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Granite City Wins Prestigious 5S Award for 2021!

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Granite City Wins Prestigious 5S Award for 2021!

Quala is proud to award our Granite City, IL location with this year’s travelling 5S trophy and plaque. Facility Manager, Kyle Benson, accepted the award on behalf of his team.

Through this yearly competition, all 89+ Quala facilities showcase their commitment to the Quala Way and our 5S Program standards. Regional winners are picked and an overall winner is chosen by an Executive Team.

5S is an industry practice that helps us make our facilities more efficient and welcoming to customers. During the competition, facilities must submit an improvement project to be completed through the year. This can be anything from refurbishing a lackluster waiting area to changing the layout of the yard so it flows better.

What’s 5S?

“5S involves assessing everything present in a space, removing what’s unnecessary, organizing things logically, performing housekeeping tasks, and keeping this cycle going. Organize, clean, repeat.”


This year, Granite City knocked it out of the park with their entry, showing how they used the 5th “S” (Sustain) to keep their facility organized and efficient throughout 2021. By excelling at 5S, Granite City is also upholding the Quala Way: the guiding principles that help us build trust and longevity with our customers. These principles are Safety, Honesty, Dependability, Commitment, and Consistency which are all upheld by 5S practices.

5S is a Japanese Lean Manufacturing Concept That Stands For:

  1. Sort (Seiri)
  2. Set in Order (Seiton)
  3. Shine (Seiso)
  4. Standardize (Seiketsu)
  5. Sustain (Shitsuke)

Quala congratulates Granite City on their award and continues their commitment to improving customer experience at all of our facilities. Thank you to all of our locations who participated in this year’s 5S competition. We look forward to what 2022 will bring!

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