Ford Motor Co.'s commitment to Six-Sigma, the widely renowned quality improvement system, is trickling down to its suppliers. Anne Stevens, last week named to a new position of vice president-North America assembly operations, says the automaker is “encouraging” its suppliers to implement Six-Sigma. But, she adds, Ford is not yet making it a requirement to do business. “We only started fourth quarter of '99, and I think to go out and demand that suppliers do it at this point in time is ...

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