Arcata, Calif., (October 20, 2009) – Kokatat, a 38-year-old, independent paddlewear and accessories company, recently attained an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certificate.
Kokatat manufactures approximately 90 percent of its product collection in Arcata, Calif., making this domestic ISO 9001:2008 certification highly unique in the outdoor industry.
The certification validates Kokatat's commitment to quality product and to providing industry-leading customer satisfaction under the guidance of a quality management system. ISO is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards.
"The investment and commitment necessary to successfully implement a formally recognized quality management system is a reflection of how seriously we regard Kokatat's founding mission: to design and manufacture the highest quality products for our paddle sports, rescue and government customers," said Kokatat founder and president Steve O'Meara.
Following a nine-month implementation process, the British Standards Institution (BSI) conducted an intensive audit on behalf of ISO. BSI examined all of Kokatat's quality standards and relevant processes to determine compliance and the intent to make effective improvements in the future.
Kokatat was founded on the principles of innovation and quality and is known for producing technical garments and accessories for entry-level users as well as professionals in the field. "The ISO certification is a natural extension of the way Kokatat does business", says O'Meara, "and it will allow us access to new markets as we prepare for the future."