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Jan 14, Bessemer AL--Vulcan Painters Inc. has been certified to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard by the International ISO certifying firm Bureau Veritas. This is Vulcan Painters 19th year as an ISO certified company, and the company has had 38 quality audits by international third party auditors.

ISO 9001 is a standard for quality management systems. Achievement of certification reflects a level of professionalism and commitment to best practices within an organization.  It shows that the company provides consistent quality in its services, that it meets customer’s requirements, complies with applicable laws and meets the organization’s own requirements. It helps the company streamline business processes and continually improve them.

It also helps the company increase customer satisfaction and shows that it complies with internationally recognized quality standards.

Vulcan Painters received multi-site certificates which include coatings and linings applied in Vulcan Painters’ shops, in customers’ facilities, at Vulcan Pipe and Steel Coatings in Bessemer, and in the field.  The certifications cover coatings and linings, applied in the shop and in the field, and coatings and linings of ductile iron pipe, pipe fittings and fabricated parts.  The certificate started in October 2018 and runs through September 2021. Vulcan Painters is one of the few coating and lining contractors in the country to have certification to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.

Certifying to the new standard was no small task. It was a team effort involving every manager and officer at Vulcan Painters, Inc. particularly Cory Allen, Director of Quality Management Systems.

According to Allen, Bureau Veritas was chosen for the new certification because of their strong reputation in inspection and testing, and their knowledge of construction, compared to other certification bodies that specialize in other industries.

In addition to the ISO 9001:2015 certification, Vulcan Painters is also certified to standards of SSPC—The Society for Protective Coatings.  Vulcan Painters holds the SSPC QP1, QP2, QP3, QP8, and QS9 certifications.  Managers, supervisors and foremen at Vulcan Painters cumulatively have more than 450 years’ experience in the painting industry, giving customers a knowledge base of surface preparation and liquid coatings and linings that few contractors have nationwide.

A new version of the ISO 9001 standard comes out about every seven years.  ISO 2001:2015 is the third ISO standard Vulcan Painters has been certified to since it was first certified in the year 2000.