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Metal Services of Blooming Prairie Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Thursday, December 28, 2017
Dennis Heimerman, president and owner, Metal Services of Blooming Prairie; Bob Kill, president and CEO, Enterprise Minnesota; and Ryan Heimerman, vice president and general manager, Metal Services of Blooming Prairie
(Pictured Left to Right: Dennis Heimerman, president and owner, Metal Services of Blooming Prairie; Bob Kill, president and CEO, Enterprise Minnesota; and Ryan Heimerman, vice president and general manager, Metal Services of Blooming Prairie) 

Minneapolis (December 28, 2017) - Bob Kill, president and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota, recently traveled to Blooming Prairie, Minn to honor Metal Services of Blooming Prairie, Inc. for achieving its ISO 9001:2015 registration.

Attendees at the celebration event included: Minnesota State Senator Dan Sparks (DFL-SD27); Minnesota State Representative Peggy Bennett (R-27A); Harold Peterson, mayor of Blooming Prairie; Chuck Ackman, regional outreach director, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar; John Pierce, field representative, U.S. Congressman Tim Walz; and Gary Smith, president, Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. Dennis Heimerman, president and owner, Metal Services of Blooming Prairie led the group on a tour of the company’s facilities.

“Becoming an ISO 9001:2015 certified company demonstrates Metal Services’s commitment to quality products and quality business management,” said Bob Kill president & CEO of Enterprise Minnesota. “This is a significant achievement for all of Metal Services’s staff that will open up new business opportunities and position the organization for growth.”

ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard that confirms a company is meeting the highest standards available for managing its business. ISO is a “roadmap” of business activity that streamlines processes, confirms practices that correctly match up with supplier and customer needs, and states that company management methodically measures quality throughout its entire business.

“The ISO 9001:2015 management system has helped us improve communication flow, find process improvements, enhance our problem-solving techniques and this process never stops,” said Dennis Heimerman, president and owner, Metal Services of Blooming Prairie. “Working with Greg Langfield and Enterprise Minnesota has been a joy, they have always been here to help when needed.”

Metal Services of Blooming Prairie is a Blooming Prairie, Minnesota-based manufacturer specializing in metal component design and fabrication for a variety of industries including aerospace, agriculture, and defense. Its extensive experience in custom metal machining enables the company to handle every phase of its customers’ projects, from design and prototyping through assembly and finishing.

Metal Services financed a portion of its ISO work through an investment from Minnesota’s Growth Acceleration Program (GAP). GAP is a direct state investment program aimed at helping manufacturing companies of 250 or fewer full-time employees to access business improvement services. Eligible companies must have a business plan for improvements and demonstrate an economic need for GAP. All companies awarded GAP resources must match at least $1 for every $1 of GAP investment. First authorized by the Minnesota State Legislature in 2007, GAP has helped over 320 Minnesota manufacturers and continues to receive bipartisan support for its valuable role in job creation and job retention in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry.

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About Enterprise Minnesota
Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization that works with medium and smaller manufacturing enterprises to help them compete and grow profitably, and also serves as the “voice” for the industry, raising visibility and appreciation for the value manufacturers provide our communities and the state’s economy. Our affiliation with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) further positions us to offer clients leading-edge services to improve manufacturing operations and strengthen business.

In the last five years alone Enterprise Minnesota has helped over 510 Minnesota manufacturing companies gain access to strategies that increase efficiency and promote growth. Resulting from 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.