NNSA Congratulates Kansas City Plant Management Team for Receiving Top Presidential Award

Press Release
Dec 8, 2009
Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award is Nation's Highest Honor for Performance Excellence

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated the Kansas City Plant's (KCP) management and operations contractor Honeywell FM&T for receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, America's highest honor for innovation and performance excellence. Honeywell received the Baldrige Award in the manufacturing category for its management and operation of NNSA's Kansas City Plant, which is the principal nonnuclear production site within the nuclear security enterprise.

"We are very proud of the work done at the Kansas City Plant with our Honeywell FM&T partners," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "This award symbolizes our enterprise-wide commitment to operational efficiency and excellence, none of which would be possible without the hard work of our employees."

The Baldrige Award, named after the 26th Secretary of Commerce, is given by the President of the United States to organizations that apply and are judged to be outstanding in seven areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.

Each applicant goes through a rigorous review, during which examiners conduct an on-site visit of finalists to clarify questions and verify information. The award is potentially given in the areas of manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and nonprofits.

Honeywell FM&T manages and operates National Nuclear Security Administration facilities in Kansas City, Missouri and Albuquerque, New Mexico under contract for the Department of Energy. 

The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) manages the Baldrige National Quality Program in close cooperation with the private sector.

The 2009 Baldrige Award recipients are expected to be presented with their awards in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., early next year.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/ for more information.

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