Yorkville, Illinois-based printable fabrics manufacturer Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has won an award from the Valley Industrial Association, a trade group representing the manufacturing industry in the Fox Valley region of Illinois, which is where Aurora Specialty Textiles is located. The company received the VIA’s Excellence in Operations award.
The award was given out at the recent VIA Spark Award Benchmarking for Excellence dinner. The annual awards ceremony recognizes companies for operational excellence, culture, innovation, safety, social responsibility and workforce development.
Aurora Specialty Textiles was also a finalist for the VIA’s social responsibility award. The award it did win recognizes companies for their leadership in operational strategic planning and implementation.
“It was an honor to be nominated as a finalist in two categories from the VIA Spark Award committee, which recognized us for social responsibility and operational excellence,” says Marcia Ayala, president of Aurora. “And to have won for operational excellence means so much.
“In 2015, we moved our operations from a 132 year-old plant in Aurora, Illinois, to our new facility in Yorkville and it was a challenge,” she adds. “Many improvements and adjustments had to be made in all aspects of our operations and moving took extensive cooperation, patience and know-how from our employees and management to make it successful. I’m always proud to give a tour of our new plant in Yorkville and show the facility to customers and partners. I’m equally proud to have our team and organization recognized for operational excellence.”