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About Us : Grand Rapids Section 1001

Knowledge – Networking - Opportunities

ASQ1001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 1953. It is affiliated with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an international organization that is helping to create better workplaces and communities, worldwide.

Our local section provides opportunities to increase Knowledge through education and training, workshops and certification. Networking takes place among more than 400 active members through monthly meetings, LinkedIn, and other professional activities. Members benefit from finding employment postings, volunteering for the section and community events, publishing appropriate professional papers and seeking advancement to Senior and Fellow status in ASQ.

ASQ1001 has proudly lead West Michigan companies into the 21st Century and continues to be the “global voice of quality” in West Michigan and beyond.

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Section News Flash


August/September 2014

We hope everyone has enjoyed the summer season. It seems that past winter lasted very long, and this summer is going by very quickly.

Another program year for the Grand Rapids section of ASQ is about to begin. Your Section Leadership Committee has worked very hard to bring you a wide range of value added programs for 2014-2015. We think you will enjoy what we will offer throughout the program year.

We begin with our September meeting hosting Mark Rusco, one of our most popular past speakers. Mark will give a presentation on Gage Performance Curves – a graphical method to illustrate how the gage system can be expected to perform.   If the past is any indication of the future, what you will learn is something you can bring back to your job and immediately apply.

Mark is a tenured Assistant Professor at Ferris State University. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He has 15 years of manufacturing experience as a Manufacturing Engineer, work in Supplier Quality, and as a Quality Assurance Manager of a Tier One supplier to the automotive industry. He has a background in powder metal technology, production grinding, metal stamping, production welding, and small assembly.

Things only get better. If we can get enough people to register, Mark has also agreed to follow our Thursday meeting with a detailed Workshop on Friday 09/12/2014. This workshop will illustrate how to create a gage performance curve in Microsoft Excel based on the numbers calculated by an existing Gage R&R study. The presentation will include some interesting additions that can be added to make the graph even more useful. This workshop is being offered at a very cost effective price of $149 per person.

Don’t delay. Please sign up for these activities ASAP.

Please continue to check our web site, www.asq1001.org, for further details and for activities we will be offering throughout the year.We hope to see you this September for one or both of these activities!


Jim Anderson

ASQ Section 1001 Chair











Member Meetings

ASQ Presents!

  • Special speakers, tutorials, networking, dinner buffet
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month September through May (except December)
  • Venue: The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center, located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Register online at asq1001.org “Events” page

AGENDA (except December)

  • 5:15 - Doors Open / Registration
  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 5:45 - Tutorial
  • 6:00 - Buffet Begins
  • 7:15 - Speaker Main Topic Presentation
  • 8:15 - Closing remarks, Adjourn (approx.)