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Depot again wins Shingo Prize

March 22, 2009

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Letterkenny Army Depot recently celebrated becoming the only U.S. Army depot to be awarded the Shingo Public Sector Award for four consecutive years.

In October, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell congratulated the depot on its new Bronze Award for the Biological Integrated Detection System. Depot Commander Col. Steven Shapiro hosted a ceremony last week to recognize the employees from that production line.

"The entire Letterkenny Army Depot community can take great pride in such an accomplishment," Rendell wrote in his letter.

Business Week has referred to the Shingo Prize as the "Nobel prize of manufacturing." The award recognizes lean manufacturing concepts and companies that achieve world-class manufacturing status in the public and private sectors, according to the prize's Web site.

Letterkenny's 2007 medallions recognized the Humvee Recapitalization program and Power Generation Equipment (Generator) program.

Letterkenny Army Depot is the largest employer in Franklin County, Pa., with 3,400 people on its payroll.

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-- Jennifer Fitch

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