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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

January 2017 Chair Message



Happy 2017 Quality Colleagues!!


ASQ Grand Rapids is excited to announce that Brandon Persinger—Site Quality Head at Perrigo Holland will be our first presenter for 2017!


Brandon will be delivering an informative presentation on the rise of Economically Motivated Adulteration (EMA) and its Impact on US Food and Drug Production. The definition of economically motivated adulteration will be discussed, with detailed examples from recent events. He will discuss how organizations can recognize their exposure to EMA and establish quality systems to control the risk. Use of quality control tools including auditing, analytical techniques, and risk assessment will be reviewed. Specific case studies will be used throughout the presentation across a range of products.


Prior to the presentation, a brief tutorial will be presented by Sarah Waddell-Internal Auditior at Perrigo on the topic of Leveraging LinkedIn.


Please join us Thursday, January 12th at 5:30pm at the Bluff Conference Center located on 28th St in Grand Rapids.


As always, please contact any member of the Section Leadership Committee if you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or feedback about past and future presentations.

I hope to see you at The Bluff on January 12th!

Thank you,


Andrea Ward

Chair, Grand Rapids Section

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.)