December 2000 Issue

Membership Newsletter
American Society for Quality
Scioto Valley Subsection

Volume 2, Number 12

In this issue:
Message from the Chair

Richard F. McKeever, the ASQ Region 9 Director, was our speaker for the December 7th meeting at the Ramada Inn in Portsmouth. Since Mr. McKeever is a member of the ASQ Board of Directors (BOD) he was able to provide us with an update on the results of the November meeting of the BOD and shared with us some insights into some of the changes that we will be seeing in the near future.

Mr. McKeever then gave an excellent presentation on the subject of the Ohio Governorís Award for Excellence. He stated that the Ohio Award for Excellence is the first statewide, systems organizational excellence award. Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige criteria for performance excellence, this annual award offers all types of organizations within the state of Ohio an opportunity for increased competitiveness, growth, recognition and measurable continuous improvement.

Mr. McKeever then went on to discuss the eligibility, development and funding for the award. He also explained the four levels of participation in the award and how to apply for and participate in the award.

At the end of his presentation he took time to answer the many questions from the attendees.

It was indeed a pleasure to have this respected Fellow Member of ASQ as our speaker. His very professional presentation was very well received by the attendees. On behalf of the Scioto Valley Subsection I want to thank Mr. McKeever for making time for us in his busy schedule and for sharing his outstanding presentation with us.

One of the other highlights of the evening was the awarding of the ASQ Quality Auditor Certificate to SVS member Robin Hancock. Mr. McKeever conducted the award ceremony and personally congratulated Robin for successfully passing the examination and thereby attaining this peer recognition of professionalism. Congratulations Robin, and thank you sincerely for your invaluable help with the startup of the Subsection and for your support.

The advancement of SVS to a full Section of ASQ is on-track and the planning and hard work of your Officers and Committee Chairs is rapidly bearing fruit. All of the parts of the final package to be received at ASQ headquarters by February 15th are coming together. We have now received over 80 signed petitions for advancement to Section status and the number is still growing. We expect to reach the 100 mark within the next week. Be a part of ASQ history and sign and return your petition. I will keep you all apprised of the status of this project and I thank each of you for your support and cooperation.

Our January meeting is a tour of YSK Corporation (an ASQ Sustaining Member) of Chillicothe. This manufacturer of auto transmissions and suspension systems has graciously agreed to let us tour their facility on Tuesday, January 18th. John Markiel, YSK Quality Manager, has made arrangements for our tour and it promises to be very interesting. Please join us. Call Doug Scott ASAP to register to attend this tour. Iíll see you there!

Bob Rinderman
SVS Chair

YSK Corporation Tour Set for January Meeting by Scioto Valley Subsection

The upcoming monthly program meeting of the Scioto Valley Subsection, American Society for Quality (ASQ), will feature a tour of the YSK Corporation manufacturing facility near Chillicothe. The date is Tuesday, January 18.

YSK is a high-volume machiner of automotive engine suspension and transmission components and in the process of becoming ISO 9002 certified.

Tour dress is casual; flat shoes are required. Eye protection also is required and can be furnished by YSK.

Registration and networking begin at 5:30 p.m. YSK managers will provide an overview of the facility and its quality program at 6:15 p.m., and the tour will follow. At approximately 7:30 p.m., following the tour, Subsection members will convene for a brief business meeting and dinner at the Golden Corral Restaurant on North Bridge Street.

Non-members interested in the Subsection, in the ASQ or in the subject of quality are welcome. ASQ members holding certifications earn 0.3 recertification units for attending this meeting.

Here are the arrangements:

DATE: Tuesday, January 18, 2000

LOCATION: Entrance to YSK Corporation, 1 Colomet Drive, Chillicothe, across from the Kenworth Truck Company assembly plant. Dinner follows at the Golden Corral on North Bridge Street.


5:30 - 6:15 p.m. - Registration and networking
6:15 - 7:15 p.m. - Presentation and tour
7:30 p.m. - Business meeting and dinner at the Golden Corral

MENU AND COST: Choose the buffet or order from the menu, pay on your own.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are required by 4:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, to ensure adequate planning and guides for the tour. Also, we must know whether or not you will be joining us for dinner so the restaurant can prepare an adequate and separate meeting area. Call Doug Scott, Arrangements Chair, at (740) 772-6997 (leave a message if required). You can also send an E-mail to As an option, if convenient, contact one of members of the Subsection's Executive Committee.

DIRECTIONS: YSK is located across Route 159 from Adena Regional Medical Center and across the street from Kenworth. To get there, from U. S. Route 23 north of Chillicothe, take Route 159 northeast toward Kingston. At the traffic light, turn right.

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