Jan 13, 2017
RK is One of Few Mechanical Contractors in US to Earn ISO 9001:2015 Certification
Denver, CO – January 10, 2017 – RK (a trade name of RK Mechanical, Inc.) received official notice in late November 2016 that it has retained its ISO certification and has successfully transitioned from the ISO 9001:2008 standard to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.
In the October 24, 2016 issue of Engineering News Record, RK ranked at #26 on their annual list of Top 50 U.S. Mechanical Contractors. Of the mechanical contractors that applied for this ENR list, RK is one of only a handful that demonstrated ISO conformance, based on a review of their web sites.
ISO publishes many standards for various industries and purposes. The ISO 9000 family of standards provides the requirements for an organizational Quality Management System. By abiding by these standards, companies can ensure that their products and services consistently meet their customers’ quality expectations.
ISO 9001:2015 is the successor of the ISO 9001:2008. Changes in the updated standard call for organizations to more explicitly communicate with stakeholders, including customers, partners and suppliers. The organization is tasked to become more aware of its role in society and the supply chain. The organization is expected to serve its customers with consistent quality and collaborate with suppliers to improve processes and decrease cost. There is a call for more responsibility from management, as well as a stronger focus on analyzing and measuring risk.
The new ISO 9001:2015 standards were released at the end of September, 2015. RK completed a significant overhaul of its Quality Management System in order to adhere to the new requirements, as well as to improve and align the focus of all RK business units on employee engagement, leadership and process integration. This enables more integrated and consistent quality, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement.
When ISO updates its 9001 standards, complying organizations are required to conduct a transition audit within three years after the standard changes. RK’s transition audit was performed in October, 2016 – less than one year after the new standard was released. Four external auditors conducted an extensive assessment of the processes, facilities, sites and employees’ comprehension of RK’s Quality Management System. RK is proud to announce that the transition audit was successful and the company has officially transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 to the most recent ISO 9001:2015 standard.
Lindsay Kalis, Director of Quality, Learning and Development at RK, has been involved in the implementation of the Quality Management System since RK’s initial ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2011. Lindsay stated “RK’s investment in its Quality Management System, and in engaging employees to understand that they are critical contributors to quality, increases our ability to exceed both stakeholder and customer expectations by ensuring that we’re consistently delivering world-class products and services.”
RK Mechanical, RK’s largest business unit, is the Rocky Mountain region’s largest mechanical contractor. RK Mechanical has installed HVAC and plumbing systems in construction projects that have shaped the Denver skyline, including the Denver International Airport, Union Station, the Colorado History Center, downtown Ritz-Carlton, downtown Four Seasons, and the currently under construction Coloradan condominium project, which is Denver residents’ first opportunity to buy property in the downtown Union Station neighborhood.
RK Mechanical, Inc. is the Rocky Mountain region’s largest mechanical contractor. RK has fabricated and installed the HVAC, plumbing and hydronic systems in construction projects that have shaped Colorado’s landscape. Today, RK has diversified into seven business units: Mechanical, Service, Steel, Energy, Water, Electrical and Mission Critical. RK’s units work together to give construction, commercial and industrial customers a reliable single source for mechanical and electrical contracting, custom manufacturing, steel fabrication, prefabricated buildings, facilities and equipment maintenance and water treatment solutions. RK’s commitment to quality is demonstrated by its ISO 9001:2015 certification. RK also makes safety a top priority: RK was the 53rd U.S. business throughout all industries to achieve the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protective Program (VPP) Star Mobile Workforce, the highest OSHA accreditation attainable. RK also earned the OSHA VPP Worksite accreditation, which makes RK the only company in the construction industry to achieve both OSHA VPP standings. RK is also an ASME Div. 1 and Div. 2 Certified and AISC Certified contractor. With over 1,300 employees, RK is one of the region’s top employers and fastest growing companies. For more information, call 303.355.9696 or visit rkmi.com.