As the worldwide standard, developed to create one quality management system, the TS 16949 certification specifies system requirements for manufacturers in the international automotive industry. Today the certification is a key parameter in the vendor selection process, takes more than a year to complete and must be audited by a third party auditor to show compliance. The scope of the certification was on the design and manufacture of automotive towing systems and accessories as well as automotive bumpers. Requirements included continual quality process improvement, customer satisfaction measurements and reduction of overall costs. Valley has previously achieved ISO 9001:2000 and TL 9000 certification standards. The company employs more than 300 teammates and operates four distribution centers in North America. For more information, visit Valley online.