Westlake Chemicals was awarded the 2007 MTS World-Class Award in a presentation at the Lake Charles Polymers Plant. The award, presented by MTS World, Inc., commemorates the 40th anniversary of the MTS and is in recognition of Westlake’s outstanding Fidelity, Integrity and Quality in the use of the MTS Process Management and Learning System.

Westlake has been using the MTS System since 1990 to enhance its performance. In those 17 years, plant operating personnel was trained using MTS format operations learning manuals covering over 100 of the plant processes. In addition, maintenance personnel were also trained using the MTS methodology.

The award was presented by Vicente Estrada, Managing Director of MTS World, Inc., and Neil Blahut, President of MTS World Gulf Coast LLC, at a weekly management meeting. Receiving the award for Westlake: Robyn Miller, Training Coordinator; Gina Jones, Training Supervisor; Wayne Smith, Health, Safety & Environment Manager; and Wayne Ahrens, Plant Manager.

About MTS. Founded in 1967 by an ex-Monsanto process control engineer John Warren under the original name Management & Training Systems, MTS (now MTS World, Inc.) has completed more than 1,000 projects for 170+ companies in 34 countries and 8 languages.

Headquartered in St Louis, Missouri USA since its founding, MTS has delivered on a customized basis, The MTS System – as the company’s main service is known, to industrial sites in all types of industries. The focus of the work is the definition, documentation, training and application & measurement of the customer’s specific processes and equipment.

Reflecting the spirit of the MTS mission, a number of years ago the company adopted the tag line: Because Technology Depends On People…

With Respect to Society, MTS™

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Does not place profits above all else; while recognizing the need to add value for the shareholders, profits are considered part of the cost of staying in business and perpetuating the institution in the service of the industrial/manufacturing segment of society.
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Understands that MTS™ integrity and business ethics exist in MTS™ people, or they do not exist at all; that they must be upheld by individuals, or they are not upheld at all.

With Respect to its Resources, MTS™

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Believes that MTS™ people are our most important asset, for whom we make deliberate efforts to develop in the context of specific projects.
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Is owned by employees, an association of professionals who embrace the concept of stewardship as a management philosophy.
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Grows organically by establishing strategic business units, rather than by creating a large centralized organization.
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Considers MTS™ management as a resource for the rest of the organization.
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Re-invests profits in itself to develop its people, new products and services and to perpetuate the company.
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Adheres to this code of ethics: On essentials, unity and consistency; on non-essentials, freedom and flexibility; on everything, integrity and professionalism.

With Respect to Products and Services, MTS™

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Endeavors to provide the highest quality work with the MTS™ Technology Transfer System and continually seeks product and service improvements consistent with project opportunities and technological advances.
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Works to obtain defined, measurable results rather than just to sell time and materials.
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Accepts the primacy of the project concept in the conduct of business.
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Establishes performance standards for work and manages projects against them: Technical Objectives; Customer Satisfaction; Product Development; People Development; Profitability; MTS™ Satisfaction.

With Respect to Customers and Markets, MTS™

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Concentrates efforts mainly in industrial organizations around the world, because the MTS™ Technology Transfer System transcends cultural lines.

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Responds to the customer's specific needs and recognizes that while "the customer is not always right," the customer is always the customer.
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Charges a fair price for its work, not “what the market will bear.”
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Is willing to forego doing business if there are serious discrepancies between MTS™ values and the customer’s values.
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Favors strategic alliances and partnerships over rigid contracts.