A manufacturer of high-performance industrial textiles who earlier this year won a case against unfair Chinese dumping has been selected to receive a manufacturing excellence award.

Auburn Manufacturing, owned by Kathie Leonard and headquartered in Mechanic Falls, is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise. It received the 2017 Maine MEP Manufacturing Excellence Award Friday, which recognizes leadership, vision and manufacturing excellence.

“Auburn Manufacturing, an exporter to over 30 countries, is on pace to become a next generation manufacturer by implementing strategies required to advance in the global marketplace,” said George Gervais, commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, in a release. “Manufacturing plays a huge role in the success of Maine’s economy. To help our manufacturers become even more competitive, we need to keep pursuing policies to reduce the tax burden, eliminate burdensome regulations and lower our energy costs.”

The award was bestowed by the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, an agency that helps manufacturers become more efficient and productive.

Auburn Manufacturing specializes in making textiles and fabrics for extreme temperature applications. Its products are used to protect workers in industrial settings, such as refineries, shipbuilding and power plants.

All of its products are made in the U.S. Last year, it successfully challenged China for dumping heat-resistant textiles into American markets. Leonard won her case before the International Trade Commission in February.

“We are honored to receive this award and appreciate Maine MEP’s recognition that businesses like ours are valued contributors to Maine’s quality of life and its manufacturing climate,” said Leonard, in the release. “Maine MEP has provided assistance with continuous improvement strategies with our workforce to enhance our manufacturing efficiency and implement next generation workforce development and continuous improvement strategies.”

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