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Global Metal Finishing

requirement for aviation, space and defense organizations akin to ISO 9001.
The certification opened up Global Metal Finishing to a much wider range of
customers around the world, not only in
aerospace but also defense, medical, robotics and automotive. "[Components]
might be coming off our line one day, the
next day they are shipping to Europe or
Japan," Franco says.
That growth has occurred despite
the initial resistance Franco faced as a
woman in a male-dominated industry.
"In the beginning, I thought it hurt me,"
Franco says of being a woman-owned
business. "But now that I'm growing and
have made a good name for the company it doesn't. The men and women that
work for me know that I'm a great leader
and they don't mind following a strong

woman. If I say it's going to get done,
they're going to make it happen."
The challenge of working in a
male-dominated industry has not completely gone away, but it has become
easier as Global Metal Finishing has
proven itself. "Any business owner still
has challenges," Franco says. "But if you
have vision, and you have drive and you
don't mind making a sacrifice there's really nothing that's stopping you."

Chasing Nadcap
Having received AS9100 certification,
the company has now set its sights on
the next level: the National Aerospace
and Defense Contractors Accreditation
Program (Nadcap), an industry-managed accreditation for the aerospace and
defense industries.

South

"Unlike some of the machine shops
and metal finishers that don't want to do
Nadcap, I think it does set us apart and I
think it's worth the investment," Franco
says. "You have to cut out the waste and
you have to make sure you are streamlining things properly. You have to make
sure you are delivering the quality customers want."
Nadcap accreditation will require
Global Metal Finishing to expand its
workforce and invest in software to better manage its processes. For Franco, it's
a milestone that will mark her success
after 30 years as a metal finisher. "I still
have a long way to go," she says. "Once
we get Nadcap certified and we are
looked at as a major player on the East
Coast, that's when I will feel like I've
made an impact on this industry." mt

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