Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke last week announced the recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a prestigious list that included two manufacturers. The award represents the highest presidential honor for excellence in innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.
Today we honor the country’s most innovative organizations and the people who make them great. This year’s recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award embody the ingenuity and creativity that characterizes the American spirit and drives America forward. Innovation is at the heart of U.S. job creation, competitiveness and global strength, and the accomplishments of these outstanding leaders are an inspiration to us all.
This award is unique in that it honors the collective effort of an entire organization that has systematically strived to achieve excellence in all aspects of its work. Today’s honorees demonstrate how teamwork and a shared vision can lead not only to organizational success but also to nationwide advancements in innovation and economic competitiveness.
MEDRAD had previously won the award in 2003. In the company’s news release, MEDRAD President and CEO Sam Liang said, “I could not be more proud of our employees. They have continued to deliver for our customers in spite of a tough economy, and are committed to continuously improving what we do, and how we do it. This award belongs to them.”
In Nestlé Purina’s news release, Pat McGinnis, CEO for the company in the United States, said, “The passion that Nestlé Purina employees and associates extend to enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them is directly responsible for our designation as one of the country’s leading and most innovative businesses.”
The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award is administered by National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST’s site has more on MEDRAD’s achievements here, and on Nestle Purina PetCare here. The other award recipients and their categories:
- Freese and Nichols Inc., Fort Worth, Texas (small business)
- K&N Management, Austin, Texas (small business)
- Studer Group, Gulf Breeze, Fla. (small business)
- Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, Ill. (health care)
- Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md. (education)
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