Crystal Group Congratulates Iowa Quality Center’s Student TEAM Award Winner, Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School

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Contact: Leslie George

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319.200.2040
Email:
leslie.george@crystalrugged.com

HIAWATHA, IOWA USA, December 9, 2016 – Crystal Group Inc., a leader in rugged computer hardware, specializing in design and manufacture of custom and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged servers, embedded computing, networking, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments, today congratulated the student team from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for winning the 2016 Iowa Quality Center Student TEAM competition.

The team from Jefferson High School (JHS) was one of six sponsored student groups who worked with local Iowa companies and organizations to assess quality processes. Sponsors of the event included Crystal Group, Monsanto, Clipper Windpower, Solid Waste Agency, Four Oaks, and Grant Wood Area Education Agency. The JHS team consisting of Dakota Maas, Bianca Calderon, Titan Zahradnik, Malik Gatewood and Jack Mossbarger, won first place and received $1,000 for meeting and exceeding performance requirements to demonstrate excellence in learning and practical application gained from training. The money is dedicated for use by the student body to advance their learning and build a problem-solving environment within their school.

“Congratulations to Jefferson High School on this outstanding achievement,” said Crystal Group President Scott Kongable. “As a manufacturing facility, we look to continuously improve our risk management performance and overall operational excellence. By providing an educational experience in improving quality, we hope to inspire these talented students to pursue active careers in the industry. All of us at Crystal Group were quite impressed by the talent and professionalism of these five outstanding students.”

 The JHS team assessed Crystal Group’s supply chain risk management program and offered suggestions to improve the process. Iowa Quality Center’s Executive Director, Gary Nesteby said, “the teams follow a cycle of improvement criteria as well as a 9-step process to assess company procedures. Students learn to work in teams, use quality tools and apply logic to their work.”

 

About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc., a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializes in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. An employee-owned small business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides the defense, government and industrial markets with in-house customization, engineering, integration, configuration management, product lifecycle planning, warranty, and support services.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards (MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901); are backed by warranty (5+ year) with in-house support; and are manufactured in the company’s Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, facility certified to AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards.

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