January 2006 Issue

First Word: 01/06

Quality, Global Competition and Lycoming
In this month’s issue, we’re publishing an interview with Ian Walsh, Lycoming’s new general manager. Walsh’s principle challenge is to fix quality control lapses at the company’s Williamsport, Pennsylvania engine plant and to usher Lycoming into a future certain to be dominated by lean, innovative manufacturing.

Thus far, from the perspective of an outsider’s nose pressed against the window, Lycoming seems to be on the right track. Walsh has instituted vigorous new quality control strategies and is pondering new products, such as electronic controls and diesel technology. All good stuff. But the reality is that Lycoming is a poster chil...

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