UTEP, Reyes Celebrate Success of Nonprofit
DANIEL PEREZ | August 23, 2011 | ANNOUNCEMENTS@UTEP
U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, and representatives from UTEP's Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) – Paso Del Norte honored Xceed Resources , a community rehabilitation center that employs people with disabilities, during a recent event at Xceed, 5310 El Paso Drive.
Reyes helped TMAC recognize Xceed, which was the first nonprofit of its kind in Texas to earn the ISO 9001-2008 quality management system certification from the International Organization of Standardization. TMAC instructors worked with Xceed staffers to help them achieve the ISO goal in November 2009. The certification assures customers and clients that Xceed will provide consistent and reliable products and services. The company, which for years was known as Border TM Industries, provides packaging, inspecting and reworking services to a range of commercial customers. Reyes was the special guest during the hour-long ceremony that began with the presentation of the commemorative metal plaque and a registered flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. He offered brief remarks that hailed the job done by Xceed and TMAC. During a tour of the Xceed shops, the congressman observed workers inspecting hair dryers and filling small clear bags with ladies' hair accessories. Before the ceremony, Xceed and TMAC officials shared a mutual admiration for their respective jobs. "We're very grateful to the TMAC team that walked us through the training," said Eddie Sanchez, Xceed executive director. TMAC representatives worked with 25 Xceed staff members who supervise the 80 employees with different disabilities. "They were dedicated and thorough. They were just excellent," Sanchez added. TMAC is funded by UTEP; the National Institute of Standards and Technology – Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a national program funded by Congress; and area industry partners. It provides technical assistance to improve competitiveness and productivity of area manufacturers. TMAC is hosted by the University's Research for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES). "We're very pleased to be part of MEP because it benefits the economy," said Hector Lopez, TMAC field engineer. "We're happy for Xceed because their certification will make them more competitive so they will prosper. They are a great partner."