Celebrating operational excellence at Dresser-Rand business in Olean, New York

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:01 pm EDT



John Stahley, General Manager, Olean Operations, Dresser-Rand business

At the Dresser-Rand business in Olean, New York – part of Siemens Power and Gas Division – we’re proud of a recent honor we received: the 2016 Manufacturing Award for Operational Excellence, presented by Buffalo Business First business journal.

Nominated and selected by an independent panel of judges, our plant earned the award as a result of our on-time delivery record and efficiency in parts and compressor unit manufacturing.

All of us here in Olean consider this recognition to be a tremendous honor. That’s because of our strong commitment to excellence in all that we do – from quality and efficient manufacturing processes to ensuring a culture of safety on the shop floor.

At the Olean site, we manufacture and test centrifugal compressor products and gas turbines used in oil and gas production, oil and gas transmission, and refining. Mindful of the need to work as efficiently and safely as possible, we laid out a goal of improving cycle time for parts and units – implementing principles of operational excellence to improve processes related to safety, workplace organization, product quality, and on-time delivery.

With a clear vision of excellence in place, workers here have stepped up and delivered – with pride.

Since 2012, production employees in Olean have shortened the time necessary to engineer and manufacture a centrifugal compressor rotor by 56 percent and compressor assembly time by 68 percent.  Olean workers have also substantially improved the time required to engineer and manufacture a centrifugal compressor case. Through these efforts, they’ve raised the bar for global excellence in manufacturing right here in western New York.

We couldn’t be more pleased to see our workers in Olean recognized by Buffalo Business First. They are among more than 4,000 Siemens employees in the state of New York – spanning the Power & Gas, Healthcare, Mobility, and Building Technologies Divisions – who go above and beyond each day to serve customers in the Empire State, across the country and around the world. 


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