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F&L Industrial Solutions ISO 9001:2015 Certified

F&L Industrial Solution’s Quality Management System has been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification after an aggressive implementation program which started in September of 2017. “From a customer perspective, F&L Industrial Solutions understands that we operate in a very competitive arena with companies much larger than we are. And these companies increasingly demand world class quality management systems,” stated Mike Fanolla, President of F&L.

ISO and F&L Logos side by side
F&L Industrial Solution’s Quality Management System now ISO 9001:2015 Certified

“The ISO 9001:2015 certification is an endorsement of F&L’s commitment to continuous improvement, as it requires a highly customer-focused approach to our business. Achieving the certification was an investment for the future of the company, because it essentially formalized the processes and standards we already had in place.”

“The implementation of such an important project is always challenging, but it was absolutely essential for us to achieve in order to build a foundation for future growth.” comments Fanolla. “Not only does certification provide a rigid mechanism to improve quality consistently over time, but it offers us a competitive advantage versus most other 80/20 aluminum t-slot distributors and custom manufacturers in our target markets.”

Each of the company’s departments received ISO 9001 training, and on-going training is planned for the foreseeable future.  

“In this way, quality training has now become an interactive part of everyone’s routine,” Fanolla says. “And we are already seeing benefits of high employee awareness of our quality goals and processes.”

F&L Industrial Solutions, Inc. is a Tier 1 Distributor for 80/20 brand...

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Aluminum T-Slot Aquarium Stands Growing in Popularity

Aquarium stands can be made from a wide variety of materials including wood, steel, aluminum and plastics, but aluminum seems to be gaining ground in the medium to large tank size market. Our company builds industrial aluminum framing using “aluminum t-slot extrusions”.

T-Slot Aluminum Aquarium Stand made by F&L Industrial Solutions using 80/20 brand t-slot aluminum extrusions
Typical Aluminum T-Slot Aquarium Frame with Aluminum Top

The inquiries we receive about aquarium stands has significantly increased over the last 5 years. From my experience, there are clear reasons why aluminum extrusions are gaining traction in this and other markets.

Reality TV Effect

First of all, the overall effect of TV shows and internet videos about exotic aquariums has increased the market size. Interest in both freshwater and saltwater aquariums in the United States over the last 5 years has soared. Once regarded as mostly for hobbyists, fish tanks are more and more considered interactive art and an integral part of home décor these days.

Bigger Tanks = Bigger Stands

Increasing demand for larger tanks and salt water tanks has had a direct effect on demand for higher-quality aquarium stands, and this is where the story for aluminum aquarium stands actually begins.

Large Commercial Aquarium photo with people looking at fish swimming by from blog post by F&L Industrial Solutions about Aquarium Stands
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Founder of 80/20, Inc., Don Wood, Has Died

80/20 T-Slot Extrusion Brand Founder Don Wood

Don Wood, the founder of the 80/20 brand of aluminum t-slot extrusions and the company 80/20 Inc. died yesterday at the age of 87. Patrick Buesching, CEO of 80/20 Inc., made the announcement this morning.

Don was a respected businessman and very proud of starting the company back in 1989. The company is located on a 300,000 square foot campus in Columbia City, Indiana with over 350 employees. Over the last 30 years, the 80/20 line of aluminum t-slot extrusion products has grown from less than 100 to over 8,000 compatible parts. The brand is often referred to as “an erector set for engineers”. 80/20 t-slot extrusions are considered one of the leaders in the North American aluminum t-slot industrial framing market.

The company was named after Pareto’s Law – a famous theory that 80% of results come from 20% of your efforts written by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto (1843 – 1923).

Don often preached about attitude. “The 80/20 attitude is the cornerstone of our company. It is a reflection of our service to you, our customers, our decades of industry experience, and our willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. There are a lot of things going on in this world that we cannot control. We cannot control gas prices, the decisions our government leaders make, or the weather – but we are in...

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