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Enterprise Minnesota achieves its ISO 9001:2015 certification
December 2018

Enterprise Minnesota earns its ISO 9001:2015 Certification

With a nod to the old adage, “physician, heal thyself,” Enterprise Minnesota recently announced it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification.

As Minnesota’s leading consulting organization for small and medium-sized manufacturers, Enterprise Minnesota helps its clients achieve the coveted certificate. ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized quality management standard that certifies a company achieves high standards in managing its business performance, reduces risk, and ensures client satisfaction.

In the last five years, Enterprise Minnesota has helped over 510 Minnesota manufacturing companies gain access to strategies that increase efficiency and promote growth. As a result of the organization’s work, clients have realized a total positive economic impact of over $696 million in sales, reduced costs by over $131 million, invested over $289 million in capital expenditures and modernization, and added or retained over 6,600 jobs.

Although service companies rarely take on the rigorous steps necessary to receive the 2015 certification, Enterprise Minnesota’s President and CEO Bob Kill required his company to undergo the demanding certification process. “There is no way we can truly comprehend the nuances of the process we’re helping our clients undergo unless we do it ourselves,” he said.

An affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Enterprise Minnesota is the only member nationwide to be certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. MEP is a national public-private partnership administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce that coordinates centers in all 50 states.

ISO 9001:2015 requires manufacturers to introduce ground-breaking concepts of quality management and continuous improvement to its certified organizations. Advocates say it aligns an organization’s strategic direction with its quality management systems, thereby helping it monitor the company’s performance.

Kill said his clients have enthusiastically embraced ISO 9001:2015 because it enhances management. It also:

  • Emphasizes targeted management systems
  • Requires accountability from top management
  • Underscores risk-based thinking 
  • Aligns common structures

On top of that, it relies less on bureaucratic documentation. “Earning the ISO 9001:2015 certification is about more than documenting your processes; it is about driving and measuring your business performance,” Kill said. “ISO forces us to focus on continuous improvement in all aspects of our business, and it shows Minnesota’s manufacturers we are walking our walk and talking our talk. This is a proud moment for our organization.”

Enterprise Minnesota had previously earned its ISO 9001:2008 certification through a 10-month process under the leadership of the organization’s ISO experts David Ahlquist, Keith Gadacz, Greg Langfield, and Pat Pearson.

To celebrate its ISO 9001:2015 certification, Enterprise Minnesota updated its logo to reflect the organizational achievement.

Enterprise Minnesota serves as the “voice” for Minnesota’s manufacturers by raising visibility and appreciation for the value manufacturers provide our communities and the state’s economy. Its affiliation with MEP further positions the organization to offer clients leading-edge services to improve manufacturing operations and strengthen business. 

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