Ekstrom Carlson, a KOMET SERVICE® Partner, earns ISO certification

Ekstrom Carlson of Rockford, Ill. is the sixth KOMET SERVICE® Partner to earn ISO 9001:2008 certification, a major step for both Ekstrom Carlson and KOMET SERVICE®, as the two companies push for increasingly higher standards of quality assurance.

Rockford, Ill. (December 1, 2015) – Rockford-based KOMET SERVICE® Partner, Ekstrom Carlson, and KOMET of America, are pleased to announce that Ekstrom Carlson has attained ISO 9001:2008 certification. All KOMET SERVICE® Partners are currently working to obtain ISO 9001:2008 certification and Ekstrom Carlson is the sixth Partner to have completed the certification. This certification, established by the International Organization for Standardization, ensures that customers receive goods of a consistently high quality, and that all regulatory requirements are met, regardless of the nature of the product or the industry. A certification with such broad applicability naturally carries with it a great degree of steps and requirements; as such, Ekstrom Carlson’s certification shows the commitment to quality and customer assurance that they share with KOMET.

“This is exciting for our Partner, Ekstrom Carlson, but it is equally exciting and motivating for us all at KOMET SERVICE®,” declares Tom Whennen, Manager, KOMET SERVICE® North America. “All of our Partners are actively working towards ISO certification, and getting closer each day. Ekstrom Carlson’s accomplishment shows the dedication we all have towards being ISO certified. ISO certification is an added stamp of quality and reliability, and it is what sets KOMET SERVICE® apart in the solid carbide tooling market. Our joint dedication to quality and to customers is unequalled.”

“We are very excited to have earned our ISO 9001:2008 certification,” Ekstrom Carlson President, Todd Kreissler said. “We became a KOMET SERVICE® Partner with the knowledge that we would need to add to our capabilities and we will continue to strive to exceed customers’ expectations as part of our ongoing quality policy.”

Ekstrom Carlson joined the KOMET SERVICE® network in March 2013. However, Ekstrom Carlson was founded in 1904 as a woodworking equipment manufacturer. Today Ekstrom Carlson is a manufacturer of high-quality solid carbide and high-speed steel cutting tools addressing the metalworking, woodworking, plastics and foam industries.

Customers who need special solid carbide tools manufactured or who have solid carbide tools (regardless of brand) in need of refurbishment are encouraged to try Ekstrom Carlson. They are sure to be pleased with the quality, transparency, and fair pricing.

About KOMET of America, Inc.

KOMET of America, based in Schaumburg, Ill., is the largest subsidiary of the German KOMET GROUP®, a global leader in metal-cutting and boring technology and tools. Its KOMET®, DIHART®, JEL®, RHOBEST®, BRINKHAUS, and KOMET SERVICE® brands make KOMET a renowned and trusted leader in the metalworking industry, especially for drilling, boring, reaming, milling, and threading operations. KOMET has been an innovator in this industry for over 90 years – beginning with their indexable drilling tools and continuing today with innovations such as their mechatronic tool systems. The company proudly employs over 1,600 staff throughout its 20 subsidiaries, and today maintains a presence in more than 50 countries.

About Ekstrom Carlson, Inc.

Ekstrom Carlson, founded in 1904 as a woodworking equipment manufacturer, today is a manufacturer of high-quality solid carbide and high-speed steel cutting tools addressing the metalworking, woodworking, plastics and foam industries. Its tools are used in general machining, machinery manufacturing and packaging, as well as in the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors. The company’s steady growth is supported by portfolio expansions targeted at serving its customers’ evolving needs, a focus on offering top-of-the-line products at the best possible price, and a commitment to exceptional customer service.