Champions for Quality Awards

2023 Champions for Quality Awards Winners.

The 6th annual Champions for Quality Awards feature public award nominations from manufacturers worldwide and insight-driven awards from the EASE plant floor platform. The awards recognize individuals, specific manufacturing facilities, and entire organizations across a range of categories.

Congratulations to our 2023 winners for your ongoing commitment to manufacturing quality!

Public nominated awards.

The following award winners and honorable mentions were all nominated by the pubic and selected by a panel of Ease employees based on the stories and information provided.

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Leadership nominees are strong advocates for quality and operations programs with organization-wide benefits. Congratulations to our Leadership Award recipients.


Ram Sukumar – HEXPOL

Marietta, GA, USA

Abdulmajid Patel – IAC International Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.

Maharashtra, India

Honorable Mentions

John Sedgwick – HEXPOL

McKenzie, TN, USA

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Ambassadors are known for fostering a culture of quality at their manufacturing plants with layered process audits and other quality initiatives. This year, two nominees rose above an incredibly competitive field and were selected as co-winners of our Ambassador Award.


Thais Nishimura – Magna International

Telford, UK

Marcelo Rodolfo – Magna International

Joinville, Brazil

Fabio Adad – Magna International

São José dos Pinhais, Brazil

Jose Filipe – Magna International

Ibirite, Brazil

Adriano Castro – Magna International

Santo Antônio da Patrulha, Brazil

Honorable Mentions

Andrew A. Horton – Gestamp Mason LLC

Mason, MI, USA

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Trailblazers earn recognition for using the EASE plant floor audit software for more than just layered process audits, leveraging the platform for other audit types including safety audits, 5S, and more.


Fabián A. Medina – Grammer Automotive Puebla S.A. of C.V. Queretaro Plant

Santiago de Querétaro, Qro

Honorable Mentions

Charles Green – AeroTEC Inc.

Moses Lake, WA, USA

Caitlyn Hillman – OPmobility

Windsor, ON

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Influencers have dedicated their careers to training leaders and influencing quality on a global scale.


Shaunak Anant Chandwadkar – Valeo Lighting Systems, NA.

Seymour, IN, USA

Mariana Alionte – OPmobility

Windsor, ON

Honorable Mentions

Davide Cecchinato – Molex Zetronic S.r.l.

Padova, Italy

Categories based on EASE data.

The following category winners and honorable mentions were determined using insights data from the EASE plant floor audit platform, recognizing individuals, specific manufacturing facilities and entire organizations for their commitment to quality excellence!

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Plant of the Year

The Winner of this award was required to exceed 2,500 plant floor audits per year and create at least 500 findings in the same period. To choose the winner, the team looked at a combination of weighted audit insights including the percentage of on-time completed plant floor audits and on-time completed findings.


DANA Off-Highway (Yancheng) Drive systems Co.,Ltd. — DANA, Inc.

Yancheng - Jiangsu – PRC

Honorable Mentions

CpK Interiors Products Port Hope — CpK Interiors Products

Port Hope, CAN


Atlacomulco, Méx., Mexico

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Auditor of the Year

A plant floor auditor is not a dedicated position within a manufacturing plant, but a role carried out by employees across the plant – including those that may not be part of quality or operations. To keep auditors engaged, EASE awards achievement badges to auditors based on performance. The winner of this category was required to already hold an EASE Guru badge and was chosen based on audit completion rate, total number of audits completed, and audit findings with the majority of their audits being focused on quality audits such as layered process audits.


Bruce Chubb – MRP Solutions

Plattsburgh, NY, USA

Francis “Frenchie” Neri – MRP Solutions

Plattsburgh, NY, USA

Honorable Mentions

Paul Townsend – New South

Tampa, FL, USA

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Best Implementation

Our Customer Success Team implements EASE at hundreds of plants every year. The honorees in this category were chosen based on their engagement throughout the implementation from pilot to final deployment, their advocacy throughout the process, as well as the team’s audit activity and completion rates in the weeks and months following their go-live date.


American Woodmark Team – American Woodmark

Winchester, VA, USA

Honorable Mentions

ABC Technologies Team — ABC Technologies

Canton, OH, USA

Cleveland Site Team – FREUDENBERG-NOK Sealing Technologies

Cleveland, GA, USA

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Quality Transformation

The winner of this award is the manufacturer that has shown the most significant improvement in performance within the EASE platform over a 12-month period across all their facilities. During this period, the winner had to meet several minimum benchmark data points and have the highest percentage increase in on-time audits and mitigations.


Camaco-Amvian Team – Camaco Automotive

Farmington Hills, MI, USA

Honorable Mentions

American Woodmark Team — American Woodmark

Winchester, VA, USA

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