Creative Business Makes Things RightJuly 20, 2021
This article originally appeared in the Blair Business Mirror
What started as a family-owned shoe manufacturing company in 1986 has transitioned into a trusted place where companies can turn to for help when imported goods did not meet specifications or quality standards upon arrival in the United States.
Quality Corrections & Inspections, headquartered in Duncansville, works with companies and goods from around the world. They regularly do business with overseas manufacturers from many companies.
“Some of the goods we have processed over the years arrived from locations like China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Jordan and many more,” acknowledged Mark Shaw, Global Operations Manager.
Supply chain professionals rely on QCI
The company was the by-product of founder Ronald Burk’s industry expertise and relationships in the footwear sector combined with the entrepreneurial spirit of Burk’s son Randy.
“We’ve had the privilege to serve as the creative problem solvers for a variety of talented professionals in importing, retail, product sourcing, logistics and overseas manufacturing,” Randy pointed out. “For anyone who imports, it’s not a question of if they are going to have a problem, it is when. We are uniquely positioned to step in with the talent, services and capacity to help many businesses minimize unfortunate supply chain disruptions.
QCI expansion provides east coast and west coast product rework services
”In 2003, Quality Corrections & Inspections expanded by opening a second facility in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nevada to better service retailers and distribution centers dispersed across the U.S. and Canada. Combining full-time and part-time staff, each facility employs about fifty. Changes in the business landscape may create the need for further growth.
“Many of the product reworks we perform are from imported goods,” Shaw disclosed. “The volume of goods imported from overseas has increased dramatically since 1986. Today, in the clothing and footwear categories alone, approximately 98% brought in the United States are imported. Categories such as accessories and consumer goods have very high import volumes as well. Fortunately, we have been well-positioned to serve importers for many years.”
Like most businesses, Quality Corrections & Inspections was impacted by Covid-19.
“The onset of the pandemic certainly impacted our business as many key customers were subjected to retail closures across the country,” explained Paige Shaw who handles Business Development. “Our Duncansville location was subject to closure for a short time as well during this time. However, both of our production facilities quickly pivoted. Utilizing our expertise in product rework we were able to find some new contract manufacturing and assembly opportunities making a variety of components with personal protection and safety equipment manufacturers.
”After 35 successful years, Quality Corrections & Inspections is poised to consider new opportunities and new markets.
“We hope to continue finding and identifying new customers and products that can benefit from our services,” Randy noted. “While we continue to have an international reach, we believe there are many untapped opportunities to do more business locally and throughout the state of Pennsylvania as new distribution centers, e-commerce and manufacturing hubs open.”
QCI has been a member of the Blair County Chamber since 2000.
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