C. Thorrez Industries Certifications and Awards
C. Thorrez Industries and its affiliated manufacturing
plants hold the following certifications & ratings:
FCA Outstanding Quality Award
Check out Our Number 5 ranking in the 2015 Quality Leadership 100 Awards. By Michelle BangertThe following is an excerpt from Quality Magazine,
February 2015 Leadership 100 Awards.
For the full article go to www.qualitymag.com/articles/92393-top-quality
It’s award season. Of course, for those in the movie business, there’s the Oscars at the end of the month, but for those in the quality profession, you can still earn some recognition in the pages of this magazine. From the Quality Leadership 100 to our Plant and Professional of the Year awards, the next three months feature some top companies and people. The Quality Leadership 100 recognizes dozens of top-performing plants for their dedication to quality. This year the top five companies were: DCX-CHOL Enterprises Teletronics division, Manitowoc, Top Tool Co., Dependable Stamping Company Inc., and C. Thorrez Industries. These companies were all committed to quality, whether they were a staff of 35, or a location with 400 people. If you’re wondering how the results are tabulated, the analysis varies slightly from year to year. This year companies were evaluated on continuous improvement and internal quality programs in place; contribution of quality to profitability and shareholder value; average number of hours monthly that employees receive quality training; scrap and rework as a percentage of sales; warranty costs as a percentage of sales; and registration to various standards such as ISO 9001. The BNP Media Market Research Department conducted the survey for Quality.
|C. Thorrez Industries produces precision machined parts, and exports more than a third of what they produce to companies in Asia. Though the company had been exporting for five years on a consistent basis, President Mick Thorrez says the volume has grown substantially in the last two years, and sales basically doubled in that two year period. He attributes this to customers recognizing the quality of parts and the volumes available. The company, which is registered to ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001, has been around since 1919. Thorrez is a third generation, and the company has fourth generation involved too. “We’re there six, seven days a week,” Thorrez says. “We’re all heading in the same direction. It takes a lot of hard work.” Besides the hard work, another reason for their success has been the feedback given. The company shares the goals, profits from the day before, and sales objectives. They have end of the month goals, as well as on a per-day basis. They will also give employees feedback on the activities of the day before. And the company then shares its success with employees, with bonuses and higher wages. Today the company primarily serves the transportation industry, including both automotive and heavy-duty truck. But in the past, they have worked with office furniture, appliances, and recreational camping products. During his grandfather’s reign, the company made bullets for World War II. “It’s just an evolution,” Thorrez says. “You have to be flexible in finding new customers and solving the needs they have out there. I can’t wait to find our next new customers. There are new customers every time you look.”|