Air-Way Global Manufacturing Co.
When Air-Way Manufacturing Co. first attained ISO 9001 certification fifteen years ago, many of President of Manufacturing and Engineering John Hamm’s manufacturing industry peers cautioned him “every day will be an audit day.” This prospect has proven to not be particularly daunting for the Olivet, Mich.-headquartered hydraulic fittings manufacturer. “We’re ready every day,” Hamm says. “We use ISO to our advantage.”
The company’s internal quality processes and management philosophies – many of which are strongly influenced by value-added and lean methodologies – ensure its constant readiness for any kind of close scrutiny, ISO audit related or otherwise. “Back in 2008 and 2009, when things in the economy were bad, we were forced to take a serious look at everything we were doing, and created our own lean program which has evolved over the years,” Hamm says. “We go out of our way to create one best way of doing things, and that’s the ‘Air-Way way.’”