Foster Manufacturing decided to participate in an ISO 2015 Transition Workshop and Readiness Assessment program facilitated by Missouri Enterprise, part of the MEP National Network. The workshop covered important changes coming with the new standard and identified critical areas for company leaders to address. Next, Foster Manufacturing called on transition experts from Missouri Enterprise to perform a gap analysis at the facility, pinpointing specific areas affected by the changes. Missouri Enterprise’s Project Manager developed side-by-side comparisons of the old versus the new standard requirements to facilitate the process of transition, then assisted the company with documentation preparation, change implementation, mock-audits, and on-site support.
"Missouri Enterprise’s expertise made a challenging change more efficient, and dramatically streamlined the process,” said Preusch. After making the necessary investments in plant improvements, Foster Manufacturing successfully passed the ISO audit. The company is now certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard, supporting $1.5 million in retained sales.