June 29, 2016, Toronto: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. (“GLK” or the “Company” TSX-V:GLK, OTC:GLKIF, FWB:8GL) today announces that the Company is working with W.G. Hughes and Associates to develop and implement a Quality Management System. The Quality Management System will be compliant with the requirements of the ISO-9001:2008 international standard and is being designed specifically for the operations that will be conducted by Great Lakes Graphite at the Matheson Micronization Facility.
Key deliverables that were objectives of this Quality Management System project included:
- a project plan identifying general requirements milestones, documentation requirements, and implementation of the the ISO-9001:2008 quality management system
- documented statements of a quality policy and quality objectives
- a quality manual consistent with the requirements of the international standard
- procedures required by the international standard
- document templates needed by the organization to ensure effective planning, operation and control of processes by which evidence records required by the international standard can be accumulated.
W.G Hughes and Associates is lead by George Hughes, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt consultant. Mr. Hughes is widely recognized for his considerable expertise, based on many years of experience working with companies in Northern Ontario to implement quality management programs and methodologies. Mr. Hughes has spent several years as an Applied Research Officer for the Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology and also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Timmins Economic Development Corporation and also as R&D Program Director for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation.
Great Lakes Graphite CEO Paul Gorman said, “Our operations must be conducted to the exacting standards required by many of our prospective customers. That means designing our operations from scratch to be ISO 9001-compliant, followed eventually by certification, at the appropriate time. Having a Quality Management System is the cornerstone of these initiatives. We are fortunate to be working with George Hughes, an expert on quality management and believe that this work forms a critical foundation for building a sustainable business.”
About Great Lakes Graphite: Great Lakes Graphite Inc. is an industrial minerals company focused on bringing value-added carbon products to a well-defined market.
The Company is party to an agreement for shared use of a portion of an industrial facility located in Matheson, Ontario owned by Northfil Resources Limited, as well as for supply of high quality natural graphite concentrate (see news release dated 03/23/15), which have positioned Great Lakes Graphite to become an emerging domestic manufacturer and supplier of micronized products to a growing regional customer base where pricing and demand continue to rise.
Further information regarding Great Lakes can be found on the Company’s website at: www.GreatLakesGraphite.com.
Great Lakes Graphite trades with symbol GLK on the TSX Venture Exchange and currently has 117,561,978 shares outstanding.
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