Army Excellence in Business Transformation - Army Materiel Command Takes 12 Shingo Prize Awards for 2007

Thursday October 11, 2007

What is it? Established in 1988, the Shingo Prize Public Sector Award for Excellence in Manufacturing and Achievement is administered by Utah State University and has been called by Business Week "the Nobel Prize for Manufacturing."

What has the Army done? The Army has once again received the Shingo Prize in 2007. Twelve Shingo Prize Awards - triple that of 2006 - recognize manufacturing excellence by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC). In addition to these awards, Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin will be inducted into the Shingo Academy Hall of Fame.

What does this mean for the Army? This achievement exemplifies the AMC's commitment to readying the Army for the challenges of the 21st century. A more efficient, cost-effective, and productive Army will have more of an impact and will help Warfighters everywhere maintain Army readiness.

Moreover, all of these achievements are clearly an indication the Army is not merely living up to its own standards of change, it is surpassing those very standards - methodically and responsibly. The Army can be confident it is readying itself for the challenges Soldiers will face in the 21st century. Business transformation is more than ever a critical element of how the Army will sustain, prepare, reset and transform to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Gold medal winners:
-Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania
-Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center at Rock Island,
Ill.
-River Army Depot in Texas

Silver medal recipients are:
-Letterkenny Army Depot in south central Pennsylvania
-Anniston Army Depot in south central Alabama
-Red River Army Depot in Texas (two Silver awards)

Bronze medal awardees are:
-Fort Rucker in Alabama,
-Letterkenny Army Depot in south central Pennsylvania
-Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas
-Anniston Army Depot in south central Alabama

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

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WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"I am extremely proud of Army Materiel Command's (AMC's) efforts to provide Warfighters with equipment much faster, in better quality, and at a lower cost. This three-fold increase in awards also recognizes the men and women in our outstanding work force who are directly responsible for these improvements. These awards are an affirmation of the best business practices we have integrated into the Army's industrial base." - Gen. Benjamin S. Griffin, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command

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