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Commerce Deputy Secretary Blank Presents 2012 Baldrige Award to Four Organizations

April 8, 2013

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Contact: Michael E. Newman
301-975-3025

On April 8, 2013, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank presented four U.S. organizations with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award program.

The 2012 award recipients (and category) are:

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control winners
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control: Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Vice President of Production Operations Randy O'Neal, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control President James F. Berry, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Chair George Benson - Credit: Eddie Arrossi
MESA Products winners
MESA Products Inc.: Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, Mesa Vice President of Business Development John Cole, President and Chief Operating Officer Terry May, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Chair George Benson - Credit: Eddie Arrossi
North Mississippi Health Services winners
North Mississippi Health Services: Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, North Mississippi Health Services Chief Executive Officer and President John Heer, Chairman of the NMHS Board of Directors Bobby Martin, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Chair George Benson - Credit: Eddie Arrossi
City of Irving winners
City of Irving: Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, City of Irving Human Resources Director and Chief Performance Officer Lynda Johnson, City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, U.S. Commerce Department Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Chair George Benson - Credit: Eddie Arrossi

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses. Eligibility for the award was expanded in 1998 to include education and health care and in 2007 to include nonprofit organizations. The award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. Since 1988, 93 organizations have received Baldrige Awards.

The Baldrige program is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in conjunction with the private sector. For further information on the program and award recipients, go to http://www.nist.gov/baldrige.