Volvo plans to start construction its first U.S. factory in Berkeley County, South Carolina, this fall, and new vehicles will be produced by 2018.
Lori Lyerly, TS 16959 manufacturing expert and general manager of consulting management company Qualaco Inc., said Volvo will be sourcing work as it builds the plant in Charleston.
The new facility is an ideal opportunity for people and local businesses to grow economically with the Volvo supply chain. Qualaco, for example, can provide vendors with developing and implementing the practices of the International Organization for Standardization through Qualaco’s personalized, quality training programs. More specifically, ISO/TX 16949, which is a specific standard that explains quality management protocols for producing automotive products, would be a place for Qualaco to start.
Qualaco personalizes its training programs for small and large enterprises. Thanks to these programs, the companies can meet the necessary certification requirements that are essential to selling on the worldwide marketplace. Training for these standards will impact whether a company can produce, profit and benefit from the growing global automotive marketplace.