality, customer delivery, inventory management, productivity, and budget management.

On June 18 and 19, Bill Cook, Donaldson’s president and CEO, and Joe Lehman, vice president of global operations, presented the cup to all shifts at the Dixon plant.

This is the third time that the Dixon facility has won the award. Dixon was the first plant to receive the award in 2006.

Dixon earned a perfect score, a distinction shared by only one other plant during the award’s history.

“This represents the 31st consecutive quarter that we have awarded the Chairman’s Cup,” Lehman said.

“Strong teamwork and dedicated effort such as this are the backbone of our company’s strategic growth plans of a $3 billion company in FY16 and $5 billion in FY21. Congratulations to the entire Dixon team on this tremendous achievement.”

The 165,000 square-foot plant manufactures air filters for industrial and engine applications.

The plant opened in September 1974 and currently employs more than 250 people.

Donaldson also employs more than 1,250 people at its corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minn., and a total of 12,500 people in 140 locations worldwide.

The company also announced the construction of a new filter manufacturing plant in Skarbimierz, Poland, to serve the filtration needs of its European and Russian customers.

The new plant will be t108,000 square feet with the capacity for future expansion.

The facility will be dedicated to the production of heavy duty air filters for both the on-road and off-road equipment markets.

The plant, expected to open in CY15, represents Donaldson’s third manufacturing presence in Central and Eastern Europe.

Donaldson’s Czech Republic operations were started in Klášterec in 2003 followed by Kadaň in 2006.

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