Trenton, N.J. April 26, 2017 – Leaders from Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, recognized eight Trenton employees for completing the Team Leader Development Program (TLDP), a rigorous professional education program. The Trenton plant manufactures gas-fired furnaces and evaporator coil for forced air heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
A ceremony, led by Keith Sultana, senior vice president of global operations and integrated supply chain for Ingersoll Rand and Trane leaders; Mari Mason, certified lean leader and site facilitator; Cyndi Bray-McDaniel, plant manager and Chris D’Aiello, value stream coach, was held at the plant to honor the 2017 graduates for their leadership and commitment. During the event, graduates presented their learnings and how they plan to apply them on the job when working with their teams.
“Trane recognizes these dedicated employees for completing this transformational eight-week learning program which, through a combination of lean, manufacturing education, mentoring and practical application, has taught them more about Trane and its goals, as well as their own capabilities,” said Bray-McDaniel, who led the Trenton TLDP effort. “I am impressed and inspired by these graduates and their insights and capabilities.”
Graduates include Josh Tomko, production leader and the following group leaders: Shandera Bishop, Harry Dumont, Aurelia Jones, Olivia Lohier, Raymond Nowacki, Miracle Wallace and Lester Troupe.
Trane uses a two-tiered process to identify training program participants. Plant leadership nominates participants from selected areas and each shift, while others are randomly chosen.
Ingersoll Rand offers the TLDP globally as part of its commitment to building a lean culture, a business approach which focuses on providing value to the customer while eliminating internal waste of effort or resources. The program empowers front-line group leaders to own a standard approach to their work that enables them to continuously improve the business and tap their full potential as leaders. Participants are mentored by senior leadership at their site and receive weekly assessments.
Leaders at the Ingersoll Rand sites where TLDP has been previously deployed report they are seeing a variety of benefits based on the new skills and knowledge the graduates provide including: better problem solving, strong coaching skills and the ability to provide a more standardized approach to the work they do.