President Clinton Announces Winners of 2000 Baldrige Award (11/21/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 21, 2000


     The President today announced the winners of the 2000 Malcolm Baldrige
National Quality Award. Four organizations -- Dana Corporation-Spicer
Driveshaft Division, Toledo, Ohio (manufacturing); KARLEE Company, Inc.,
Garland, Texas (manufacturing); Operations Management International, Inc.,
Greenwood Village, Colo. (service); and Los Alamos National Bank, Los
Alamos, N.M. (small business) -- are being honored for their achievements
in performance excellence.

     ?The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes organizations
that play a major role in energizing our Nation?s economy, competitiveness
and quality of life. With their dedication to excellence, these Baldrige
Award recipients remind us that just keeping pace is not enough. These
award winners can serve as role models for any organization that wants to
keep growing and moving forward,? the President said.

     ?Although no Baldrige Award recipients were named in the new education
and health care categories, I am delighted that the same focus on
efficiency, empowerment and excellence that brought us corporate recipients
is now helping to strengthen our education and health care systems,? the
President said.

     The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was established by
Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. businesses by
promoting quality awareness, recognizing the quality and performance
achievements of U.S. organizations, and publicizing successful performance
strategies. The program is managed by the National Institute of Standards
and Technology, an agency of the Commerce Department?s Technology
Administration, in conjunction with the private sector. Screening of
applications for the Baldrige Award is conducted by a mostly private-sector
board of experts.


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