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June 17, 2003

Business & Industry Breakfast Honors Pacific Metal Stamping

Tickets are now available for the College of the Canyons Business and Industry Breakfast, during which Pacific Metal Stamping will be honored for its continued commitment to employee development.

The morning features a breakfast and two speakers, followed by a tour of the Pacific Metal Stamping facility. The event will be held from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Valencia, followed by a tour of the Pacific Metal Stamping facility in Valencia at 9:15 am. Tickets are $40 per person.

The speakers are corporate consultants Steve Siegel and Doug Anton, who specialize in team building and management development. They will discuss the importance of Lean Manufacturing, communication and teamwork. The emcee for the event is Alexis Fernandez, global executive of communications and communities for Rio Tinto Borax.

This annual event is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Foundation, the COC Employee Training Institute and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies.

“The Business and Industry Breakfast brings business and education professionals together to hear about new trends in industry, to see behind manufacturing plant walls, and to learn about some of the outstanding partnerships that have been forged between the college and the business community,” said Dr. Dianne Van Hook, superintendent-president of College of the Canyons.

UltraViolet Devices Inc., Answer Products, Bertelsmann Industry Services Inc., ITT Aerospace Controls, Aerospace Dynamics International and B&B Manufacturing have been honored in previous years.

The college and Pacific Metal Stamping have been partners in employee training since May 2002, when they were encouraged by the gains Answer Products had seen in productivity and efficient work practices relating to lean manufacturing training. The owners of Pacific Metal Stamping requested a lean manufacturing class from the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute and were pleased with the results. They learned how to increase profitability and success by improving throughput, on-time delivery and quality. The company taught its employees to monitor and control those three factors. Throughput was cut from 90 to three days. The company also achieved a 40 percent reduction in work-in-process, affecting on-time delivery, and the company is moving toward attaining the goal of 100-percent quality.

The training has produced a lasting change in the culture of the organization. At the breakfast, discussion will focus on how these and many other achievements were made at Pacific Metal Stamping.