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Letterkenny wins medallion for excellence in manufacturing, business practices

August 14, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Letterkenny Army Depot announced Thursday it has been awarded its seventh Shingo medallion for excellence in manufacturing and business practices.The bronze medallion recognizes the Aviation Ground Power Unit rebuild program, according to a news release from the depot.Letterkenny’s commander, Col. Cheri Provancha, visited several buildings across the depot to thank employees.“You guys did it; you pulled it off. ... The one thing they (Shingo auditors) walked away with was the heart and soul that was demonstrated down here,” the news release quotes her as saying.The Aviation Ground Power Unit rebuild program was established at Letterkenny in 2005.Letterkenny previously received the Silver Shingo in 2005 for the Patriot Missile, the Silver Shingo in 2006 for the HMMWV Recap, the Bronze Shingo in 2007 for Power Generation and a Silver Shingo for HMMWV, a Bronze Shingo in 2008 for Biological Integrated Detection Systems, and a Bronze Shingo in 2010 for the Patriot Missile.Business Week has referred to the Shingo Prize, which is named after Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo, 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 website.

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