By Matt Wickenheiser
Oct. 18, 2001 – Methuen, MA – Workers at the MKS Instruments plant here paused from their work schedule this morning to celebrate an accolade they’ve recently received.
The facility, where about 180 workers are employed, was recently named one of the 10 best plants in the US by the magazine Industry Week. Other companies whose plants were in the top 10 included Northrup Grumman, Textron, Dell, and Kodak.
According to the Industry Week research poll, MKS Methuen was selected based on significant, measurable and sustainable progress made in its quest for world-class competitiveness. The plant manufactures gas and advanced material delivery subsystems, as well as pressure management subsystems.
“To be in the top 10 is just an absolutely remarkable accomplishment,” said MKS CEO and president Peter Younger. “You should all be overflowing with pride.”
Younger went on to talk about MKS’ efforts to cut cycle times and to run a lean manufacturing operation.
“This is not a fluke, this is the result of 20 years of hard work,” he said.
Methuen Mayor Sharon Pollard was on hand to commend MKS for the achievement and to present a citation.
“Aren’t you thrilled that we have something wonderful to talk about?” she asked. “You made this happen.”
In addition to recognizing MKS for its manufacturing achievements, Pollard also noted that the company was a good community partner – to help accommodate the city’s need for open space for soccer fields, MKS allows the fields at its Methuen campus to be used by area youth leagues on weekends.