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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


Message from the Chair - March 2018

Spring is in the air!!!

I trust that you are finding delight in sunshine during recent days. We are closing in on our next event and trust that you will make every effort to join us.  Note that as the days are flying by we want to take advantage of confirming registration as early as possible so that we can plan accordingly.  Reminder that you save a couple of dollars on registration by registering before Monday the wee of the event. 

Please note that there are changes coming through ASQ Section Actions Committee that will be bringing about adjustments to how section business is directed. We will make every effort to provide updates and keep you informed to any portion of the transformation that will impact our members. 

March ASQ Presents will include a tutorial from Paul Prunty discussing PDSA/PDCA; promises to be a good learning opportunity. 

Our main presentation will be an overview of how a local company made the transition from automotive supply to medical components supply. The focus will be on the measurement system incorporated to achieve the transition. 

Clarke H. Gilbert Jr. Calypso/PC-DMIS CMM Programmer, is a 29-year Quality Assurance veteran currently leading the charge for programming several software languages, both vision and tactile systems for Autocam Medical. As Clarke was involved in the transition from automotive components supply to medical components supply at Autocam; he will be sharing the story of how this transition impacted quality systems and measurement approaches.  Clarke plans on brining examples of components to help us understand the challenges faced during the transition.  We look forward to hearing about local manufacturing approaches and execution of change management engaged during the transition. 

Grand Rapids Section 1001 Section Leadership Committee looks forward to seeing you at the March 8 ASQ Presents!



Juan D. Loera, Sr. – Chair

ASQ - Grand Rapids Section 1001



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.)