Martins Machine Company Obtains ISO Certification

Incumbent Worker Training Grant aids company to position itself for growth

Martins Machine Co Inc, a high quality precision machine shop manufacturer located in Lancaster, SC, and owned and operated by Joao & Pamela Martins, became ISO 9001:2008 certified on July 20, 2011. The certification is a reality after a fifteen year dream that was always delayed due to the company’s small size and the cost of the process. The lack of ISO certification was consistently a roadblock to the small operation’s attempt to increase its customer base. “We have been turned down by so many potential customers because we were not ISO certified, and now we are able to go back to them and show them that we have advanced and tried to make major changes in our facility and operations”, stated Pamela Martins, President of Martins Machine Co Inc.

“We just wanted to take this moment to personally thank the Catawba Workforce Investment Board and all those involved at the Catawba Regional Council of Governments for the Incumbent Worker Training Grant which allowed us to receive and complete ISO training that led to us to becoming ISO Certified. Had it not been for the grant monies, we would not have been able to achieve certification at this time.”

Martins Machine Co Inc worked with the South Carolina Manufacturers Extension Partnership (SCMEP) to complete the training and certification process. Even in the short time since Martins Machine Co Inc received their official notice of certification, they have received positive feedback from potential customers and their current customers also share in the success. New business has not yet been retained, but the outlook is much brighter than before.

Martins Machine Co Inc’s Certificate Number is 4649 and was obtained through American Systems Registrar, LLC. For more info, check out their website at