Press Release •  8/17/2020

Corteva Agriscience Recognized as Manufacturing Leadership Award 2020 Winners

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Awards Showcase Leadership, Sustainability, Supply Chain and Operational Excellence

Wilmington, Delaware, Aug. 17, 2020 — Corteva Agriscience announced today it has been named as winners of multiple Manufacturing Leadership Awards from the National Association of Manufacturers.

The categories and technologies honored for their outstanding achievements are:

  • Operational Excellence Leadership Award, for Arylex™ Active Production via Direct Coupling – Innovation for Manufacturing, which created a more efficient process that improved capacity while significantly reducing waste
  • Supply Chain Leadership Award, for Corteva Agriscience Formulations & Packaging Asset Footprint Optimization, which moved the final production of goods to a regional basis and, ultimately, closer to customers 
  • Sustainability Leadership Award, for Advanced Technology for Successful Inatreq™ Active Product Manufacture, which included development of sustainable and efficient technology to bring this naturally-derived fungicide to market

Additionally, Juan Banales, Maintenance Group Leader at the Corteva Agriscience Pittsburg Manufacturing Site in Pittsburg, Ca., was selected for the Next-Generation Leadership Award. Given to remarkable manufacturing professionals 30 years old or younger, the honor recognizes Banales’ innovative leadership within Corteva and his extensive community service, which includes serving on Pittsburg City Council. 

Corteva will be recognized at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which will take place as a virtual event on Oct. 8, 2020.

“These awards position Corteva Agriscience among an esteemed group of leaders who are shaping the future of global manufacturing,” said Balaji Venkataraman, Global Director of Manufacturing and Technology at Corteva Agriscience. “I’m incredibly proud of organization’s teamwork and innovation, from R&D in Indianapolis, Indiana, to manufacturing around the globe.”

About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards
The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. There will be several winners in each category, including one High Achiever’s Award in each category, as well as a 2020 Manufacturer of the Year for both small and large enterprises. Also unveiled at the Gala will be the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Manufacturing Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

For more information on the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala or Rethink: The Manufacturing Leadership Council Summit, please go to

About the National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.

The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs.

About Corteva Agriscience
Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry - including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019, and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at

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Kacey Birchmier
Corteva Agriscience