Milliken Forms New Business Line to Provide Performance Improvement Services

    SPARTANBURG, S.C., April 23 /CNW/ -- Milliken & Company today announced
the formation of a dedicated business group to provide Performance Improvement
Services to manufacturing companies.  The new group is called Milliken
Performance Solutions and will be based in Milliken's Spartanburg, South
Carolina headquarters.
    Milliken is well-positioned to leverage its broad experience in
manufacturing, engineering, business systems and technology development from a
142 year history.  For a number of years, this experience has been provided to
both suppliers and customers as part of a focus on supply chain development.
The formation of Milliken Performance Solutions will expand these services to
support companies outside of Milliken's traditional base and will report to
Craig Long, Vice President of Six Sigma and Quality.
    "The decision to provide performance services is a direct result of
companies across the United States requesting Milliken's assistance to improve
operating performance as the competitive bar has been continuously raised,"
said Long.
    Core offerings of the new group will include the Milliken Performance
System and the Milliken Safety Process.  The Milliken Performance System is a
daily management system that provides a systematic, step by step method of
running any operation more effectively and efficiently.  The system is in
place at over 60 plants worldwide and can support both discrete and continuous
process manufacturing plants.  The system overcomes the limitations of
conventional Lean Six Sigma programs by providing a more comprehensive
approach that leads to dramatic breakthroughs in cost reduction, higher
morale, increased customer satisfaction, and a cleaner safer environment.  The
Milliken Safety Process provides comprehensive assessment, planning and
management to ensure a safe working environment.  As a result, Milliken is one
of the safest companies in the United States as rated by OSHA and the National
Safety Council.
    In the early 1980's, Milliken & Company embarked on a journey called the
"Pursuit of Excellence."  The journey has been marked with many milestones,
including winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the TPM(R)
Excellence Award given by the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance.  Milliken
& Company is the only company in the U.S. to achieve both the Malcolm Baldrige
and the TPM(R) Excellence Award.
    Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken is one of the largest
privately-held textile and chemical manufacturers in the world.  Milliken is
widely acknowledged as an international leader in research, innovation, and
customer service.  FORTUNE Magazine in 2007 rated Milliken as one of "The 100
Best Companies to Work For" -- the third time Milliken has been listed in the
magazine's annual ranking.
    For more information, please contact Milliken Performance Solutions at, or 864-503-1454.

For further information:

For further information: Richard Dillard, Director, Public Affairs of 
Milliken & Company, +1-864-503-2546

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