May 2000 Issue

Membership Newsletter
American Society for Quality
Scioto Valley Subsection

Volume 3, Number 5

In this issue:


As anticipated, the ASQ Board of Directors approved the advancement of the Scioto Valley Subsection to full Section status at their meeting in Indianapolis on Saturday May 6 prior to the start of the Annual Quality Congress.  On that same day the current President of ASQ, Ron Asbury, signed our Scioto Valley Section # 815 Charter. 
Our SVS Charter was formally presented to us (Tim Matchett, Grant Germann, Doug Scott, Angi Pennington and myself) on the afternoon of Tuesday May 9 by our current Region 8 Director, Gerry Pedoto.  Also in attendance at this presentation was the incoming Region 8 Director, Mary Jo Mercier; the Region 9 Director, Dick McKeever and the Columbus Section Nominations Chair, Mike Kiefel.  We were all very pleasantly surprised by Mr. Greg Watson, incoming ASQ President, who took time from his very demanding schedule to attend this ceremony and to offer his congratulations.  Later that evening, at the AQC Banquet, Mr. Watson made special mention of ASQ's newest Section # 815 and recognized us for this achievement. 
On behalf of the members of ASQ's first Section of the Millennium I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who supported our quest to become a Section.  I would especially like to recognize the outstanding support and assistance of our sponsoring, Columbus, Section # 801 and the current and past Chairs, Dr. Bill Harper; Phil Campredon; Brad Carleton and Mary Jo Mercier.  Thanks also to Laura Hoffmann of ASQ Section Relations for her excellent work in coordinating with us to assure that our Petition Package met the requirements and in representing us to the entire ASQ headquarters staff.  Our grateful thanks to our Region 8 Director, Gerry Pedoto and his Deputy, Mary Jo Mercier (now Director-Elect) for their consideration, review and approval of our Subsection and Section Petitions and for their constant support and encouragement leading to our success in becoming a Section.  Last, but not least, our sincere thanks to the Chairs of our neighboring Region 8 & 9 Sections and the Region 9 Director, Dick McKeever, who supported our efforts to establish a legitimate Section service area and who encouraged our advancement to full Section status.

Our May 16 membership meeting at the Moyers Winery and Restaurant just west of Manchester was a real success.  The tour of the Winery was very enlightening and the food and the view of the Ohio River was great but the most outstanding aspect of this meeting was the speaker.  Mr. Terry Regel; ASQ Fellow, noted author, lecturer and management consultant on the subject of quality auditing; traveled all the way from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee to speak to us on the subject of Assessment Strategies. 
I first met Mr. Regel just 8 days earlier at the ASQ Quality Audit Division (QAD) booth in the Exhibit area of the AQC in Indianapolis.  As a member of the QAD I was aware that Mr. Regel is the Vice Chair-Technology of the Division and I asked him if he could help us with our need for a QAD representative and speaker at our May meeting.  I explained that our previously committed QAD Rep. and speaker had just notified of us of her inability to be at the meeting due to a business schedule conflict.  Mr. Regel listened intently to me as I explained the importance of this meeting to our newly chartered Section and how we had constructed this meeting to address the Section's interest in Quality Auditing and to showcase the ASQ Quality Audit Division.  After a few minutes of discussion he stated that he would confer with the Chair of the Audit Division to see how they might be of help. 
The following morning I found both Mr. Regel and the QAD Chair Don Mutziger at the QAD booth.  After some introductions and a few questions Mr. Mutziger stated that he had discussed the matter with Mr. Regel and is vitally interested in supporting the Sections and fostering Section support and interest in the QAD.  I showed Mr. Mutziger how we had dedicated a special hypertext link to the QAD Web Site in our SVS Web Site "Links" page as a result of QAD representatives Reaver and Rinehart attending our November 1998 meeting at Canter's Cave.  At that point Mr. Mutziger stated that the QAD would underwrite the cost of bringing Mr. Regel to the SVS May 16 meeting.  How's that for SUPPORT?
Just 7 days later Mr. Terry Regel was the featured speaker at our first SVSection meeting.  Mr. Regel proved why he is an ASQ Fellow and a successful author and consultant.  His presentation was prepared, professional and polished.  Mr. Regel congratulated us on our attainment of Section Status, addressed the subject of Assessment Strategies very solidly, talked about Quality Audit Certification and ended with a discussion of the mission, history, status and benefits of membership in the Quality Audit Division.  Simply another example and demonstration of ASQ support, commitment, dedication, professionalism and class.
My sincere thanks to Mr. Mutziger, the Quality Audit Division and to Mr. Terry Regel.  A real, class act!
I invite you to check out the QAD Web Site at
Shortly there will be an additional tribute to the QAD in our SVS Web Site on our "Links" page.

As the Executive Committee starts planning for our next fiscal year as a full Section, your input is vitally important.  Please take a few minutes to complete our on-line survey.  The survey can be found on the SVS Web page or can be reached directly at the following URL:

In closing this rather long Chair Message for May 2000 let me make just one more point.  Each one of you who signed our Scioto Valley Section Petition has become a part of the history of the SVS.  Each member of our new Section can take a great deal of satisfaction in what we have achieved.  However, the attainment of Section status is not a destination, it is a JOURNEY!  Now is the time to assess what you can contribute to the momentum that we have all achieved.  We are poised on the brink of a new ASQ fiscal year with 122
Section members under the capable leadership of Chair-Elect Tim Matchett.  We need your help!!  If you can give even 30 minutes a month to help with the business of the SVS call or e-mail Tim  ASAP.  Let us hear from you.  Together we can continue the development and add to the success of SVS.

Be sure to join us for our June 13 membership tour of the Brown Corporation in Waverly, OH.  Read the tour announcement in this newsletter and plan to attend.  I'll see you there!

Bob Rinderman,  SVS Chair
Members and guests of the Scioto Valley Section, American Society for Quality (ASQ), will tour The Brown Corporation's manufacturing facility in Waverly as its June 2000 membership program meeting.  The Brown Corporation is located at 611 W. 2nd Street in Waverly, just north of the Mill's Pride plant on the south side of Waverly, Ohio.

Brown Corporation personnel will conduct two separate tours for ASQ Section personnel, one beginning at 5:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 4:30 and the second beginning at 6:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30.

Reservations are required, as the facility can accommodate only 25 to 30 per tour group.  Parking is located across the street from the main lobby entrance in the employee lot.

Each tour group should convene at the main lobby to be escorted to the cafeteria for a brief overview from the Brown Corporation Quality Manager, Mr. Dave Gross.  Mr. Gross has been the Brown QA Manager for over 3 years and is a member of the Scioto Valley Section of ASQ.  The following tour of the 40,000 square foot facility will take approximately 45 minutes.

Restrictions: NO CAMERAS.  Safety Glasses are required.

The Brown Corporation is on a 3 full shift operation and is a non-union environment.  Primary customers include Ford, Chrysler and GM with others being Honda, Kenworth, Textron and Visteon.  The primary products are instrument panels, interior seating tube frame and metal stamping and forming from coiled steel.

There are 8 primary stamping presses, operator cells and on-site inspection and testing with SPC data gathering at point of operation.  There are 35 robotic welders, automatic weld cells, MIG and ultrasonic weld processes with operator inspection and testing on site.  There is also a 2 stage wash process in place for surface rust inhibition of product.

The QA Lab features CMM and metallurgical testing, calibration, master samples and real-time SPC data on major lines.  Brown Corporation just completed QS-9000 re-certification.

This month's program is the tour only.  There will be no group dinner.  The Section Chair will conduct a five-minute business meeting before the presentation that precedes each tour.

Reserve your spot on this tour by mail to ASQ Scioto Valley Subsection, PO Box 1947, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601; by calling Doug Scott, Arrangements Chair, at (740) 772-6997 (leave a message if required); or by sending an E-mail to


ASQ has announced new options within the Society's set of professional certifications.

The Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) is designed to assess basic knowledge of quality tools and their uses by individuals who are involved in quality improvement projects, but do not necessarily come from traditional quality areas. This new program, aimed at a new audience, responds to the rapid spread of quality principles and practices throughout organizations. It covers the basics of quality at a fundamental level, in a way that is not exclusively addressed in any of the existing certification exams.

Built as a stepping stone for other ASQ certifications (especially certified quality technician, engineer, and manager), the CQIA supports the dissemination of quality principles and practices throughout organizations where people have not traditionally used quality methodologies, but are now being called on to contribute to quality goals.

The CQIA Body of Knowledge consists of quality basics (terms, concepts, principles, benefits of quality, and quality philosophies), teams (types, roles and responsibilities, formation and group dynamics), and continuous improvement (incremental and break-through improvement, cycles, tools, and customer-supplier relationships).

The CQIA pilot is expected to be ready in January 2001. The exam will have 100 questions and take four hours. CQIA will be considered a paraprofessional exam, so it will not require recertification.

Another new offering by the American Society for Quality is a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) add-on certification (CQA-HACCP) based on the food industry's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines. These guidelines are used internationally to ensure the safety of the foods we eat from harvest to consumption. It's the first add-on certification of its kind and is generating considerable interest in the food quality and food handling sectors. Exam candidates for the CQA-HACCP must already be CQAs. The first exam for this add-on certification will be administered in October 2000.

A CQA-biomedical add-on certification also being developed.

In other news, ASQ announced recently that it plans to launch a Black Belt certification and registration program. Three new services are being considered: (1) a stand-alone Black Belt certification program; (2) a separate registration of certified Black Belts for those who want to document the success and quantity of managed projects, and (3) a route for CQEs to become certified Black Belts, recognizing the considerable demonstration of knowledge already implicit in being a CQE. Plans call for ASQ to pilot the new exam in January of 2001. Additional details will be forthcoming.


What is the function of the Placement Chair?

The Placement Chair serves as a liaison between regional industries and ASQ Scioto Valley Section members who are seeking employment opportunities in the quality field. Although the principle focus of the Placement Chair is the Section Member who is seeking a new position due to loss of employment, the Chair may also serve the Section Member with interest in a career move to a more responsible position in the quality field with enhanced opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Who is the current Placement Chair?

The newly appointed Scioto Valley Section Placement Chair is John Cormier, Business Development Manager with the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) in Piketon.

John can be reached at:

Phone: (740) 897-2423
Fax: (740) 897-2459

How is information on regional career opportunities disseminated?

As new regional job opportunities in the quality field are identified, these listings are posted to the ASQ Scioto Valley Section Web Site, and are routinely published in the monthly Scioto Valley Section Newsletter.

In addition, the Placement Chair has established and maintains a comprehensive network of contacts with regional recruiters and area staffing professionals who may be looking for candidates for assignments in the quality field. Personal contact with the Placement Chair may produce worthwhile leads to the prospective job seeker.

The Placement Chair also maintains a confidential database containing the names of interested Scioto Valley Section Members as well as the names of regional employers who staff positions in the quality field. Interested Scioto Valley Section members may post to this confidential database at any time, or may query the regional industry data file to focus their job search. No information on file in the database will be released without that individual’s written authorization.


Recruiting for a degreed engineer with a background in quality for a management level position in a manufacturing company in central Ohio….just East of Columbus. Position will lead the engineering staff to implement and certify for QS 9000. Candidate with both manufacturing and automotive background would be ideal. Knowledge of the following preferred: design and process FMEA’s, Six Sigma, JIT, TQM, Taguchi method, Control Plans, etc. Company is privately owned, has a 95% share of market in their industry, and this division, which consists of two plants, has a projected 40% growth this year. Looking for a candidate that is an outside the box thinker, team oriented, poised for leadership, and ready for a challenge. Very, very forward thinking company that recruits only top-notch talent. Fee paid. Relocation allowance available. Competitive Salary and benefits based on experience. Please contact in the strictest confidence:

Nancy S. Burson
Executive Recruiter
614/846-5282 fax

Sunday, June 4, 2000, Pike County News Watchman

The Brown Corporation of Waverly, Inc., a supplier of metal stampings and welded assemblies for the automotive industry, is seeking applicants for the following positions:


This position requires a technical professional that can plan and direct activities concerned with the development, application, and continuous improvement of quality standards for industrial processes, materials, products and the ability to develop a close working relationship with customers.

The successful candidate will be a degreed engineer or have 3-5 years of job related experience in this field. Knowledge of GD&T and CMM operations a plus.


This position requires a strong mechanical aptitude and analytical ability, proficiency in oral and written communications and professionalism in both internal and customer relations. The ideal candidate will have strong computer skills, as well as knowledge of GD&T and CMM operations.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume a leadership role in a teamwork approach to problem solving and have the desire to pursue CQE status.

If you have a desire to work for a financially secure organization focusing on long term employment with an excellent compensation and benefit package, please send your resume to:

Cover letter or resume must reference the position for which you are applying and include salary requirements.

Brown Corporation of Waverly
611 W. Second Street
Waverly, Ohio 45690

Saturday, June 3, 2000 Chillicothe Gazette

QA Technician

Washington C.H. based company has an opening for a Q/A Technician. Background in food industry helpful but not required. Must be willing to work any shift. Starting pay at $11.44. Apply at: #1 Doane Drive or send resume to #1 Doane Drive, Washington C.H., Ohio 43160, Attention: Stuart Johns.

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