Our own Bob James took on the process, which took about 14 months from start to completion.
We worked with Orion Registrar, Inc., an auditing agency out of Arvada, Colorado, to attain the certification, and we were pleased with their representative’s professional and helpful manner.
“This was very much a learning experience for me,” said James. “And by the end of it, I felt as if I could successfully mentor another company through the process.”
James has been with us for 35 years, and he wears a lot of hats around Alkota. However, with his background in accounting, he has primarily served as our cost accountant. His expertise when it comes to details made him an excellent fit for this project.
The initial visit with Orion Registrar, Inc. to launch the project took place in April of 2018. We had done our homework, and the day-long visit with the Orion representative was very helpful in determining what was left to accomplish. We discussed what they were looking for and assessed our progress across departments.
We were given a footprint to fill out, and the official audit took place in September of 2018. In all, the process took four days, and the Orion representative went over a list of 65 requirements with James. Following that, he visited with Alkota employees across departments, assessing their procedures and documentation.