John Deere Turf Care receives ISO 9000 certification
After an 18-month qualifying
process, in December the John Deere Turf Care facility (Raleigh, N.C.) received
its ISO 9000 certification. ISO 9000 is a voluntary system in framing procedures
for manufacturing quality and is administered by the International Organization
of Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland. The standards for manufacturing
facilities cover multiple elements, from paperwork and tracking systems to parts
inventory and the assembly process.
“ISO certification ensures the repeatability of product
and process quality with an emphasis on continuous improvement to support
genuine value for our stakeholders,” says Michael Rebilas, quality manager at
the turf care facility. “Our 377 employees are dedicated to producing the
highest quality products, and we’re proud to be included in the ranks of the
company’s other ISO-certified facilities.”
Turf care officials say they are
preparing a project plan to upgrade the current certification to ISO 9000:2000.
John Deere has been manufacturing commercial mowing and golf and turf equipment since July 1997.
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