The 2019 Quarter 1 issues of Impact includes articles on the following topics:

  • Feature on Weber Packaging Solutions
  • Feature on Ensign Corporation

Ensign Corporation Celebrates 20 Years of ISO 9001 Certification 


Ensign Corporation recently celebrated a big milestone in their mission for quality: 20 years of ISO 9001 registration. First registered in 1998, the company has been through three standard revisions to keep up-to-date on the strict requirements of the standard that helps them to maintain a high level of quality in their products. 

The company builds a large range of products, including electrical transformers, inductors, and adapters for different industrial and commercial uses. 

“There are probably Ensign transformers in your school, office, church, doctor’s, and dentist’s office, or in your local stores, museums, and restaurants, or at your favorite hotel/motel or golf course,” Steve Ensign, Vice Present of Ensign Corporation, told the Bellevue Herald-Leader during a recent feature on their impressive accomplishment. 

The company has built upon its rich history that spans almost 80 years. 
Ensign Coil Company was founded in Chicago in 1939 by the Ensign brothers – Joseph, David, and Richard. They, along with 12 local operators on the assembly line, built coils and transformers. At the time, the electric coils were primarily for Army Field radios during World War II. When the war ended, Ensign began making transformers for commercial, industrial, and consumer electrical products. 

In 1961, the company added a facility in Bellevue, IA to keep up with demand, and in 1979, all of its manufacturing moved to that facility to handle the increased production requirements. In that same year, the company name was changed to Ensign Corporation. 

Fast forward to 2001, Ensign consolidated its administrative functions from the Chicago suburbs to Bellevue, and the company has expanded into more diverse industries and international markets. In 2008, Ensign Corporation became part of the three-company PowerVolt Group, which includes Wabash Transformer and PowerVolt – both located in Addison, IL. 

DQS is proud to be the registrar for Ensign, a company that prides itself on quality. 


Weber Packaging Solutions Awarded 20 Year Certification


Weber Packaging Solutions is a leading manufacturer of custom labels and labeling systems. They recently celebrated 20 consecutive years as ISO 9001 certificated with DQS Inc. 

On February 26, 2019, Brad McGuire, President of DQS Inc., and Mike Curry, Regional Sales Manager for DQS Inc., presented Doug Weber, President and CEO of Weber, with a plaque commemorating their 20 years of ISO 9001 certification without a lapse. Weber’s Quality Assurance Manager, Derek Podejko, then took the group on a tour of the Weber facility to congratulate all the employees who worked to maintain the high standards needed to qualify for this honor. Vice President of Marketing, Tom Michalsen, Vice President of Manufacturing, John O’Leary, and Vice President of Finance, Chris Shealy, were part of the group thanking the Weber Team for bringing high-quality products and services to their customers.  

“Of the perhaps 3,000 companies that have been certified, only about 20-25 companies have made it to the 20 year mark,” said DQS President Brad McGuire. “It is a significant accomplishment.”

Achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification is a benchmark for measuring the maturity of the organization’s QMS. Everyone at Weber has been working diligently to put procedures in place to meet the strict requirements of ISO 9001. Emphasis was placed on consistency in our manufacturing processes so that Weber will reliably print labels with the same high quality standards every time.

Weber’s Quality Assurance Manager, Derek Podejko, states, “It’s important because it continues to provide trust between Weber and our customers. The certification provides evidence that Weber is committed to meet customer requirements, which can be accomplished with our quality management system. By identifying and defining our processes to meet ISO 9001:2015 standards, it allows us to stay consistent within our operations. The commitment from upper management allowed us to be certified to the new ISO 9001:2015 quickly and in a professional manner.”

Weber Packaging Solutions is a leading worldwide innovator in the design, manufacture, and supply of high-performance labels, labeling systems, and continuous ink jet systems for the industrial and commercial markets. Weber provides the latest in systems, software and media and supports them with direct sales, equipment service and technical assistance. 

Sara Gulo

Sara Gulo is the Marketing Specialist for DQS Inc. in the USA. She's been with DQS for 10 years in various roles, including Verification and Customer Service Professional.