HASTINGS, Minn. (May 31, 2007) — Smead® Manufacturing Company, a leading provider of filing and organizational products, was selected as a winner of the third annual Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program, selected by Managing Automation.

The awards program recognizes manufacturers that are being progressive in their businesses, in the management of their operations and in their use of advanced technologies. The Progressive Manufacturing 50 Awards Program recognizes 50 companies that have achieved distinction in at least one of the eight core disciplines defined by Managing Automation as critical to business success in the years ahead. These disciplines include: Business Model Mastery, Customer Mastery, Supply Network Mastery, Data & Integration Mastery, Innovation Mastery, Training & Education Mastery, Leadership (new), and Operational Excellence (new).

Project nominations were reviewed by an independent judging panel. Judges evaluated and scored nominated projects based on the following criteria: project scope, business impact, customer impact, technology use and scale. Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners were the companies receiving the highest total scores.

The Progressive Manufacturing 50 award winners will be honored and presented with their awards at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala Dinner to be held on the last day of the 2007 Progressive Manufacturing Summit, June 12-14, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. In addition to presenting the awards to the Progressive Manufacturing 50 winners, Managing Automation will also announce at the Gala Dinner High Achievers in each of the 8 disciplines as well as the 2007 Progressive Manufacturer of the Year.

"These companies exemplify the best in manufacturing," explained David R. Brousell, Editor-in Chief of Managing Automation. “They are developing new ways of building products, bringing those products to market, and managing the relationships they need to succeed. They are masters of new ways of thinking about their companies, applying advanced technologies and achieving breakthroughs in the business of manufacturing.”

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Managing Automation, published by Thomas Publishing Company, LLC, provides a complete set of decision-support informational tools for progressive manufacturers -- companies who are using information and automation technologies to transform their businesses and create a sustainable competitive advantage. Its monthly magazine, website, information technology comparison and match database, and executive conferences reach the entire integrated technology buying team -- executives, line-of-business managers and IT management – at every stage of the technology buying process. Additional information can be found at

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Smead,, is a worldwide leader in office filing products and records management systems. For more than 100 years, Smead has brought a spirit of innovation and integrity to keeping businesses and home offices organized. Headquartered in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a privately held, woman-owned business offering 5,000 organizational products with more than 2,600 employees in 14 manufacturing plants located across North America and Europe, including its Smead-Europe operations in The Netherlands.