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Pittsburgh-based Lanxess Inorganic Pigments Group has enlisted calcium carbonate processor Omya Inc. as a Bayferrox concrete pigment distribution partner, covering the western U.S., and joining existing North American distributors Cohills Building Specialties, E& A Supply Corp., and Empire Blended Distributors.

Pittsburgh-based Lanxess Inorganic Pigments Group has enlisted calcium carbonate processor Omya Inc. as a Bayferrox concrete pigment distribution partner, covering the western U.S., and joining existing North American distributors Cohills Building Specialties, E& A Supply Corp., and Empire Blended Distributors.

"Omya came on board in the fourth quarter of 2014, as our construction distributor for the west coast and Canada and has become a valuable member of our North American distribution network in a very short time," says Peter Baldus, head of Inorganic Pigments Group Americas.

In addition to expanded distribution, the Group is marking its second year as a SCS certified supplier--the only iron oxide pigments producer to qualify and offer SCS certification of its products to the market. The certification indicates that up to 94 percent of the iron raw materials used in pigment production are recycled.

South Dakota-based Sioux Corp. reports that its quality management system is now certified to ISO 9001:2008 standards. The manufacturer began implementing changes to meet ISO standards in early 2014. Certification terms include the logging any nonconformance or customer concern, with weekly management team review of these logs. Sioux is also routinely performing internal audits of all departments including receiving, fabrication, welding, paint, assembly, testing, packaging, engineering, sales, purchasing, HR, and management.

"Achieving ISO 9001:2008 has advanced our quality management system, and will continue to do so as we move forward," says Sioux Engineering Manager Brad Hyronimus. "Internal improvements we have implemented and continuous improvements we incorporate will help immensely. If a problem arises we log the issue, meet with the correct parties, determine the root cause and resolve the problem. Procedures we have created add discipline and assist us in training new employees. The customer-concerns log ensures we are solving the problems identified by our customers."

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