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Army Materiel Command Earns Four Shingo Prizes

The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing was established in 1988 to expand lean/world-class practices.

- Called "the Nobel prize of manufacturing" by Business Week
- Recognizes achievement in implementing lean systems in support of the manufacturing, repair, overhaul and maintenance of warfighter equipment.
- Awards four levels of achievement: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze

Four U.S. Army Materiel Command organizations have been recognized by the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing with the 2006 Shingo Prize Public Sector Award:

- Gold - Rock Island Arsenal, Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, Rock Island, Ill. for its work on the Forward Repair System.
- "RIA JMTC achieved the Gold Level primarily due to our dramatic restructuring, and the hard work, creativity and dedication of our workforce," said Col. Bruce Elliott, Rock Island Arsenal commander

- Silver - Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, Pa. for its work on the HMMWV.
- "The efficiencies found by adhering to Lean and Six Sigma principles are striking," said Col. Robert Swenson, Letterkenny Army Depot commander.

- Silver - Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas for its work on the HMMWV.
- "The culture change and our willingness to adopt Lean and Six Sigma techniques has enabled us to better meet the needs of each Soldier serving our nation," said Col. Douglas J. Evans, Red River Army Depot commander.

- Bronze - Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna, Pa. for its work on the AN/TPS-75 Radar System.
- "It reflects our commitment to Lean Six Sigma, quality improvement, but more importantly to taking care of our Soldiers..." said Col. Ron Alberto, Tobyhanna Army Depot commander.

For more information on Army Materiel Command's Lean Six Sigma initiatives, click here.

For more information on Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Business Transformation click here.

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