Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:26

FCC employees complete training for process improvement

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Pictured are the FCC employees who completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training provided through Richmond Community College: Diana Pierre, Joseph Crifasi, Jauan Petty, Chris Boone, Grete Majerle, Seth Newton, Joe Waters and Sendorial Revels. Pictured are the FCC employees who completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training provided through Richmond Community College: Diana Pierre, Joseph Crifasi, Jauan Petty, Chris Boone, Grete Majerle, Seth Newton, Joe Waters and Sendorial Revels. Contributed photo

HAMLET — Eight FCC NC employees at the Laurel Hill facility recently completed Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification through Richmond Community College’s customized training program.

Earning their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification were Diana Pierre, Joseph Crifasi, Jauan Petty, Chris Boone, Grete Majerle, Seth Newton, Joe Waters and Sendorial Revels. These employees learned how to reduce pinch point accidents, reduce scraps, reduce steel material loss, identify bottlenecks in the shipping and receiving process, and improve part production with less downtime. 

To earn their certification, the employees completed 64 hours of classroom training and eight hours of coaching for completion of projects. At the end of the course, each employee presented the process improvement project and took a certification test. 

“It’s not very often that everyone who takes this training completes it and passes the certification test, so this is a testament to the commitment and dedication of these employees,” RichmondCC Director of Customized Training Lee Eller said.

According to FCC, the annual projected savings on all projects because of the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification training comes to $1,386,547. 

“I am very appreciative to Lee Eller for his work and support in making this possible. Additionally, a special recognition to Dr. Dale McInnis, Richmond Community College’s president, for attending the report out and presenting the certificates,” said Dr. Ronald Fite, regional trainer with the N.C. Community College System who holds a Master Black Belt Certification.

“It is our goal at Richmond Community College to help local companies like FCC be a competitive manufacturer, so any time we can provide state funding for industrial and workforce training, we’re going to make it happen,” said McInnis.