JKM Manufacturing Achieves Coveted ISO 9001:2008 Certificate, Improving Business Performance for its Customers
EUFAULA, AL (February 16, 2012) – JKM Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer of complex wire harness assemblies, rugged electronic systems, circuit card assemblies and electro-mechanical assemblies, announced today that it has earned the coveted International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001:2008 certification for its quality management system, a value-added service to help its customers meet their business objectives.
The highly coveted award is accepted worldwide as the gold standard that defines quality and demonstrates that an organization has conformed to a quality management system that can consistently provide a product that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
"JKM Manufacturing has made a significant commitment to investing its resources and time in developing and implementing a quality management system that is recognized by our customers and the world," said JKM CEO Chad B. White. "As we move into 2012, we are committed to upgrading and improving our products for our aerospace, communication and defense customers. We know our nation counts on us."
The rigorous effort to complete the certification process was headed by JKM Contracts Manager Sherry Sellers, who has 14 years experience with the company.
It was no easy feat.
"We performed a "gap analysis" by defining where we were against where we needed to be for certification," said Sellers. "We then began improving our existing system. We identified our processes, reviewed our quality system documentation, and made the changes or improvements necessary to fulfill the requirements of the Standard. This was the biggest step, and the one that took the most time and effort. Now we have better documented procedures, and it allows us to improve the consistency of our output and streamline our processes."
Sellers, who lives in Eufaula, where JKM is based, said she called upon JKM Quality Representative Janet Gardner, Quality Engineer Kenneth Green and Test Engineer Chuck Walker to assist her.
JKM General Manager Lex Scroggins said JKM met with each department manager to go through every section that applied to them and have since implemented a training session for "new arriving employees to make sure they understand what we expect."
Said White, "This is a positive move forward that will allow JKM to grow and access new markets that may require the ISO 9001:2008 Certification processes. We also hope it demonstrates to our existing customers JKM’s firm commitment to quality and our willingness to work toward improving efficiency."
JKM is a leading manufacturer of complex wire harness assemblies, rugged electronic systems, circuit card assemblies, electro-mechanical assemblies and other specially engineered products. It manufactures products for military contracts directly and as a subcontractor to partners in the defense, aviation, communications and aerospace industries.
Since 1997, JKM Manufacturing, Inc. has been a trusted leader in making precision and sophisticated products for defense, communications and aerospace industries, including the U.S. Department of Defense. The company is based in Eufaula, AL.