A state grant for $50,000 recently awarded to Batavia-based Graham Corp. will be used to certify the company with the International Organization for Standaridization, better known by its acronym: ISO. In particular, the funds will pay for the consultant who needs to be hired to guide the company through the standardization process and the subsequent training and development in the ISO procedures.
Dan Harvey, Graham's human resources director, said that the company is pursuing its "ISO-9000 quality system" certification. Such certification from the ISO essentially provides a stamp of approval for manufacturers that says the company and its products meet specifications accepted around the world.
"We're still in the process of meeting specifications," said Harvey. "We have not yet reached those. We're still doing some more training and development, and there are different milestones we're looking to acheive."
This kind of grant is called "an insutrial effectiveness grant," according to Stefanie Zakowicz, spokesperson for Empire State Development, the state economic development group that authorized the grant for Graham.
"The purpose of the grant is to pay consultant fees that provide technical and financial services to help a firm improve its productivity, efficiency and market share. It's only for New York State manufacturers that employ fewer than 500 workers, so small to mid-size. The more employees you have, the more you can get. In their case, at the time of application, they had 280 employees. Anything over 100, would make you eligible for up to $50,000."
Graham Corp. applied for the grant on June 17, of this year. They are on schedule to complete the project by the end of September.