March 2000 Issue
American Society for Quality
Scioto Valley Subsection
Volume 3, Number 3
In this issue:
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Through the efforts of our
Program Chair, Cindy Zollo-Davis, members of the Subsection traveled to the
Athens area on March 14 for our monthly membership meeting. The evening
featured a quality-related presentation and tour of the Florida Production
Engineering (FPE) molded plastics manufacturing facility, followed by dinner at
the Nelsonville Ramada Inn and Conference Center.
FPE supplies precision
injection molded and painted plastic trim components to the automotive industry
through five plants in Florida, Ohio and Alabama. Its product lines
include wheel trim, door panels, air bag covers, taillight and headlight
housings, instrument panel components and bezels. FPE is a wholly owned
subsidiary of EGI Incorporated of Dayton, Ohio. Its other Ohio plants are
at Circleville and Marion.
Our host for the evening was Mr. Mike
Poindexter who is the Plant Manager of the FPE Athens facility. Mike is an
ASQ member and a Certified Quality Engineer who so capably demonstrated and
shared his knowledge of the plant with all of the tour participants.
Joining Mr. Poindexter as tour guides were Nancy McKee, FPE Quality Supervisor
and Ryan Copp, FPE Engineering Liaison. My sincere thanks to these very
talented and dedicated FPE professionals for an interesting and informative
In my column last month I gave you an update on the status of
our Petition for advancement of the Subsection to a full ASQ Section. Now
I can tell you that all of our hard work has paid off! We have
successfully passed all of the reviews and intense scrutiny of our Petition
package at ASQ Headquarters in Milwaukee. Our new Section Bylaws have been
reviewed and accepted; the expansion of our service area from 7 to 16 counties
has been approved; our petition signatories have been reviewed and confirmed;
the SVS election of Officers has been ratified for the new section and Tim
Matchett's list of Scioto Valley Section Executive Committee Chairs has been
accepted. We are well on our way to full Section status with a first class
team and a full head of steam!
Our advancement to full ASQ Section is now
a primary agenda item for the ASQ Board of Directors (BOD) at their meeting on
Saturday morning, May 6 at the Annual Quality Congress in Indianapolis. We
have solid support from our Sponsoring (Columbus) Section and from our own
Region 8 Director, as well as from the Region Director. Both of
these gentlemen are members of the ASQ BOD and they have assured me that they
will support our advancement to full Section. We also enjoy an excellent
relationship with ASQ Headquarters and we have developed a very positive image
with headquarters personnel and organizations. We have attained
recognition as a leader in the ASQ Section Management Program (SMP) and we have
distinguished ourselves as the only Subsection to ever attain the Implementation
Level in the SMP. Check out the Certificate on our Web page!
NOTICE: ASQ Headquarters has just
requested that Scioto Valley Members change their Section Designation to Section
"0815" and the "Scioto Valley Section" on Membership Renewal Notices.
How's that for a positive indicator?
Congratulations to Mary Jo Mercier
on being elected the new ASQ Region 8 Director! Mary Jo was the very first
Columbus Section Chair to tell me that she would fully support our efforts to
form an ASQ Subsection. She has been a source of tremendous support and
encouragement for all of our efforts and she has been a frequent attendee at our
SVS meetings. Mary Jo will bring excellence to her role as Region 8
In accordance with our Bylaws and with the concurrence of the
SVS Executive Committee I have appointed Mr. Richard P. Biehle to a three year
term as a Director of SVS. Mr. Biehle is a self-employed Quality
Management Consultant in the Ashland, Kentucky, area and was the founder and
first Chair of the former Appalachian Subsection. Rich has agreed to join
our SVS management team to provide advice and guidance to the SVS Chair and
Executive Committee and to represent the interests of the SVS members in the
western West Virginia and eastern Kentucky areas. Welcome aboard,
I also want to congratulate our SVS Education Chair Tom Hester on
his recent retirement from the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) after
a career spanning nearly 25 years at the Portsmouth facility. Tom has also
been responsible for setting-up the SVS CQA preparatory course that started just
last week. Because of Tom's hard work and diligence we now have 10 SVS
members taking the course every Tuesday evening at Ohio University in
Chillicothe. I have had the pleasure of working with Tom at USEC and
within the SVS and I look forward to continuing our association as he plans
to stay fully involved in ASQ and the SVS.
Be sure to join us for our
April 11 membership meeting at Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) in
Portsmouth, our Quality in Healthcare meeting. The meal is courtesy of
SOMC and we are in for a real treat with two outstanding presentations on
healthcare quality. I'll see you there!
QUALITY SOCIETY'S MONTHLY MEETING TO BE FOCUSED ON
HEALTH CARE AREA
"Quality In Health Care" is the subject of the monthly
dinner program of the Scioto Valley Subsection, American Society for Quality
(ASQ). The dinner meeting will be Tuesday, April 11, 2000, and
hosted by the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth.
from Southern Ohio Medical Center will be Dr. Kendall Stewart, Director of
Medical Staff, and Ms. Becky Hall, Director of Quality, who will discuss the
elements of health care quality and provide examples of how those elements are
applied and then take questions from the audience.
This meeting also
provides opportunity for local area health care administrators and quality
professionals to network with others in their field, benchmark with other health
care facilities and organizations, and further hone their skills in the quality
profession. The Scioto Valley Subsection intends to be a networking
organization to provide for this structure and to address "Quality in Health
Care" annually as part of its program schedule.
Non-members interested in
the Subsection, in the ASQ or in the subject of quality are welcome.
members holding certifications earn 0.3 recertification units for attending
Here are the arrangements:
Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC), 1805 27th Street,
5:30 - 6:15 Registration and networking
7:00 - 8:15 Brief business meeting and
Dinner will be a buffet with two entrees, salad, vegetables, dessert and
beverage, provided by SOMC. Any special dietary needs will be accommodated
if a special note is provided with your reservation.
Due to table seating limitations, dinner will be limited to the first 40
reservations. A few additional people can be accommodated for the meeting
only, but a reservation still is required due to the limited size of the
Reservations will be accepted until close of business Friday, April
Reservations may be mailed to the following address:
Scioto Valley Subsection
PO Box 1947
Attention: Doug Scott, Arrangements Chair
You can also
E-mail your reservation(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call Doug at (740)
Driving south on U. S. 23 into Portsmouth, turn left at Coles Boulevard
(the first traffic light after entering the city limits of Portsmouth).
Note: There is a left turn lane, and that there is no street to the right.
Proceed east on Coles Boulevard about eight (8) blocks to the first traffic
light. Proceed just past this light and then turn right up the hill to
Southern Ohio Medical Center. Parking is available on both levels of the
parking garage or behind the building next to the Emergency
Department. The meeting will be in the Education building to the
right of the Emergency Department.
From the downtown Portsmouth area,
drive north on U. S. Route 23 and turn right at Coles Boulevard. Proceed
USEC SETS ASTM INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
for analyzing uranium, developed by USEC's Portsmouth Plant laboratory
personnel, were approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials
(ASTM) and will be published in the Year 2000 edition of the Annual Book
of ASTM Standards, Volume 12.01 on Nuclear Energy (I).
are recognized throughout the world as international standards for
performing uranium analysis. These methods will now be available to
everyone in the nuclear industry.
"By taking the initiative in developing
these standards, USEC demonstrates its leadership in the uranium enrichment
business," said Morris Brown, Portsmouth Plant General Manager.
"These particular methods provide USEC with the ability to satisfy
customer needs with regard to product specifications through
Dr. David Manuta of the Portsmouth Plant's
Chemical Technology section and Mr. Randy Blevins of the plant's Mass
Spectrometry section presented the methods to the ASTM. Other plant
laboratory personnel who contributed to these accomplishments include
Cindy Blugerman, Rick Foster, Kenneth Horsley, Brian Lanning, Byron Park,
Richard Schwab, George Shoemaker, Ronald Smith, Jim Williams and Gary
The ASTM-approved methods include the following:
- The Analysis of Refrigerant 114, Plus Other Carbon-Containing and
Fluorine-Containing Compounds in Uranium Hexafluoride via
Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy (C 1441-99), presented to
the ASTM by Dr. David Manuta.
- Isotopic Analysis of Uranium
Hexafluoride by Double Standard Multi-Collector Gas Mass Spectrometry (C
1429-99), presented to the ASTM by Mr. Randy Blevins.
USEC Inc. is
the world's leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial
nuclear power plants. A global energy company, USEC has its
headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and operates production plants in
Kentucky and Ohio.