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Starbucks roasting plant receives manufacturing award

Staff Reports

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence has named the Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant in Johnson Lane the 2012 recipient of its Manufacturing Excellence Award.

The plant produces and distributes 12 different kinds of coffee bags packed with either ground or whole-bean coffees. From there, the plant ships directly to Starbucks stores and food service locations.

“There is effective protocol for deploying key company goals and a regular practice of sending people from the plant to visit stores, growers and suppliers,” said Paul Kuchuris, AME president. “They also change the themes of each weekly leadership meeting to focus on different areas like safety, action items, operational excellence and the like, and this has proven very effective for them.”

AME’s Manufacturing Excellence Awards honor North American manufacturing plants that “demonstrate significant progress in their journeys toward enterprise excellence through continuous improvement over a three-year period.”

The award was presented during a ceremony Oct. 16 in Chicago.

For more information about AME, visit

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