PORT ALLEGANY — Saint-Gobain North America recently announced that it has been recognized with three Manufacturing Leadership Awards by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers.

The company was honored for its outstanding achievements in both the Sustainability and World-Class Manufacturing categories; additionally, Saint-Gobain employee Burlan “B.A.” Sizemore was recognized with an individual award in the Next-Generation Leadership category.

Sizemore is a 2014 graduate of Smethport High school.

Saint-Gobain’s wins in the Sustainability and World-Class Manufacturing categories further support its efforts in both of these areas. The company was honored in the Sustainability category for its continuous commitment to driving improvement in resource efficiency across operations, evident in its long-established environmental impact reduction work and long-term goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Saint-Gobain’s award in the World-Class Manufacturing (WCM) category recognized the company’s WCM model for operational excellence and continuous improvement through reducing wastes in operations.

“As a company, Saint-Gobain aims to further the manufacturing industry with our work in both sustainability and world-class, lean manufacturing,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America. “These awards are validation of our work in these areas, which is only continuing in the years to come. On behalf of everyone at Saint-Gobain, we are honored to receive these awards that truly cement our place as industry leaders.”

The awards also highlight Saint-Gobain’s commitment to supporting and educating the next-generation workforce.

Sizemore joined Saint-Gobain as part of the company’s 2019 Essentials of Manufacturing program, an early career college recruiting initiative developed to identify, hire and retain the talent needed to fill emerging roles in manufacturing. The Next-Generation Leadership award recognizes his contributions and achievements on several projects that demonstrate new ways of thinking.

Saint-Gobain will be recognized at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which is to be held on the last day of Rethink: The Manufacturing Leadership Council Summit at the JW Marriott Marco Island in Marco Island, Fla.

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