December 2000 Issue

Membership Newsletter
American Society for Quality, Scioto Valley Section
"ASQ's First Section of the New Millennium"

Volume 3, Number 12

In this issue:


The copy of "The ISO Lesson Guide 2000: A Pocket Guide to Q9001:2000" for the month of December is not yet claimed. Visit the Scioto Valley Section's web site and enter your member number to learn if you've won. Somewhere on the web site there's a box asking that you enter your ASQ member number. If you're the winner, you'll know immediately. If not, you'll be asked to try again next month.


Six members of the Scioto Valley Section successfully passed an ASQ certification examination on December 2. Newly Certified Quality Auditors are Tony Dickens, Special Metals Corporation West Virginia, Huntington; Craig Gray, a Chillicothe resident at YUSA Corporation, Washington Court House; and Robert Rodino, U. S. Enrichment Corporation, Piketon. Newly Certified Quality Engineers are Jeff Denbow and Catherine Strobel, Kenworth/PACCAR, Chillicothe; and Tim Matchett, U. S. Enrichment Corporation, Piketon.


The monthly dinner program meeting of the Scioto Valley Section is a quality-related program and tour of the Rockwell Automation plant near Gallipolis on Tuesday, January 9. ASQ members from the Mid-Ohio Valley Section will participate jointly with SVS.

The Rockwell Automation facility manufactures electric motors for OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) applications. These are AC, DC and brushless DC configurations that may be mounted to a gearbox and sold as a gearmotor unit, or as a motor only to the end user for installation. These can be found in applications ranging from jail door openers, drink dispensers, hospital beds, machining centers and wheelchairs, to name a few.

The facility has approximately 400 employees and does its own die casting of AC rotor assemblies, operates a pressroom for stamping laminations, hobs gears for some of the gearboxes, machine winds the coils for the motors/armatures, and operates machining centers for production of shafts, end caps and gearboxes. The Rockwell Automation plant has about 120,000 square feet of manufacturing floor space and supports manufacturing with on-site design engineering, purchasing and quality functions. The facility is ISO 9001 certified by TUV Rheinland, and is actively working toward achieving ISO 14000 certification.

Participants will arrive for registration at the Rockwell Automation facility lobby beginning at 5:15 p.m. The program begins with an orientation and introduction to the facility at 5:45 p.m. The tour will be conducted from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. The evening will conclude between 7:45 and 8:00 p.m. with a brief business meeting and closing remarks.

All Scioto Valley and Mid-Ohio Valley affiliates, other local ASQ members and anyone interested in the Society or the subject of quality are encouraged to attend. ASQ members holding certifications earn 0.3 re-certification units (RUs) for attending this program.

No open-toed shoes are permitted on the tour. Rockwell Automation will provide safety glasses.

Here are the arrangements.

DATE: Tuesday, January 9, 2001

LOCATION: Rockwell Automation, 250 McCormick Road, Gallipolis. Driving directions are provided below.

5:15 p.m. Arrival and registration
5:45 p.m. Orientation and Introduction
6:00 p.m. Plant tour
7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:45 p.m. Business meeting and closing

MENU: Meat trays with ham, turkey and roast beef, pasta salad, potato salad, chips, dessert, soft drinks and coffee provided courtesy of Rockwell Automation management.

REGISTRATION: Registration is required by 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, so that we can provide a final roster and number of registrants to the Rockwell Automation staff.

Any ASQ Scioto Valley Section, ASQ Mid-Ohio Valley Section or APICS Ohio Valley Chapter member planning to attend must contact Sandy Endicott, Program Chair, Scioto Valley Section, at telephone (740) 772-3038 or by electronic mail to Please provide your full name, company affiliation, Society affiliation, and any office that you hold with the respective Section or Chapter.


From Chillicothe and Jackson, take Route 35 East toward Gallipolis to the Route160 exit (for Vinton, Gallipolis and Holzer Hospital). Go to the bottom of exit ramp and turn to the right. Go to the traffic light and turn left. Proceed to the next traffic light and turn right onto Route 160 South toward Gallipolis. Go approximately 1/4-mile and turn right at the Rockwell Automation sign (McCormick Road). The plant is immediately beyond the Thomas Do-It Center. Park in the lot on the plant side of the road. Park in any available space.

From Parkersburg and Marietta, take Ohio Route 7 South to Gallipolis. Turn right on the To Route 35 West entrance way and get on Route 35 West. Go approximately 3 1/2 miles to the Route 160 Vinton / Gallipolis exit. As you go down the exit ramp, merge to the left lane and go to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 160 South toward Gallipolis. Proceed as above, turning right on McCormick Road.

From Huntington, take Ohio Route 7 North to Gallipolis. Go through town to the 3rd traffic light and turn left on Route 160 North. Go approximately 3 miles to the Y-intersection that will say To 35 east, Jackson/Vinton and McCormick Road. Take the left fork and go approximately 1/2-mile and turn left at the Rockwell Automation sign onto McCormick Road.

From Charleston, take WV Route 35 Northwest to the Ohio River where it becomes Ohio Route 35 West. Go approximately 4 miles toward Chillicothe/Jackson to Route160. As you go down the exit ramp, merge to the left lane and go to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 160 South toward Gallipolis. Go approximately 1/4-mile and turn right at the Rockwell Automation sign (McCormick Road). Proceed as above.


The new Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) examination will be administered on January 27, 2001. January 5th is the application deadline.

Also new for 2001 is the CQA-HACCP certification which addresses hazards analysis and critical control points in the food industry. January 12th is the application deadline for the March 3rd examination.

January 12th is also the application deadline for the CQT, CRE, CMI, and CQM examinations that are scheduled for March 3rd.

CQE, CQA, and CSQE examinations will be held on June 2nd. Applications must be submitted by April 6th.

For more information visit the ASQ website or call ASQ at 800-248-1946.


NOTE: The Chair's message this month was written by Bob Rinderman, Immediate Past Chair, and describes the December program -- Quality in Education -- conducted at The Ohio State University's Enterprise Center near Piketon.

Mr. John K. Haberthy, Program Coordinator of the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative (SODI), was the speaker at the SVS Pre-Meeting Clinic. Mr. Haberthy welcomed us to the Ohio State University Learning Center - South and gave us a very interesting look into the history, mission, vision and goals of SODI. He explained the opportunities, services, resources, events and partnerships that have been put in place by this community improvement corporation.

Mr. Haberthy also gave some very specific case histories of recent SODI initiatives that have resulted in very successful transitions for employees caught-up in employer downsizing, plant shutdown, etc. He also gave us some very upbeat information about the SODI plans for the immediate future including the construction of a facility designed to promote and support new business incubation. In closing, Mr. Haberthy emphasized his philosophy of "putting people first" and stated that "this is not the end, only the beginning! The Learning Center Team will continue to Link you to Opportunities".

Grant Germann, SVS Vice Chair, was the moderator for the panel discussion on the subject of Quality in Education which was the Theme for this meeting. Grant introduced each of the panelists: Joe Griesheimer, the Principal of McArthur Elementary School in Chillicothe; Michael C. Shoemaker, M. Ed., Ohio Senator from the 17th District; and Dr. John B. Wallace, Jr., Director of the Small Business Institute in the Management Department of Marshall University, who has done research in educational quality improvement. The result was a very interesting and insightful discussion of Quality in Education from the perspective of each of these committed and dedicated professionals.

One of the most poignant highlights occurred when Principal Griesheimer referred to the tremendous professionalism of the teachers and, as an example, commended teacher Betty Scott, (wife of Doug Scott, SVS Secretary), as one of his "Miracle Workers" for her extraordinary work with students in the area of reading skills.

Join us on January 9 for the tour of Rockwell Automation's Gallipolis facility!

Timothy L. Matchett, CMI/CQT/CQA
Chair, Scioto Valley Section (SVS)
Nuclear Safety & Quality, USEC, (740) 897-6431

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