Meeting High Standards for Quality as an Automotive Parts Supplier

ROCKFORD, IL, July 11, 2017—Pearson Fastener has achieved 16949:2016 First Edition Certification from the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) as a supplier of high-quality custom fasteners to automotive manufacturers.

ITAF 16949:2016 First Edition certification defines the requirements of quality management systems for organizations in the automotive supply chain. The IATF, which oversees this particular standard, based it on ISO 9001:2015 with substantial enhancements over previous standards. Therefore, to gain IATF 16949:2016 First Edition certification, suppliers must comply with the new ISO 9001 standard, ISO 9001:2015- ANSI/ISO/ASQ Q9001-2015.

“By achieving this level of certification, it shows Pearson’s commitment as a word-class supplier by having a quality system in place that drives continuous improvement for our internal and external stake holders,” said Larry Fey, Director of Sales at Pearson.

“It’s especially important for our customers because one of the primary goals of IATF 16949:2016 First Edition is to ensure a supplier’s ability to satisfy its customers and continually improve,” said Paul Chandler, Director of Operations. Pearson Fastener’s quality system includes capabilities such as full Level 3 PPAP documentation, advanced tensile testing, Six Sigma Green Belt leadership, and cage code designation as a government contractor to support U.S. military troops.

Edward L. Maschmeier, Director, Certification for SRI Quality System Registrar, stated “Their certification shows their automotive customers worldwide that Pearson Fastener is committed to being recognized as a long term supplier of quality goods and services.”

About Pearson Fastener

Founded in 1971 and based in Rockford, IL, Pearson Fastener designs and manufactures quality custom fasteners for industries including automotive, lawn and garden, transportation, marine, food service, healthcare and military, as well as fastener distributors. The company specializes in cold headed metal components such as pins, shoulder bolts, rivets, double-end and fully threaded studs, screws and specialty fasteners in a diverse range of materials, shapes, sizes and finishes.

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