Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

ISO Certification Helps Corken Pursue Goals

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

ISO Certification Helps Corken Pursue Goals

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Corken Inc.'s rapid completion of its ISO 9001 quality certification is indicative of the type of system the company has in place, according to the president of the Oklahoma City-based firm.

The certification is an international standard for product quality set by the International Organization for Standards.

"What is particularly pleasing to me is that Corken made the decision to go after ISO 9001 in January 1994," said Jeff Hohman, Corken president. "Typically it takes 18 months or more for a company to go through that process, and typically there is a 70 percent failure rate on the first pass.

"We did it in under a year and on the first pass. I guess that says that we have a good quality system in place, but we put it in the form of ISO 9001, and it has really helped our company."

Achieving the ISO 9001 certification was a matter of pride to the company's 115 employees, he said.

"People here are pretty optimistic. We are feeling pretty good about the future, and this gives us one more notch in our continuing process to please our customers.

"We have one of the few companies where the average tenure of all of our employees is probably over 10 years," Hohman said. "We have people that have been here more than 40 years. We have just got a close-knit group of employees."

Corken manufactures pumps, compressors and packaged systems of pumps, compressors and controls, more than one-third of which are sold in the international market.

Corken's packaged units are used nationwide and in foreign countries in vehicle refueling stations that dispense compressed natural gas.

"Predominately, a large part of our business serves the propane and butane market," he said, "but we also are heavily involved in the process industries, the chemical industries, worldwide.

"We literally have Corken personnel traveling all around the world many times a year. We have a sales office in Singapore. Our parent company, IDEX Corp., owns 11 companies and six of them have offices in Singapore. …

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