GCR retreading plants become ISO 9001:2000 certified

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Five of GCR Tire Centres’ six truck tire retread plants have received ISO 9001:2000 certification, the company has announced.

Retreading facilities in Bridgewater, N.S.; Moncton, N.B.; Sudbury, Ont.; Paradise, Nfld.; and Farnham, Que. have achieved the requirements of the international quality management system. GCR Tire Centres says its Quebec City plant is in the process of becoming certified as well.

“We are proud of the dedication demonstrated by all of our plant personnel during the entire implementation process,” said Marcel Leclair business manager, retread operations. “We are delighted to be able to offer our customers this added quality assurance.”

The ISO 9001:2000 certification process requires facilities to pass a third-party examination of quality management systems. The certification process takes up to a year and those that are accepted into the certification program must undergo surveillance audits every three years.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for GCR,” said Greg Filer, regional sales manager for Bandag, a retreading material and equipment manufacturer and GCR supplier. “Along with fulfilling the strict requirements for ISO 9001:2000 certification, all six plants also reached gold status in our 2005 Alliance Excellence initiative. These two undertakings embody the true meaning of teamwork, determination and commitment.”

GCR’s Canadian locations are owned by Bridgestone Firestone Canada. The chain consists of 43 stores and seven retreading facilities six of which retread truck tires.

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