By John B. SnyderOctober 9, 2013
WATERVLIET ARSENAL, N.Y. (Oct. 9, 2013) -- The Watervliet Arsenal announced this week that it has been recertified to the ISO 9001:2008 International Quality Standard. This was the arsenal's sixth consecutive three-year certification since becoming the Army's first installation to achieve ISO recognition in 1998.
In supplier and customer relationships, conformance to quality standards is a given. ISO registration continues to be the global benchmark for the Watervliet Arsenal to demonstrate its commitment to quality and to its customers.
The International Organization for Standardization or ISO is the world's number one publisher of Quality Maintenance Standards. In 1998, the Watervliet Arsenal became the first U.S. Army installation to be ISO certified.
The impact of being ISO certified means the arsenal manufactures products to specifications that are internationally accepted. But also important to note, the certification truly speaks to the arsenal's commitment to providing world-class quality products and services to the Department of Defense and to foreign militaries.
The Watervliet Arsenal is an Army-owned-and-operated manufacturing facility and is the oldest, continuously active arsenal in the United States having begun operations during the War of 1812. It celebrated its 200th year of continuous service to the nation on July 14, 2013.
Today's Arsenal is relied upon by U.S. and foreign militaries to produce the most advanced, high-tech, high-powered weaponry for cannon, howitzer, and mortar systems. This National Historic Registered Landmark has an annual economic benefit to the local community in excess of $90 million.