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Cynthia Schulte
By Cynthia Schulte
Monday, January 14, 2013 - 16:37

GM Nameplate announced today that the company’s Oregon Division, Elite Plastics, has been added to The Boeing Company’s Qualified Processor List (QPL) for the injection molding of thermoplastic parts.

Elite Plastics joins a short list of companies that are approved to provide injection molded parts to Boeing and its suppliers. The announcement comes shortly after Elite Plastics met the requirements of AS9100C, the quality management system standard for the aerospace industry. 

Elite Plastics was audited and qualified for AS9100C on December 11, 2012, demonstrating that Elite Plastics has established and applies a quality management system for the manufacture of complex plastics and value added assemblies.  This step was necessary to qualify for the Boeing QPL.        

“Achieving the aerospace AS9100C certification requires a new level of process control for Elite Plastics,” said Dan Thurmond, Elite Plastics President. “This new level of control allows us to produce better molded, decorated and assembled components and drives a improved quality and cost controls. We pursued this certification as both a path for improving ourselves and extending our product offerings with Boeing and other aerospace customers.”

GM Nameplate is currently on the Boeing QPL for placards and markers and supplies the largest number of parts of any company serving Boeing. Adding injection molding helps expand GM Nameplate’s offerings, a natural progression considering the company’s heritage and success in the industry.  GM Nameplate has been serving aerospace customers since the 1950’s and continues to earn accolades in the field. Last year GM Nameplate was the first company to be honored as three-time recipient of the Supplier of the Year by the Boeing Company. In addition, GM Nameplate was named Aerospace Company of the Year by The Northwest Aerospace Alliance. 

“We were excited when Boeing told us that they valued the innovation they saw with GM Nameplate and wanted access to our injection molding capabilities,” said Carlo Mears, Vice President of GMN Aerospace, GM Nameplate’s aerospace group.  “The Boeing QPL now has a premier vertically integrated injection molding company in GM Nameplate.”      

Read AS9100C Certification Announced for Elite Plastics to learn more about the new certification.