The Russellville, AR plant of Superior Graphite Co. is one of 25 manufacturing facilities to be named finalists in a competition that recognizes America's top manufacturers. The recognition, announced in July, came from Industry Week magazine's annual "America's Best Plants" award program. The magazine was particularly impressed with the plant's production, citing a 54.3 percent increase in annual sales per employee since 1995. In addition to enhanced productivity, the plant has improved its safety rates. Lost time accidents have dropped 77 percent since 1995, while reportable incidents fell 83 percent in the same period.