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Simonds' European Manufacturing Partner, Wespa Receives ISO 9001 Certification

November 7, 2014 - David Miles


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Editorial Contact:         Mr. Michael McCue                          Simonds    David Miles

                                    McCue & Associates LLC                  Contact:    Simonds Inc.

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Fitchburg, MA, U.S.A.  (November 6, 2014) – Simonds Saw ( announced today that their European bandsaw blade technology partner, WESPA® (Melsungen, Germany), has received ISO 9001 quality certification.  WESPA is a leading global manufacturer of sawing tools providing customized solutions and sawing products, including a range of carbon and bi-metal band saw blades for Simonds' Europea n and North American markets.

"WESPA has been our partner for twenty years and has always followed stringent quality control measures to provide the highest product and service quality. We are extremely pleased that their facility has been recognized with the ISO 9001 quality management system designation," said Mr. Jim Holston, Vice President of Operations for Simonds.

Mr. Christof Peter, Quality Manager and ISO 9001 Project Champion for WESPA said, "It was a two year project to work through the necessary steps to become ISO 9001 certified, and the result was well worth the time invested.  Customer confidence in our products is now further increased because the ISO 9001 certification is an industry recognized standard which is third party audited."

Simonds also manufactures their industrial bandsaw products in North America under a stringent quality system and have been ISO 9001 certified since 1993.  Holston said, "ISO 9001 is an excellent process to identify non-conformances and implement corrective actions, resulting in improved quality and reliability.  Simonds was the first U.S. saw blade manufacturer to attain ISO 9001 certification."


WESPA is one of the leading global manufacturers of sawing tools. With more than 100 employees in the 45,000 square foot Melsungen, Germany headquarters, WESPA  produces a broad range of products, meeting the requirements of many industries.  WESPA products are customized to meet the requirements of their industrial customers and distributors/ partners worldwide.

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Simonds offers an extensive array of professional grade products including a comprehensive line of industrial bandsaw blades and technologies for metal cutting applications and the support / maintenance equipment for many of their products and hand files.  Products are sold through a comprehensive worldwide distributor base.

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