Eaton’s Belmond, Iowa, Facility Receives “Excellence in Inclusion” Award

Eaton's Belmond, Iowa, facility received the 2013 "Overall Excellence in Inclusion" award from the company's Vehicle Group. (Photo: Business Wire)


BELMOND, Iowa--()--Power management company Eaton announced that its Belmond, Iowa, facility won the 2013 “Overall Excellence in Inclusion” award from the company’s Vehicle Group. Presented at Eaton’s recent Global Inclusion Conference in Turin, Italy, the award recognizes Belmond’s outstanding performance in community integration, workforce involvement, innovation and business impact.

“Belmond employees are a very close-knit team. They do a great job of working together to support the local community as well as helping each other and our facility here, and growing Eaton’s business,” said Julie Newell, plant manager, Belmond. “Their dedication, enthusiasm and innovation continues to amaze me.”

Eaton’s Belmond facility formed its Inclusion and Diversity team in 2002, and now has more than 55 percent of its workforce participating in one or more programs per year. In 2013, the Belmond team supported more than a dozen charitable organizations – volunteering and raising money for Relay for Life, St. Jude’s, Toys for Tots and the Special Olympics – and hosted the second annual Iowa Inclusion & Diversity Summit with two other Eaton facilities.

The Belmond facility also launched an innovative program to further engage employees and drive continuous improvement throughout its business. Modeled after aspiring entrepreneurs pitching business plans to investors, 12 employees submitted their ideas for capital projects to help improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Machine Operator Jim Watermiller’s winning plan to purchase a new grinding machine will improve process efficiency and initial quality. The new system will be implemented later this year. Other employee ideas included buying a tooling furnace to replace an outsourced function and upgrading the shipping dock to maximize space. A similar program is planned for 2014.

Representatives from 33 Eaton Vehicle Group facilities across 17 countries attended the three-day Global Inclusion Conference, which was held at the group’s European headquarters in Turin. The conference featured a variety of presentations and workshops on inclusion and diversity. Teambuilding exercises allowed participants to share experiences, ideas and best practices about key issues such as career mobility, and gender and generational balance.

Other Eaton facilities recognized at the global conference for outstanding contributions to Inclusion and Diversity included:

  • Reynosa, Mexico – Innovation;
  • Roxboro, North Carolina – Business Impact;
  • Ranjangoan, India – Workforce Involvement;
  • Hastings, Nebraska – Continuous Integration;
  • Jining, China – Best Newcomer; and
  • Queretaro, Mexico – Special Recognition.

“Diversity and inclusion are key parts of Eaton’s core values and the Global Inclusion Conference epitomizes our philosophy,” said Ken Davis, president of Eaton’s Vehicle Group. “Recognizing and valuing different perspectives and backgrounds helps us fully leverage our talent and achieve business goals together.”

Eaton’s Vehicle Group is a global leader in truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. The Belmond facility produces engine valves for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Eaton is a power management company with 2013 sales of $22.0 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 101,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit


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