ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, Oct. 25, 2007) -- Army Materiel Command's top general recently made history as the first public sector leader to be honored for best business practices.

Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin, AMC commander, was officially inducted the 3rd Annual Shingo Prize Public Sector Awards Ceremony held Oct. 11, 2007, at the Hyatt Crystal City, Va.

The Shingo Academy consists of the most distinguished business leaders in the U.S. who have contributed to the advancement of lean principles, lean systems of management, and the application of lean tools and techniques.

"I accept this (recognition) on behalf of the 50,000-plus employees of the Army Materiel Command stationed around the world," Griffin said. "It's also a recognition of the AMC workforce's ability to improve production in the areas of quality, quantity and safety. That means one thing to me: better support to our customers."

The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing is administered by Utah State University's College of Business. In addition to the induction, Public Sector awards were presented that evening.

The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing - deemed the Nobel Prize for manufacturing by Business Week - recognized 12 AMC organizations for achieving dramatic performance improvements with the 2007 Shingo Prize Public Sector Award.

(Maj. Sheldon Smith serves with AMC Public Affairs.)