The Storm Lake seed production plant of Monsanto Company has been certified as compliant with the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 9002 certification for meeting the highest standards of management practices and consistent quality performance, joining a select group of seed facilities registered as ISO 9002.
Harlan Matasovsky, facility manager, said the International Organization of Standards is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 110 countries. ISO registration requires independent auditing of processes and performance.
Employees at the Storm Lake facility submitted considerable documentation developed over many months and were inspected by an independent team to see that designated processes were being followed.
Kevin Lawrence, the director of global seed supply for Monsanto, said the certification shows the company is concerned about keeping the integrity of their quality practices high at all their facilities.
"ISO-9002 registration of our seed production and laboratory facilities will enhance the rigorous quality processes we have in place today and provide independent verification of our capabilities,"Lawrence said. "Robust management of process quality, under ISO standards, is a powerful tool to assure farmers that Monsanto's seeds meet the highest quality standards in the industry."
"We already have invested over $100 million in seed corn production facilities as part of an overall plan to consolidate and upgrade these facilities and continue improvements in their quality, safety and productivity," Monsanto manufacturing head Mark Leidy said. "The improvements provide more flexibility with individual bin drying and faster, more effective clean out between products."
All Monsanto seed production facilities and quality assurance laboratories set a goal of receiving the registration as part of the company's new initiative to enhance seed quality by producing a finished product of high quality for the farmer.
Lawrence said this is one of the more recent actions by the company to implement the new Monsanto Pledge, a series of commitments that guide the company's policies and behaviors.
The Storm Lake facility employs 15 people on a regular and seasonal basis to produce, condition and distribute the seeds to farmers. The facility began operation in the community in 1940.