Rath Incorporated Announces ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Newark, Delaware, November 16, 2009 - Demonstrating a commitment to consistent delivery of quality products and services, Rath Incorporated has announced that it has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification.

ISO 9000 is a series of five major standards for quality management and quality assurance established in 1987 by the International Organization of Standardization, representing a consensus on quality systems from more than 100 countries. ISO 9001 is considered the master model and the most rigorous certification to obtain, as it has more than twenty criteria to be met in areas such as management responsibility, contract review, process control, design, development, production, installation, service, and training.

At the heart of ISO 9001 is a close analysis of current documentation and quality systems. "In the industrial sector, documented processes that demonstrate continual improvement of business practices are critical to ensuring consistent delivery," said Frank Rowe, Technical Manager for Rath USA. "ISO certification is about commitment - to delivering the best, high-quality products and service to our customers. It means delivering what we say we deliver, and having the processes in place to prove it. The industry recognizes that commitment by making ISO certification an entrance requirement for doing business." Adds Vice-President Ralph Grizzel, "It is with great pride that we announce our successful achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification. We truly hope that our commitment to quality is apparent in everything that we do."

While ISO 9000 standards are becoming necessary for conducting business internationally, only 12% of U.S. companies have completed the registration process, as reported in Quality Management Journal.

Rath Incorporated's successful achievement of ISO 9001:2008 registration now completes certification for Rath USA, which includes Rath Refractories in Milledgeville, Georgia. In addition to the Newark, Delaware and Milledgeville, Georgia plants in the U.S., Rath is ISO 9001 certified in Austria, Germany, and Hungary. Rath USA is the North American subsidiary of the Rath Group, a world leader in refractory materials and the practical application of ceramic fiber technology. More than 100 years ago in Vienna, Austria, Rath AG began as a manufacturer of specialty bricks for home heating systems. Since then, Rath has evolved into a leading provider of refractory solutions around the world.

For additional information, contact (302) 294 4446, fax (302) 294 4451, email info@rath-usa.com, or visit www.rath-usa.com.

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