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EDY'S GRAND ICE CREAM'S FORT WAYNE PLANT TO RECEIVE "AMERICA'S BEST PLANTS" AWARD

 FORT WAYNE, Ind., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Edy's Grand Ice Cream plant in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been selected by the editors of IndustryWeek magazine as one of America's Best Plants. Ten plants are recognized annually by the magazine for their manufacturing excellence. In the four years that the award has been presented, Edy's is the only food manufacturing plant and only Indiana company to ever be so honored.
 The Edy's Grand Ice Cream facility, which manufactures premium ice cream, yogurt and other nutritional premium frozen desserts, is unique in that it is managed by teams. Being self-managed means more than living without traditional supervisors and foremen. The team concept gives control directly to the associates -- they are responsible for developing and implementing pay rates, hiring and firing, and everything in-between.
 IndustryWeek editors recognized the plant for attaining a 57 percent productivity improvement in five years and for the unique balance between the short- and long-term focus held by its self-managed team members.
 IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Charles R. Day, Jr., noted that "140 plants were nominated for this fourth annual salute to the men and women who are making exemplary efforts to raise the competitiveness of American industry to new heights. These are the nation's best."
 On Thursday, Oct. 21, 1993, IndustryWeek representatives will present the
America's Best Plants award to the Edy's Grand Ice Cream team members. City and State officials will also be in attendance to offer congratulatory remarks.
 The schedule for the day is as follows:
 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Open House for Employees, Special Guests and Media
 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch
 12:30 p.m. Awards Presentation
 John Harrison, Edy's "Official Ice Cream Taster," will be on hand to provide background on the history of ice cream, industry facts, trivia and general information on America's favorite dessert.
 NOTE: Edy's Grand Ice Cream is marketed as Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream west of the Rocky Mountains.
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 /CONTACT: Diane McIntyre, 219-483-3102, Kirk Raymond, 219-483-3102, both of Edy's Grand Ice Cream/
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