ABOUT LAUREL STEEL
NEW PRODUCTS. NEW LEVELS OF QUALITY. NEW EQUIPMENT.
Solidly established as North America's premier supplier of cold-drawn steel, Laurel Steel has earned its reputation through a continuous pursuit of quality.
Founded in 1967, Laurel Steel is a member of the prestigious Harris Steel Group . It has experienced constant growth, including launching its branded products - Cutter's Choice, Cutter's Choice Green, Miner's Choice and Plater's Choice, which are precisely designed to meet the needs of specific industries. The company occupies a 350,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility on a 22 acre site in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Its commitment to quality has resulted in several landmark designations. It is the first North American cold-finisher to receive ISO 9002 registration - an international stamp of approval. It is also among the first to earn QS 9000 registration.
First cold finished bar and wire manufacturer in North America to achieve ISO/TS16949 certification.
Laurel Steel approved for new quality standard.
Burlington, Ontario, May 19, 2004 – Laurel Steel is the first North American cold-finisher to receive ISO/TS16949 certification, a standard that will be required of all tier one automotive suppliers (those selling directly to Ford, GM and Daimler Chrysler) by 2006. ISO/TS16949 specifies the quality system requirements for the design/development, production, installation and servicing of automotive-related products.
“As a tier two automotive supplier, Laurel Steel was not technically required to become compliant with ISO/TS16949, said Sandro DeSordi, Quality Assurance Manager, Laurel Steel. “But Laurel Steel has always been committed to quality. We were the first North American cold-finisher to receive ISO 9002 registration and among the first to earn QS 9000 registration so it seems fitting that we were first to achieve ISO/TS16949 as well.”
ISO/TS16949 is not merely a quality standard but also a business standard. Based on QS-9000, ISO TS16969 includes additional, stricter requirements that satisfy the standards of almost all automobile manufacturers around the world.
“Companies who register for ISO/TS16949 certification go through a rigorous examination of every sector of the company and establish solid performance criteria for each,” said Lane Pate, President, Laurel Steel. “Being the first in North America to achieve this certification is a testament to our strong commitment to ongoing employee training, performance tracking and quality measurement.”
Ford, GM, Daimler Chrysler, PSA Peugeot-Citroen, Renault, Fiat, BMW, Daimler Benz and Volkswagen all support ISO/TS 16949. Japanese and Korean manufacturers may also recognize ISO/TS16949:2002 as a valid supplier approval mechanism in the future.
QUALITY POLICY STATEMENT
Our Quality Policy is to have the Customer Return, not the Product.
We are committed to meeting our customer's requirements and continually improving our Quality Management System.
The Quality Policy is reviewed each year for continued suitability.
The Quality Policy and the importance of quality to the success of Laurel Steel is communicated to all employees through regular meetings and postings.
Annual improvement objectives are established and monitored and reviewed throughout the year
Roles and responsibilities for quality are clearly defined.