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Stratosphere Quality Named To Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies List

Fishers, IN, August 13, 2015 – Stratosphere Quality CEO Tom Gray announced today Stratosphere Quality has been named to the 2015 Inc. 5000 list for the third consecutive year. The Inc. 5000 list is a reputable annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

“I want to thank all of our valued clients, our incredible and dedicated team, and all of our partners. This ranking is an indicator of the people we have surrounded ourselves with and the passion we share to provide solutions our clients and team believe in and trust. Our innovative approach allows us to provide the highest quality services to over 2,500 manufacturers across the globe,” Gray said. “We continue to grow and lead our industry in new advancements, geographic reach, response times, and operational excellence.”

As the leading provider of quality assurance and quality control solutions to manufacturers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China, Stratosphere Quality grew revenue 134% between 2011 and 2014, and has added over 729 jobs during that three-year period. This outstanding performance earned Stratosphere Quality their third year rankings—and continues to compound through precise management and focus on expansion.

About Stratosphere Quality

Stratosphere Quality, founded in 2009,  is the largest global provider of quality assurance and outsourcing solutions, including sorting and inspection services, to manufacturers of parts and components in the automotive, medical device, electronics, military, home appliance and recreational vehicle industries.  Stratosphere Quality helps suppliers and OEMs identify the root cause of quality problems, minimize defects, improve quality, increase efficiency and reduce costs associated with quality issues. Headquartered just northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana, Stratosphere Quality has a geographic reach of 20 US states, Canada, Mexico and China.

 About Inc. 5000

Inc. is the only major business magazine, dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 — including how the companies were chosen, company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria — can be found at


Type 1 Diabetes and Stratosphere Quality

Stratosphere Quality has continued to partner with JDRF Indiana to work towards finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D.

Stratosphere Quality volunteers, sponsors and donates to JDRF.  We sponsor and participate in their annual Gala as well as provide a team for the Walk to Cure Diabetes.  Internally, every day is Jeans Day for JDRF!  Any employee can donate a dollar to JDRF and wear jeans!  We are on a mission to find a cure, and are proud to be a part of such amazing work. To learn more about JDRF Indiana, visit their website.

Stratosphere Quality Now Offers Paperless Invoicing

Stratosphere Quality is excited to announce that we are now offering paperless invoicing for our customers. Not only are we positively impacting the environment, but this also provides you an easy way to access your invoices directly. Going paperless means we can continue to maintain our commitment to cost containment and technology integration to best support our internal operations and our clients. When clients access SOLAR, they will be presented with the option to sign up for paperless invoicing. Just fill out the information and we will get you setup! It’s a simple and responsible way to do business.

3 Easy Ways to Start a Project With Us!

Stratosphere Quality is proud to offer another solution to our clients wanting to start a project with us.  We now have an online form located on our website that initiates the process of working together on a new project.  We continue to gain valuable feedback from our clients on ways that we can streamline our processes to make it easier for our clients.  If a client prefers to work with our customer service team to start a project, they can call 877-224-8584.  We also offer Live Chat on our website during business hours, which allows our clients to engage us with questions or project initiation.

We are here to serve you when you need us and the way you need us.

Fast Track Quality Newsletter

Stratosphere Quality sends quarterly newsletters about the things that matter in your industry.

Stratosphere Quality is excited to announce our new industry-based, quarterly newsletters that will offer insights, education and resources to benefit you and your team. In our Automotive and Medical Newsletters you will find:

  • Tips and valuable information from leaders in our industry
  • Trends in manufacturing, product development and quality assurance and control
  • Events and other industry happenings
  • Helpful resources and solutions to quality challenges
  • A platform for asking questions and getting answers!

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We Rolled Out a New Model!

Every great product continues to require updating and innovation in order to provide a better experience for the end user. Manufacturers work tirelessly to keep their products fresh and attractive for potential and existing customers. We have done the same with our new and improved website! With our website, you can easily access our geographic locations, contact names and information, warehouse availability, project start forms, ISO Certifications, process maps and other tools and information to assist you in getting to know us and work with us.

Take a look around and give it a test drive. We welcome your feedback, and hope you enjoy this new refresh! We continue to strive to build better experiences for our employees, clients and partners.

Stratosphere Quality launches Mexico Operations

Recently Stratosphere Quality launched our Mexico operations in Saltillo, Mexico. This operation supports a major OEM with four local plants. The first phase of our work in Mexico supported yard hold activity. The second phase included launching our total quality partner program with a local OEM. This included 80 people working in four different plants – two assembly plants and two engine plants.

This expansion was supported by experienced launch personnel throughout our company. Many traveled to Mexico to ensure consistent processes and best practices were in place.

This is a great opportunity for our company and our local team in Mexico. We look forward to future expansion.

Olga Chaikouskaya Promoted to CFO at Stratosphere Quality

olgaOlga Chaikouskaya has over 19 years of overall financial experience in diverse industries, including manufacturing, retail, public and nonprofit organizations. In her most recent role, Olga was Controller at Stratosphere Quality since its inception in 2009. Olga will be responsible for managing all financial aspects of the company, including providing direction to ensure that proper operational controls, reporting procedures, people and systems are in place to mandate financial strength and maximize operating efficiency.

Olga earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Belarus State Economic University, and holds a Certified Public Accountant License.

The End of the Year Scorecard

Looking back at your strategy regarding quality improvement for the year, how did you perform? As a guide, we have provided some questions for observing your end-of-year scorecard. Based on your results, how can you continue to enhance what is working, eliminate waste and yield an even stronger result?

  1. Financial – What is the end result we have provided our stakeholders?
    • Scrap Reduction
    • Rework Reduced
  2. How did we provide value to our customer?
    • PPM Reduced
    • # of Claims Reduced
  3. Where have we excelled, and where should we improve?
    • % of COPQ shifted towards prevention costs
    • Program Launch Errors Reduced
  4. How will we learn and improve?
    • RPN Reduction
    • Kaizen Event Hours

Need help? Our technical services team is available, call 877-224-8584.

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Stratosphere Quality Walks to Cure Diabetes

130The Central Indiana, Indianapolis Walk to Cure Diabetes was held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Military Park. Stratosphere Quality was proud to have a team walking to raise money and awareness for those living with type 1 diabetes. Walk To Cure Diabetes is the fastest growing fund raising event in the history of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year, nearly $86 million was raised through the Walk To Cure Diabetes to fund diabetes research. This year, the Walk To Cure Diabetes is expected to surpass $90 million.

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.7 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

Stratosphere Quality has continued to support JDRF’s efforts in finding a cure to turn Type One into Type None. Won’t you join us? For more information about JDRF please visit