PPG announced it that 600 collision center owners, managers and technicians have graduated from its MVP Green Belt Training program, a four-day comprehensive training program that blends Lean Six Sigma fundamentals with practical implementation, allowing shops to make simultaneous improvements in their operations.
“While it is an accomplishment to attain this number of graduates through a class as comprehensive as Green Belt, the end game is implementation and performance improvement,” said Jim Berkey, director, Business Solutions for PPG. “It is especially rewarding to see these shops make real improvements and take leadership roles within their markets.”
Key Green Belt program elements include:
The success factors that allow some organizations to thrive in rapidly changing environments
Use of 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
Integration of shop tours and assignments into the training to reinforce the understanding and confidence critical to successful implementation
PPG says many program graduates are experiencing rewards for their efforts.
“Green Belt training changed our bottom line,” said Joe Little, co-owner of Body Beautiful Collision Repair, Aurora, Colo. “We saw an 11 percent gain in our net profit in the first nine months. There’s also drastic improvement in cycle times from going lean and implementing the things we’ve learned.”
For more information, contact a local PPG territory manager or PPG distributor, call MVP Business Solutions at (440) 572-6199, or e-mail [email protected].