Vought Ranked Second in Nation as Best Places to Work for Six Sigma Professionals

DALLAS, JAN. 26, 2009  – Vought Aircraft Industries, a leading manufacturer of airframe structures, received the No. 2 ranking on the list of iSixSigma's Top 10 Best Places to Work for Six Sigma professionals at the iSixSigma Live! Summit in Miami last week.

“I am extremely pleased with our No. 2 ranking,” said Ruben Coronado, Vought’s Six Sigma master black belt.  “The scoring truly reinforces our thought process of planning our VOS journey with breakthrough ideas and leadership, which coincidently was the margin between us and the rest.”

Here are the rankings of the Top 10 list of iSixSigma's 2008 Best Places to Work:

  • No. 1 McKesson Corp.
  • No. 2 Vought Aircraft Industries
  • No. 3 Textron Inc.
  • No. 4 Chevron Corp.
  • No. 5 Masco Builder Cabinet Group
  • No. 6 NewPage Corp.
  • No. 7 Xerox Corp.
  • No. 8 EMC Corp.
  • No. 9 Volt Information Sciences Inc.
  • No.10 Rio Tinto Alcan

Companies were ranked by totaling the scores from the two surveys. The greatest weight was given to the employee portion, which asked questions in five main categories: job satisfaction, culture, compensation/rewards and recognition, training and career development, and net promoter score (NPS). Of these categories, job satisfaction was weighted as being the most important.

In just two years, 209 Vought employees have completed the Six Sigma green belt training, with 77 receiving certification. Twenty-three employees went on to become black belts. Projected savings of all black and green belt projects combined exceeds $25 million.

Vought has a long history of applying Lean strategies to its operations. The focus of Lean is to improve the flow and velocity in everything a company does by systematically eliminating waste. The focus of Six Sigma is to improve business by reducing process variation through the use of statistical methods. “These two complementary improvement methodologies, working together, establish the main elements of our Vought Operating System (VOS)," said Coronado.

About Vought

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. (www.voughtaircraft.com) is one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of aerostructures.  Headquartered in Dallas, the company designs and manufactures major airframe structures such as wings, fuselage subassemblies, empennages, nacelles and other components for prime manufacturers of aircraft. Vought has annual revenue of approximately $1.6 billion and about 6,600 employees in nine U.S. locations.

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Lynne M. Warne
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