Synovis Life Technologies Receives 2011 Manufacturer of the Year Award from Manufacturers Alliance Association

Annual Award Recognizes Manufacturers for Implementing and Sharing Their Experience with Lean Manufacturing Tools

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Synovis Life Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNO), a diversified medical device company, today received the 2011 Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Manufacturers Alliance association in Minnesota. The annual award is given to local manufacturers which use lean manufacturing tools and techniques to reduce non-value added processes to improve efficiency, and then share their experience with others.

“It is an honor for Synovis to be recognized as Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Alliance,” said Richard Kramp, Synovis Life Technologies president and chief executive officer. “This award acknowledges the efforts of everyone at Synovis who contributed directly or indirectly to our lean manufacturing program and who made this achievement possible. Utilizing lean manufacturing to reduce waste in all forms ultimately benefits all of our stakeholders by improving the value of the products we supply; and sharing our knowledge and experience with peer companies in the area strengthens our local manufacturing community. Once again, congratulations to all of our employees who brought this honor to Synovis and the resulting benefits to our stakeholders.”

The 15th Annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards program was held today at Wooddale Church, Minnetonka, Minn.

About Manufacturers Alliance
For more than 20 years, the Manufacturers Alliance (MA) association in Minnesota has provided local manufacturers with practical peer-to-peer education, training, networking and resources. Since its inception, the Alliance has enrolled entire companies, versus individuals, so that it can affect the whole enterprise. The unique approach draws primarily from peer-to-peer experiential learning, that is, manufacturers helping each other in non-proprietary ways to improve universal processes. Now in its 15th year, the annual awards program brings local manufacturers together to celebrate and recognize companies that share information and experiences to strengthen the local manufacturing community. To learn more about the Manufacturers Alliance, visit the association’s website at

About Synovis Life Technologies
Synovis Life Technologies, Inc., a diversified medical device company based in St. Paul, Minn., develops, manufactures and markets biological and mechanical products used by several surgical specialties to facilitate the repair and reconstruction of soft tissue damaged or destroyed by disease or injury. The company’s products include implantable biomaterials for soft tissue repair, devices for microsurgery and surgical tools – all designed to reduce risks and/or facilitate critical surgeries, improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. For additional information on Synovis Life Technologies and its products, visit the company’s website at


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