Located in Keyser, Criterion has been repairing residential and commercial outdoor furniture since 1980. Criterion provides a variety of services including sandblasting, powder coating, acrylic enamel wet painting, antiquing, frame repair, welding, strap replacement, cushion and sling fabrication and installation. Currently, they can successfully repair and restore wrought iron, cast iron, extruded aluminum, cast aluminum and stainless steel. WVMEP has worked with Criterion on various projects throughout the years and continues to assist as they experience additional growth.
"I have been in business for more than 30 years in a niche service capacity to the outdoor casual furniture industry. Our services include sandblasting and powdercoating operations, which enable us to provide to customers outside our niche base. Over the years Jerry Biser, representing WVMEP, has sought out ways to be of assistance to the growth and management of our company.
"A couple of years ago Gerry Biser and his knowledgeable team provided Criterion with a major advantage over our competition. Value Stream Mapping Solutions identified areas of loss within our operation enabling us to be more efficient. We also implemented a safety program and instilled new practices based upon the guidance offered by WVMEP to insure a safer, healthier work environment for our employees.
"Most recently, WVMEP has undertaken a major job assessment project observing our day-to-day operations to detail job descriptions and provide recommendations for lean manufacturing advancement. Criterion is blessed to have taken part in multiple project opportunities over the years with WVMEP and we look forward to future endeavors to better our company and community."