Contact Lumber Achieves ISO 9001 Compliance for Quality Standards
Contact Lumber Co. of Portland, Ore., has received notification from the International Organization for Standardization that its quality management and controls are in compliance with ISO 9001:2000.
ISO 9001 is a global recognition system that acknowledges product and service companies who meet and maintain quality management and controls in a variety of areas. The ISO 9001:2000 most recently replaced the now obsolete ISO 9001:1994.
"We've long recognized that we have a responsibility to our employees, our customers, our community and our owners to operate with quality as a first priority," said Peter McKibbin, vice president. "Conformance with ISO 9001 helps us to gain respect and recognition worldwide for our company's existing mission."
To obtain ISO 9001 conformance, a company must successfully show compliance in four main areas of quality control, with the overall goal to establish, implement and document the company's quality management systems. Contact Lumber has implemented 98 percent of the requirements with the other 2 percent in development for review this fall, leaving zero requirements "not in conformance."
The compliance measures include:
"We work in industries that require Ready to Assemble (RTA) component parts be produced within very tight tolerances," said McKibbin. "The exacting standards placed on us by our customers helped to pave the way toward our being able to achieve ISO compliance in a relatively short period of time."
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