Cross-industry cause: October is National Quality Month
Twenty-four years may have passed since National Quality Month was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, yet there are still many quality-related issues manufacturers face on a daily basis—food safety, toy recalls, the mortgage industry crisis, and the subsequent current financial turmoil, to name a few.
As a reminder of the critical role that quality can play in solving many cross-industry problems, The American Society for Quality (ASQ) reminds us that October is National Quality Month.
National Quality Month focuses on the strategic importance of quality and continuous improvement. It also strengthens the commitment to quality and performance excellence by organizations across the country. Many organizations have created their own special events, and recognition programs, in an effort to convey the strategic impact of quality on every industry for National Quality Month.
"One only needs to read the headlines we've seen over the past year to understand and acknowledge the critical importance that quality concepts and processes can play in today's business landscape," says Roberto Saco, president of ASQ.
The American Society for Quality is a leading authority on quality and a resource provider for more than 60 years. With more than 90,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.
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Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.