Lockheed Martin Representatives to Speak at Best Plants Manufacturing Conference
CLEVELAND, 11-MAY-04 -- Four representatives from Lockheed Martin's Syracuse, New York facility will be among the featured speakers at Leadership in Manufacturing: How the Best Plants Do It, a special conference highlighting the winners of IndustryWeek magazine's most recent search for outstanding manufacturing operations in North America.
At the Best Plants conference, Robert Fiorentini, director of manufacturing operations; Carl Cangello, manager of lean and Six Sigma initiatives; Ron Hull, manager of organizational development; and Mike Labulis, president/business agent, IUE-CWA Local 320, will present Unleashing the Potential. The discussion summarizes the Lockheed Martin Syracuse plant's campaign to identify and implement a lean manufacturing process - which was undertaken to position the plant as the preeminent world supplier of radar and sensing systems. Jointly sponsored by IndustryWeek and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), the conference will take place May 18-20, at the Sheraton Cleveland hotel, in Cleveland.
In 2003, Lockheed Martin's Syracuse plant was selected as one of ten winners in IndustryWeek's Best Plants awards program. From 2000 through 2003, the plant tripled its sales per employee, while cutting manufacturing cycle time by 50 percent and slashing internal scrap costs. Using processes that engage employees at all levels, including lean and Six Sigma tools, value-stream maps, and kaizen events, Lockheed Martin removed waste and variation from manufacturing and transactional processes. The plant attacked quality issues by implementing Quality Product Teams throughout all value streams.
For more information on the Best Plants conference, contact AME at 847-520-3282 (Ext. 226) or visit the AME website: www.ame.org.