By: South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP)

Greenville Colorants, located in Greenville, South Carolina, sets the standard in value-added processing and distribution of dyes and specialty chemicals to the textile, paper, and other specialty industries, such as ink plastics, paint, stains, mulch, seed coatings, and more. With its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, the company is able to offer customized products at highly competitive prices due to aggressive global sourcing of raw materials and optimized manufacturing operations. Offering over 2,000 dye products, Greenville Colorants custom-blends and matches colors based on client-supplied samples and rigorous customer specs and requirements. 

Greenville Colorants wanted to become ISO compliant and use the standard to improve processes. The company identified resources and narrowed its choices to four firms. South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), part of the MEP National Network™, was selected to help. SCMEP outlined a program that offered a practical business approach to create a conforming ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS). This program followed a systematic, managed process that produced a fully documented QMS within a few months. The program also incorporated a day for overall ISO 9001 training, which covered the basics and examined how employees were impacted as well as their responsibilities within the QMS system......for the full article