Two-Year Process Earns Chemetall Recognition from Ford Motor Co.
After a strenuous two-year evaluation, Chemetall US, Inc earned the highly-coveted Q1 Supplier Status Certification from Ford Motor Co. in 2014, recognition that the chemical supplier meets a global standard for quality.
Ron Felber, Chemetall’s president and CEO, said it is the result of the work of a team headed by Loree Lavergne, Chemetall’s manager of quality systems, and Heather Whitehead, Chemetall’s quality systems administrator.
“It is truly an honor to have our hard work and project dedication recognized,” Felber said. “At every step of the way, the Chemetall community—site reps, laboratory personnel, manufacturing, trafficking, and quality control—have demonstrated excellence in its execution.”
The process began in October 2011 with the opening of the $25 million state of the art manufacturing plant built by Chemetall in Blackman Township, Michigan. Within a month, Chemetall had earned ISO 14001 and ISO 9001/TS 16949, certifications that were pre-requisites for achieving the next goal, Ford Q1 Supplier Status Certification.
Ford requires a supplier’s facility to achieve excellence in four main areas: competent systems, constant improvement, enduring performance and satisfied customers.