M & M Machine adds ISO to its accomplishments

Honoring M&M Precision Machining Co. for achieving International Standard Organization (ISO) certification, Enterprise Minnesota President and CEO Bob Kill said the accomplishment will help the company compete, build and sustain continued growth.

Enterprise Minnesota’s CEO and President Bob Kill, center, awards M & M co-owners Matt James, left, president of M&M Precision Machining and Mike James, production manager, a plaque in honor of the company’s achievement of ISO 9001 status.

Kill spoke at an ISO recognition event Oct. 17 in Elk River, where he presented co-owners Matt James and Mike James with a plaque in honor of the company’s achievement.

Enterprise Minnesota consultant Kent Myhrman provided the consulting services to M&M Precision Machining during the 11-month ISO certification process to help them incorporate these internationally recognized business standards into their manufacturing processes. The certification is helping M&M put an overall quality management system in place.

“We used to say that precision manufacturing companies don’t need ISO certification, but that’s really changed,” Kill said. “Progressive companies recognize the value of ISO, not only to assure they are building to quality specifications, but to open up new markets and new customer opportunities.”

M&M Precision Machining offers a full line of machining options, including milling, turning, drill presses, exterior processes and finishing and Swiss machining for a variety of industries including medical, aerospace and the military.

Enterprise Minnesota consults with medium-size and smaller manufacturing companies to help them compete and grow profitably. It also serves as the “voice of manufacturing” to raise the industry’s profile as an appreciated, highly advanced economic driver of Minnesota’s economy. The organization is Minnesota’s affiliate of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program.

In accepting the award, Matt James said once the company committed to obtaining the certification, it didn’t take long for them to realize the benefits.

“We found along the way that the certification is going to help every aspect of our company,” he said. “Our employees saw the value of it right away.”

He said the certification has already increased sales enough for the company to hire nine new employees.

Anne Arnstrom, constituent services representative for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann; Lisa Fobbe, Central Minnesota field representative for U.S. Sen. Al Franken; and Erika Nelson, outreach director for U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar were all in attendance to congratulate the company on its achievement.

M & M Machine is the second Elk River manufacturer in three months to be recognized for ISO certification. Jim Barthel, president of Elk River Machine, was awarded a plaque in honor of the company’s achievement Aug. 17.

Elk River Machine, a division of Cretex, is a custom metal parts and assemblies manufacturer for many markets, including power conversion, building and infrastructure, aerospace, defense, government, rail, agricultural equipment, marine, mining, commercial vehicles and general industrial.

It started as small blacksmith shop in 1961 building a national reputation for its machining sophistication and an 80,000-square-foot facility with more than 70 employees with metal fabrication expertise. Its concrete equipment division offers made-to-order concrete processing, transport and installation equipment.

Enterprise Minnesota consults with medium size and smaller manufacturing companies to help them compete and grow profitably. It also serves as the “voice of manufacturing” to raise the industry’s profile as an appreciated, highly advanced economic driver of Minnesota’s economy.

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