The Association for Manufacturing Excellence
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), founded in 1985, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to cultivating understanding, analysis, and exchange of productivity methods and their successful application in the pursuit of excellence. AME is practitioner-based, and their events and workshops focus on hands-on learning. AME publishes the award-winning Target magazine and puts on several regional and national events each year.
Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing
The Shingo Prize was established in 1988 to promote awareness of Lean manufacturing concepts and recognize companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that achieve world-class manufacturing status. The Shingo Prize philosophy is that world-class business performance may be achieved through focused improvements in core manufacturing and business processes. The Shingo Prize holds annual conferences and awards ceremonies throughout the year and sponsors lean training events at various locations.