Relume Earns ISO 9001:2008 certification for fourth consecutive year: Oxford-based Relume Technologies, a manufacturer of light-emitting diode products and smart-grid control systems for outdoor lighting applications, announced that it was found to be compliant in its ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit. ISO 9001:2008 is part of the family of standards published by the International Organization for Standardization, an international body that sets global quality systems requirements for an organization’s quality management system. Third party reviewers conduct assessments to verify a company’s conformity to ISO 9001:2008 and then issues certificates describing the scope of a company’s QMS and its conformity to ISO 9001:2008. Relume first received its ISO 9001:2008 certification in October 2009 and has remained compliant for the last two years. The company’s newest ISO 9001:2008 certification will expire October 2015. Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions to a wide range of industries worldwide, has conducted Relume’s third-party audits. ISO 9001:2008 requirements cover a wide range of topics, including commitment to quality, customer focus, adequacy of resources, employee competence and staff training, sales process management, quality planning, product design, review of incoming orders, calibration of measuring equipment, customer satisfaction, corrective/preventive actions, and ongoing efforts to improving QMS. Relume’s technology is used in municipal lighting, commercial signage, outdoor advertising, transportation, and U.S. military applications. Relume is a founding member of the Michigan Solid State Lighting Association, and supports the organization’s mission of ensuring that Michigan is a global leader in solid-state lighting, research and development, and manufacturing. Relume was recently recognized as one of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch by the Edward Lowe Foundation. For more information, visit

Pure Michigan Recognized with Five Mercury Awards: The U.S. Travel Association and the National Council of State Tourism Directors this week honored Pure Michigan with five Mercury Awards.  Pure Michigan was recognized as having the best state tourism television advertising, best state radio advertising, top social media presence, best partnership advertising program and top public relations effort, won jointly with the state of Wisconsin for the “Who is the Real Mitten State?” initiative. The Pure Michigan brand was created by the Birmingham office of McCann Erickson. With Pure Michigan on the rise, the number of partners and stakeholders throughout the state has grown. Pure Michigan Business Connect, launched in 2011, has expanded into an $8 billion, multi-year initiative to help Michigan companies grow. Last week the new standard license plate for the state was unveiled featuring the Pure Michigan brand and the Web site. New partnerships in the past year have included the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, Hudsonville Ice Cream, Kroger, the Detroit Tigers and Coca Cola. Pure Michigan will also be the title sponsor of the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway through 2014. Pure Michigan has also continued to expand its social media presence with more than 400,000 fans on Facebook and a growing fan base on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.  The Pure Michigan e-newsletter also surpassed a half a million subscribers earlier this month. The Pure Michigan television and radio ads can be seen and heard on the Pure Michigan You Tube channel.  Featured television ads included 14 Clubs and a Simple Sunrise. Featured radio ads included Gone Fishin’ and First Tee. Since its launch in 2006, the Pure Michigan campaign has been recognized with a total of 15 Mercury Awards, including Best State Tourism Radio Advertising (2008/2009/2010/2011) Best State Tourism Television Advertising (2010/2007), Best State Tourism Welcome Center Program (2010), Best State Tourism Co-op (Partnership) program (2010), Best State Tourism Niche Marketing (2009), and Best State Tourism  Campaign (2007). Last year, Pure Michigan’s advertising campaign brought a record 3.2 million out-of-state visitors to Michigan, according to a study by Longwoods International. These visitors spent $1 billion at Michigan businesses, paying $70 million in taxes. The Mercury Awards is a program created by the NCSTD to recognize its members for excellence and creative accomplishment in state tourism marketing and promotion, and to inspire the continued development of destination marketing and promotion programs.

Ten Kettering Alumni Get Awards

FLINT — The Kettering University Alumni Association will honor 10 alumni for professional excellence and civic engagement during ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Flint.   Kettering University President Robert McMahan and Alumni Association President Frank Krohn will officiate during the presentations.  To see photos and biographies on the award recipients, visit

The 2012 Kettering University Alumni Awards recipients are:

Distinguished Alumna: Diana Tremblay ’82, vice president of North American Manufacturing at General Motors in Warren, will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award recognizing specific and exceptional career achievement, traditionally given to people at the highest level in the corporate structure.

Outstanding Achievement: Kathryn Biberstein ’82, of Freeport, Maine, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, and chief compliance officer for Alkermes plc, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing specific, exceptional career achievement.

Civic Achievement: Roland (Ron) Chavey ’52, of Gaylord, senior production engineer (retired) for Fisher Guide, will receive the Civic Achievement Award recognizing significant and unselfish contributions of time and effort that benefit the community.

Entrepreneurial Achievement: Valerie J. Lewis Coleman ’87, of Dayton, Ohio, founder and owner of Pen of the Writer, LLC, will receive the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.

Entrepreneurial Achievement: William J. Wildern IV ’92 and ’93, of Farmington Hills, founder and CEO of Farmington Hills-based Hydra Professionals LLC and ReapSo LLC, will receive the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution in organizing, managing and assuming the risk of business or enterprise.

Engineering Achievement: Robert W. Roth ’85, of Grand Rapids, president and CEO of RoMan Manufacturing Inc., will receive the Engineering Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field in engineering.

Management Achievement: Raj Nair ’87, of Saline Mich., Ford Motor Co.’s group vice president, Global Product Development, will receive the Management Achievement Award recognizing a specific contribution with a positive and lasting effect in the field of management.

Human Relations: Russell J. Ebeid ’63, of Bloomfield Hills, former president of the Glass Group and chairman of the Board of Guardian Industries Corp., will receive the Human Relations Awards recognizing a graduate who has rendered significant contributions inspiring unity at Kettering University.

Alumni Service: Gerald (Jerry) T. Meier ‘61, of Bonita Springs, Fla., retired manufacturing director for Delphi, will receive the Alumni Service Award recognizing outstanding volunteer service to Kettering University.

Young Alumnus: Joe Gallagher ’07 of Atlanta, Ga., will receive the Young Alumnus Award recognizing a graduate (of the previous 10 years) who has rendered significant contributions, exhibited outstanding character, or has achieved marked success in such areas as Alumni Service, Civic Achievement, Engineering Achievement, Entrepreneurial Achievement, Human Relations, Management Achievement or Outstanding Achievement.


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