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ASQ Celebrates 65 Years

The world’s largest network of quality resources and experts celebrates 65 years of providing the insights, ideas, and tools to advance the global quality community.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- ASQ, the world’s largest network of quality resources and experts, celebrates 65 years of providing the insights, ideas, and tools to advance the global quality community. Using the recently unveiled new tagline The Global Voice of Quality™, ASQ is amplifying quality through the commitment of millions of its diverse quality experts around the world. To date, ASQ has 93 networks and 25 topic- and industry-specific divisions and forums to join the people who make our world work better.

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., ASQ has established itself as a champion of quality in manufacturing, education, healthcare, the service sector and government, since it was formed in 1946. It has also expanded to more than 150 countries and has an overall membership of more than 80,000 individual members.

 “Our members vision that quality become everyone’s job has professed steadily since the mid ‘80’s.” says Paul Borawski, ASQ CEO.  “The Quality community is large, diverse, and inclusive -- with room and opportunity for Quality professionals and everyone with a passion for improvement.  Our members work in every field and sector of the economy and live in communities in over 140 countries. As ASQ celebrates its latest milestone, I am confident our members will take quality, the quality community and an vital profession to new heights and will continue to make the world a better place in which to live.”

ASQ traces its beginnings to the end of World War II, as quality experts and manufacturers sought ways to sustain the many quality-improvement techniques used during wartime. Formerly known as The American Society for Quality Control, it was formed by 253 members of 17 quality-related societies. George Edwards, then director of quality assurance at Bell Telephone Labs, was elected its first president.

An ASQ historical perspective of photos is available on ASQ’s Facebook page. In addition, throughout the year, ASQ’s member e-newsletter, ASQ Weekly, will feature member stories about ASQ’s history.

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