Waterford manufacturing firm Kel-Tech Engineering was recently honoured with a Supplier Quality Excellence Award by Caterpillar Inc.
Based in the IDA Industrial Estate the company was founded by Waterford native Ray Breen in 1988 and today is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading manufacturing companies.
A large gathering of Waterford business leaders and local representatives heard the Deputy Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Pat Hayes congratulate Kel-Tech Engineering on its recent achievement and added that it is reassuring to hear about Waterford companies accomplishing so much and heartening to see “the chink of light at the end of the economic tunnel is getting wider and wider.”
Chief Executive of Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Michael Garland added “We have seen some good news stories and unfortunately some bad news stories in Waterford recently, but the success of Kel-Tech Engineering is down to the hard work of Ray and his team. Waterford is going in the right direction and with everyone working together we will, in the future, be hearing about more companies enjoying the same success as Kel-Tech.”
In the last 20 years Kel-Tech Engineering has grown steadily, however not dissimilar to any industry or service, 2009 saw a tough operating climate and Kel-Tech, like most companies, had to adjust accordingly. However, the last few months have seen the company increase its database of clients and this growth and progress have been recognised by Caterpillar in awarding Kel-Tech with the Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification – only the second recipient of this award in Ireland.
Ray Breen, Managing Director commented “We are extremely proud of our achievements here at Kel-Tech. This award acknowledges our strong values and ethical principles in conducting business and commitment to implementing a culture of “zero defects” in our operations.
It also recognises Kel-Tech’s achievements in the role of outstanding supplier to Caterpillar and only serves to underpin the fact that Kel-tech Engineering is committed to delivering the highest level of quality to our customers and distributors.
It will also allow us to explore new markets within the vast Caterpillar network.”
Having grown from a manufacturing company employing just 4 staff in 1988 to becoming a renowned and respected manufacturing company, employing over 50 employees and continuing to grow in 2010, Kel-Tech is the epitome of a local Waterford company that is succeeding on a national and international platform.