GIS Abbeville Fabrication Facility Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

The GIS fabrication facility in Abbeville, Louisiana completed ISO 9001:2008 certification on July 6, 2014. The Abbeville facility has 97 personnel and is led by Asset Manager, Lee Bordelon Jr. Abbeville is one of GIS’s six primary fabrication facilities in Alaska, Alabama and Louisiana.


The Executive Management Team at GIS, led by CEO Mark Pregeant Sr., decided to pursue ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013. A QA/QC Advisory Council and Quality Management Team was formed to develop and implement a comprehensive Quality Management System, including the Quality Manual, Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Forms. The committee and team consisted of Mark Pregeant Jr., Bryan Pregeant, John Conerly, Lee Bordelon Sr, Leonard Saunier, Elster “Big E” Dallman, James Craig, Tom Wright, Jennifer Schwertz and Todd Gauthreaux.

An internal audit was completed at the fabrication facility in Abbeville on March 26, 2014, by GIS auditors Andrew Bruzdzinski, Lenn Chiasson and Clyde Bass. A third-party certification body (American Bureau of Shipping) completed Stage 1 and Stage 2 external audits on June 27, 2014. The actual ISO 9001:2008 certificate for the facility was issued on July 6, 2014. ISO 9001:2008 certification insures that GIS’s Quality Management System meets the comprehensive framework of a world-class management system. Simply put, it means that we have documented procedures around what we do and we can prove that we follow our procedures, which gives our clients confidence in our ability to consistently perform work at the highest levels of quality.

GIS continues to refine and grow through strategic practices, continuous improvement of its Quality Management System and always “PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST”. Congratulations to the entire team of highly trained and skilled supervisors, craftsmen, and employees at GIS Abbeville for a job well done!

Grand Isle Shipyard Inc. was founded in 1948 by Clyde and Ouida Pregeant, initially as a response to the need for repair services of commercial fishing vessels. As the company grew into new markets and services, it was rebranded as GIS Oilfield Contractors. In 2011, GIS was acquired by NANA Development Corporation. GIS specializes in metal fabrication for onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities. GIS recently merged with NANA Construction, which provides fabrication support, personnel and services to companies in Alaska’s petroleum and mining industries.

For additional information about the GIS Quality Management System, please contact GIS Quality Manager Andrew Bruzdzinski.


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