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Quality group takes root

November 28, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

Quality group takes root



CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town businessman is trying to drum up interest in a new organization that focuses on helping businesses improve their quality control.

Chip Hussion is one of about 15 business people in the Tri-State area who have been attending meetings of a newly formed chapter of the American Society for Quality.The national organization, which has about 120,000 members and 249 local chapters, works as a clearinghouse for ideas on how to improve quality control in business, said Hussion.

Members of the new local chapter, which has been holding meetings at Carpers Valley Country Club near Winchester, Va., meet and trade information about how their respective businesses work to improve quality in their products, said Hussion.

Before the local chapter was formed, the closest chapter where business people could attend meetings was at chapter locations in Virginia, said Hussion.

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Hussion said he wants to get the word out locally about the new chapter because he feels there are other business people in the area that would be interested in joining the American Society for Quality.

"We just feel there are a lot of people that are not aware it's going on," said Hussion.

Hussion works out of his home for GE Medical Systems, a company which helps hospitals track data to help them reach benchmarks.

Anyone who is involved in quality control measures in a business is free to join the organization, according to its Web site.

Although the organization dates back to 1946, it began gaining popularity in the mid-1980s when foreign companies began putting pressure on U.S. manufacturers with improved products, Hussion said.

The next meeting of the local chapter will be in January, but a location has not been selected, said Hussion.

Anyone interested in attending the meetings may call Hussion at 304-728-9873 or Fred Riley at 540-678-2600.

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