MVP Business Solutions announces fall schedule for collision center ‘green belt’ training

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2008 – PPG Industries’ (NYSE: PPG) MVP Business Solutions team is offering three opportunities this fall for collision center owners and managers to attend its MVP Green Belt Training program. The four-day course teaches the practical application of Lean Six Sigma tailored for collision repair and focuses on helping shop owners and managers design and implement processes that will result in the simultaneous improvement of quality, speed and cost of operations.

The fall 2008 schedule for MVP Green Belt Training is as follows:
  • Oct. 6-9, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Nov. 17-20, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Dec. 8-12, Duarte, Calif.
“The challenges for owners and managers of collision repair businesses have never been greater,” said Jim Berkey, director of MVP Business Solutions for PPG Automotive Refinish. “Collision repair businesses are faced with shrinking repair opportunities, shrinking profits, fewer capable people and performance pressures from insurers and consumers. On top of this, there is an over-supply of collision centers in the market.

“Our Green Belt Training is the right solution for these challenging times because it teaches owners and managers how to eliminate waste, improve cycle time and efficiencies, and reduce operating costs,” he said.

According to Rich Altieri, senior manager, MVP Business Solutions, the curriculum is based on more than four years of research and development led by a team of Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma experts and MVP collision center consultants.

“We hold these training programs at real-world collision centers that are well along their way on the Lean Six Sigma journey,” Altieri said. “That way, other owners and managers can more effectively relate what they learned in the classroom to how it applies on the shop floor.”

Altieri said the training and the workgroup programs have been well received. “We have graduated more than 450 owners and managers to date, many of whom are now on the continuous improvement path provided by our MVP ParaKaizen Workgroups,” he said. The ParaKaizen Workgroup program provides continuous education and execution support based on the principles of Lean Six Sigma and a shop floor-oriented “learn-do” approach.

For more information, or to register for an upcoming session, contact your PPG Territory Manager, call the MVP Hotline at 440-572-6199 or e-mail to

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Paul Ong
PPG Automotive Refinish