UL DQS Signs Agreement for GQEX and QSU Services

Wed Jul 16, 2008 10:10am EDT

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(Business Wire)--
Apogee Global Resources, Inc. (AGR) has signed an agreement to
market and promote ISO 9001 and other management system certificates
awarded by UL DQS, Inc. and to provide UL DQS Inc. clients with a
cobranded electronic subscription to leading industry publication
Quality Systems Update (QSU).

   The agreement provides an opportunity for UL DQS clients to be
listed on Apogee's Global Quality Exchange (GQEX) for management
system certificates, product certification and auditors. The GQEX
certification ticker appears, or will soon be posted, on popular web
sites operated by QSU Publishing, a division of Apogee, as well as the
websites of partner organizations, including the ANSI-ASQ National
Accreditation Board (ANAB) in the United States and the Latin American
organization for quality, Instituto Latinoamericano de la Calidad A.C.

   "Many certification bodies talk about adding value to their
management system certification program, but UL DQS is the first Big
Ten Registrar to play an active role in promoting the certification
investments of its clients," says Ganesh Rao, who heads UL DQS. "At
the same time we're also providing our clients with one of industry's
best resources to stay abreast of important developments with respect
to management systems."

   Located at www.GQEX.net, the GQEX ticker incorporates a
traditional stock ticker format. Rather than reporting on stock
activity, GQEX provides a worldwide marketing presence to certified
organizations. The service was built upon the recently upgraded
worldwide database of QSU Publishing, the largest global listing of
certified suppliers anywhere in the world.

   In recent weeks, GQEX has announced agreements with the South
Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) program, INLAC
and ANAB -- the recognized US body that accredits certification bodies
to audit and certify the management systems of client organizations.

   "Most certification bodies market their own services, but UL DQS
has taken a leadership position in promoting its clients," explains
Ronald D. Mathis, president and chief executive officer of Apogee
Global Resources Inc. "In a difficult economy, UL DQS has demonstrated
the kind of out-of-the box thinking that clients need to stay

   Quality Systems Update (QSU), recently acquired by Apogee, is
widely regarded as the definitive journal for management systems
information, having broken every major development involving the ISO
9000 standards on quality management systems over the past 15 years.

   Apogee Global Resources, Inc.

   Headquartered in the Jacksonville, Florida metropolitan area,
Apogee Global Resources, Inc. helps companies pursuing A Global
Quality Initiative(TM) deliver their products or services to
international standards, while maintaining optimal profitability and
efficiency. Founded in 2002, the firm primarily serves Fortune 500
companies as well as large privately held enterprises. For more
information about Apogee Global Resources, Inc., please visit


   UL DQS was recently formed by a merger of the management systems
certification business of Underwriters Laboratories and DQS GmbH. This
merger will meet the growing market demand to offer a full suite of
services to customers who are expanding globally. It will also enable
UL to provide a broader scope of management system registration
services to better serve its valued customers. UL's worldwide family
of companies and network of service providers includes 62 laboratory,
testing and certification facilities serving customers with business
operations on six continents.

   DQS, a German Registrar for Management Systems, was founded in
1985 by the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) and the German
Society for Quality (DGQ) as the first German registrar for management
systems. With offices in more than 30 countries, DQS performs
assessments to more than 70 recognized standards and technical or
industry-specific specifications, as well as intra-company

Apogee Global Resources, Inc.
Zach Guthrie, 904-624-0280

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