August 13, 2020 | Malvern, PA United States

Saint-Gobain Recognized with 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Awards

Today, Saint-Gobain North America 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.

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. B.A. 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 is dedicated to empowering the next generation of manufacturing talent, and B.A.’s acknowledgement by the Manufacturing Leadership Awards confirms the passion we have for propelling this generation to new heights in the industry,” said Marcia Varda , Vice President of Talent Development, Saint-Gobain North America. “B.A. truly embodies and exemplifies the leadership qualities required in today’s Manufacturing 4.0 era.”

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, FL.

Additional Resources

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.

In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 160 locations and more than 15,500 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.8 billion in 2019. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. There will be several winners in each category, including one High Achiever’s Award in each category, as well as a 2020 Manufacturer of the Year for both small and large enterprises. Also unveiled at the Gala will be the ML Awards Manufacturing Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

For more information on the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala or Rethink: The Manufacturing Leadership Council Summit, please go to

About the National Association of Manufacturers

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.

Media Contacts

Saint-Gobain in North America:
Lia LoBello
610-893-5783 (office)
484-757-4549 (mobile)