Arnie Manning joined the Meadville Forge family 36 years ago on 1/4/1984. He was hired into the inspection department and built his career working as a Press Operator at Meadville Forge. If you tell people around Meadville that you work at the Forge, you will surely be asked if you know Arnie. He’s off to Florida to enjoy the warm weather and the fruits of his efforts. We all wish him the best!
Visitors at Meadville Forging Co.’s employee appreciation and open house event check out information on the company’s processes. Saturday’s event marked 50 years of the company’s ownership by the Keller Group Inc.
The Meadville plant hosted about 450 people — employees, retirees and their families — while the Cambridge Springs plant hosted around 150.
For the past several years, Meadville Forging Company and our Cambridge Springs facility participate in an inter-company created Adopt-A-Family program. Every December, our employees donate money then purchase and wrap presents for a local deserving family.
In addition, the company and employees raise money throughout the year through various inter-company fundraising activities (such as bake sales and sub sales) for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event that is held every summer. Last year over $2,700 was raised.
The Six Sigma Certification process continues with six (6) Black Belts, three (3) Green Belts, and 40-50 Yellow Belts across functional responsibilities at all locations. Our employees have a project to complete going through the process utilizing the principles of Six Sigma and the DMAIC (Define/Measure/Analyze /Improve/Control) process. Although these projects are at various stages in the DMAIC process, one thing is clear; we have made a difference already.
When you hear, “Show me the data.” during a conversation, you’ll know that this is the trademark of Six Sigma. Generally speaking, decisions for improvement are always based on a thorough understanding and interpretation of the data gathered. The Six Sigma tools taught during the training are being used daily to help us get to root causes and put permanent corrective actions in-place to eliminate waste and reduce variation in our processes.
Our competition doesn’t rest, and neither should we. Through continued commitment and involvement in continuous improvement initiatives, we can and will be the supplier of choice for our customer base.