Taconic Graduates First Class of Certified Lean Six Sigma Greenbelts

Hudson, NY - June 30, 2009 - Taconic and the Certification Board of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) announced that a number of Taconic employees have completed the requirements necessary to attain the status of Taconic ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

These Taconic staff members have achieved a significant level of professional recognition based on their proficiency in and comprehension of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles and practices. To earn this certification, individuals must demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to Lean processes and quality techniques and practices in their jobs and throughout their careers.

"To have nine Taconic employees achieve the Six Sigma Green Belt certification is a major milestone in Taconic's Operational Excellence initiative," said Terry Receveur, Taconic's Director of Lean. "The tools and skills necessary to achieve this certification are the building blocks of Taconic's quality and productivity initiatives, which are vital to our goal of delivering the highest quality products and services to our clients."

To qualify for Taconic ASQ Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) certification, an employee must have three years of related work experience, attend a rigorous, two-week ASQ training course, complete a successful Lean Six Sigma project, and pass a stringent ASQ exam. Certified LSSGBs apply tools and techniques from Lean manufacturing and the DMAIC model (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) while working on Six Sigma projects under the supervision of a Black Belt.

For information about the ASQ Certified Six Sigma Green Belt program, visit

About Taconic
Taconic Farms, Inc. was founded in 1952 as a family-owned business in New York's Hudson River Valley. Since then, the company has become one of the largest laboratory rodent providers in the world with a reputation for consistently producing high quality, well-defined rats and mice. Taconic's expertise in the custom design and generation of genetically modified mice, mouse and rat breeding, barrier systems, genetics, and animal health supports researchers focused on drug development using in vivo models. Taconic has six breeding facilities and three service laboratories in the USA and Europe, a staff of over 1,000, and a commitment to technological innovation.