New class of international officers tours local factory facilities

The 2017 class of international officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College were hosted at a breakfast and provided a tour by leadership of Kansas City’s Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company, July 19.


Kathy Beaham Smith, vice president for production at Faultless, provides the international officers from CGSC’s Class of 2017 with some background and history of the company during their visit and tour July 19.

The IOs were welcomed by, Faultless Starch’s Director of Health and Wellness Tricia Beaham. Ms. Beaham is the wife of the late David Beaham, a former trustee of the CGSC Foundation and well-known champion of the international officer program at CGSC.

Kathy Beaham Smith, vice president for production at Faultless, provided the IOs with some background and history of the company and President Bill Wood talked about the factory process and the “green” imitative that Faultless maintains. He also explained that the company recycles as much as possible, including shipping non-recyclable items to another company that burns the waste to produce electricity. Finally, Scott Brown, Faultless’ General Counsel and a few other staff members took the IO’s on a tour of the factory.

The Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company is a privately owned business whose principal enterprise is manufacturing and marketing laundry, household cleaning products, air care, and lawn and garden products, to consumer and commercial markets. The company headquarters, manufacturing plant, research laboratory, and distribution center are located in Kansas City, Mo. The Beaham family has led the company since its founding.

The Faultless leadership provided the 2017 class of international officers with this breakfast and tour as a way to welcome them to the greater Kansas City area and to provide some insights to how American companies work as part of their overall experience while in the country.

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