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Shooting Industry February 2010 - Page 11
Industry news MidwayUSA Honored With National Award M idwayUSA has received the 2009 Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for innovation and performance excellence. The catalog and Internet retailer was one of five companies to be honored by President Barack Obama and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke when the awards were announced in December. “The road to greatness in America has been, and always will be, traveled by those who embrace change and work hard every day to be the best. The organizations we honor today with the Baldrige National Quality Award exemplify that spirit,” President Obama said. “This year’s recipients have shown how quality, innovation and an unending quest for excellence help strengthen our nation and brighten the future of all Americans.” The 2009 Baldrige Award recipients were selected from a field of 70 applicants. An independent board SI DIGITAL Hot Link evaluated the applicants for leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. MidwayUSA was the only company to receive the award in the small business category. “What a thrill it is to receive this recognition from the National Institute of Standards and Quality,” said Larry Potterfield, founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Basic training in the Air Force, back in 1971, was my formal introduction to the importance of establishing standards and processes, and MidwayUSA has always focused on improving the way we serve our customers. The Baldrige National Quality Award helps acknowledge we’re on the right track for serving our customers.” For more information about MidwayUSA and the award, visit www. midwayusa.com/baldrige. www.shootingindustry.com FEBRUARY 2010 11