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Effective Management System Implementation for Out of the Box Manufacturing

Company Profile

Out of the Box Manufacturing is an innovative leader in electronic assembly and printed circuit board assemblies. Based in Renton Washington, they are committed to an environment of innovation and collaboration with their partners achieving the highest level of quality.


Out of the Box Manufacturing is a family business which successfully competes with much larger organizations. One of the barriers to sales is that they did not hold a third party certification such as ISO 9001 or AS9100. Out of the Box Manufacturing brought in Impact Washington to help them achieve these certifications.


Impact Washington first worked with Out of the Box Manufacturing to implement a Management system such that they could achieve ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification. In doing this, a number of challenges needed to be solved. First, most companies say this, but in the case of Out of the Box Manufacturing, it is true. They have a very small number of managers for the sales volume they produce. This meant that the system implemented really needed to follow Lean Manufacturing Principles as much as possible. Even though the standards required the organization to add some processes, Impact Washington was able to help Out of the Box Manufacturing build a paperless system from the ground up that was right-sized for them. This helped Out of the Box eliminate more waste from their ISO 9001/AS9100 implementation than most other companies that choose to run a system that is not tailored to their needs.


Since 2014:

  • Total Sales 2014: $2.1m. 2015: $3.2m, $4.5m
  • Total Employees 2014: 17, 2015: 27, 2016: 34, YTD 2017: 37
  • Expanded skills for Management Team in 2014 and high performers in 2017

We have worked with Sarah Stuart and Impact Washington on several occasions now and have been very pleased with their service. Without the help of the folks at Impact, I doubt we would have been able to obtain the quality registrations we were looking for. The team is obviously knowledgeable in their specific topics and is eager to help in a hands on and practical way.

Allison Budvarson Owner / Out of the Box Manufacturing