Hearthside Foods: #4 on USA’s
Most Innovative Manufacturers List

Downers Grove IL – January 17, 2014 – Today Manufacturing.NET released their official “15 Most Innovative Companies for 2013”. Hearthside Food Solutions ranked #4 on this prestigious roster. Not limited to food companies, the top 15 included a wide range of manufacturing firms, including Toshiba which ranked #5 on the list. 

The countdown, which began with #15, was completed January 17th. To be eligible, companies were featured in one of Advantage Media’s industrial publications which include Food Manufacturing, Manufacturing technology, Industrial Distribution, and others.

Rich Scalise, Hearthside’s Chairman and CEO, when asked about the award, said “We are very pleased that our results have been recognized by such an authoritative source. We are especially pleased that the focus was Innovation. Constant 360-degree innovation has been at the heart of our growth strategy. We must always be looking for ways to improve every aspect of our business. We thank Manufactring.NET for recognizing our achievements.”

Food contract manufacturers are not the first thing that comes to mind regarding innovation. Hearthside invests heavily in process innovation, R&D, commercialization, business process innovation, employee training innovations and more for the purpose of creating competitive advantage for customers. Hearthside was noted for rapid growth, large yet flexible manufacturing capacity, and a laser-focused mission to become a new type of innovative contract food manufacturer. The company’s Grand Rapids operations were toured as part of a 2013 story by Manufacturing.NET’s sister publication, Food Manufacturing.

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