On September 30, thirteen Fiberon employees obtained their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications, completing 64 hours of training through Stanly Community College's (SCC) Customized Training Program. These employees made a group presentation in which their combined four projects reported an annualized first year savings of approximately $877,419 for the company.
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training provides the skills and knowledge to lead project teams to complete Lean Six Sigma projects. Lean and Six Sigma methodologies work together so companies can focus on eliminating errors and improving quality, while maintaining a foundation of customer focus.
Green Belts work with cross-functional teams to define and measure problems, analyze the root causes, implement improvements, and establish control at new levels. They need to be able to implement all of the appropriate tools of Lean and Six Sigma to lead independent local projects when necessary.
Fiberon worked with SCC to obtain a customized training project for new hires and incumbent employees through the North Carolina Community College System's Customized Training Program. After initial analysis to assess training issues by College and Fiberon company representatives, Green Belt certification was identified as the first critical training need for their customized training project. This project included training in mechanical/electrical; leadership skills; welding; safety; computers; Lean manufacturing, logistics/warehousing; and specialized training in manufacturing processes.
I am really glad we had the chance to learn and utilize these techniques and methodologies," stated Nolan Speice (Fiberon employee). "We are all grateful to our instructor, the College, and Fiberon for giving us such a great opportunity."
Fiberon, located in New London, is an international leading manufacturer of composite decking, railing, and fencing products.
For more information on SCC's customized training opportunities, please contact Marion Kinley at 704-991-0234.
Fiberon employees awarded Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications – front row (left to right): Mark Porter, Todd Harrington, Patrick Betmarik, Todd Whitley, Nolan Speice, and Matt Coley. Back row: Michael Poteat, Jordan Thompson, John Thompson, David Lambert, Evan Boothe, Cody Egle, and Charlie Lilly.