The American Society for Quality (ASQ) was founded in February 1946. The founders of the Toledo Section recognized the need for and envisioned a proactive organization to advance quality in the Toledo area forming the Toledo Section during July 1949.
From the beginning, the Toledo Section has held conferences, educational sessions, dinner meetings and plant tours for its members. Basic quality courses were offered to non-members, as well as refresher courses, scholarships, and member recognitions for certification were promoted to the membership. Speakers at these events have included W. Edwards Deming, Frank Gryna, Phil Crosby, Dorian Shainin, John Allen, and Shin Taguchi.
Section activities have enjoyed media coverage including the Toledo mayor proclaiming Quality Control Week at a news conference which was covered by local TV stations and papers.
An editorial from the August 1965 newsletter stated "psychological motivation of workers to attain pride and perfection in their work strikes at the very heart and source of defects, and is one of the most useful and underexploited tools of quality control". This editorial sparked Management Night. Management featured local business and industry management leaders speaking about how important worker involvement and management commitment is to making quality products and services.
During the 1980's, an increase in membership and demand from local industry prompted the Section to work with Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Owens Community College (OCC), and Monroe County Community College (MCCC) to offer quality courses, certificates, and programs.
The Toledo Section spun off the Fostoria and Top-of-Ohio Bryan Sections in 1992. A student section was created at BGSU in 1996 and continues to flourish today. The 50th anniversary of ASQ was celebrated with a special week-long Midwest Quality Conference. Various social events have included; Christmas parties, Put-in-Bay cruises, the Harvest Ball, Sweetheart Night (valentines), and steak roasts.
The Toledo Section has recognized deserving leaders with the Toulouse Award since 1960. The award named for early Toledo section member Julian Toulouse honours a local Section leader based upon ASQ service activity, professional attainment, and community involvement.
Today, quality is recognized not only in traditional automotive manufacturing, but also in healthcare, medical device, food processing, service, pharmaceuticals, government, and education organizations. As our membership base grows more diverse, this section seeks to fulfil the needs by offering cost effective training and activities for our members. Please consider making history by volunteering your time to serve with your fellow quality practitioners to improve lives, jobs, and community from membership in ASQ.