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PPG Announces Fourth-Quarter MVP Green Belt Schedule

PPG Automotive Refinish today released its 2009 fourth-quarter MVP Green Belt Training schedule. The training, a four-day event, is intended for collision center owners and managers and teaches the practical applications of Lean Six Sigma techniques to boost speed, cost performance and competitiveness at repair facilities.

The training will be offered Oct. 5-8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Nov. 16-20 in Eagan, Minn.; and Dec. 7- 10 in Los Angeles, Calif. A class scheduled for September 21-25 in Syracuse, New York, is sold out.

“Today’s performance challenge in our industry requires that collision center operators simultaneously improve quality, speed and cost,” said Jim Berkey, director, MVP Business Solutions Group. “We have seen the interest in applying the Lean Six Sigma approach to collision work grow exponentially over the last few years, and we’re fortunate to have been at the forefront in successfully training our shops and working with them through implementation challenges.”

MVP Green Belt Training was introduced in 2006. The program evolved from four years of research and development by a team of Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma experts and MVP collision center consultants. To date, more than 650 owners and managers from across North America have experienced the program’s ongoing education and execution support.

“The demand for Green Belt has been growing each year as collision center owners and managers are feeling more and more pressure to improve their business and process performance,” said Rich Altieri, senior manager, MVP Business Solutions. “They’re recognizing that a strong competitive advantage today, and in the future, lies with those shops that can deliver and differentiate on process performance. That’s where Green Belt Training comes in.”

Green Belt Training program elements include:

• Success factors that enable organizations to thrive in rapidly changing environments.

• Simulation games to learn Lean Six Sigma fundamentals and what cycle time reduction means to the collision repair processes.

• Practical application of Lean Six Sigma principles through X-Ray Repair Planning™ and fundamentals such as 5S and Workplace Organization.

• Leadership and implementation modules that address the need for everyone in an organization to participate in building stronger processes and a process improvement culture.

• Shop tours and assignments to reinforce the understanding and confidence critical to successful implementation.

MVP Green Belt Training is available to collision repair centers using PPG Refinish products. Advanced registration is required and class size is limited.

For more information or to register for an upcoming session, contact your PPG Territory Manager or PPG distributor, call MVP Business Solutions at (440) 572-6149, or e-mail [email protected], Jim Berkey at [email protected] or Rich Altieri at [email protected].

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