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Vice President Biden Presents Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award to Operator of NNSA’s Kansas City Plant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated the Kansas City Plant's (KCP) management and operating contractor for receiving a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, America’s highest honor for innovation and performance excellence.

During a ceremony in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke presented Honeywell FM&T 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.

“NNSA is proud of the work done by the men and women at the Kansas City Plant with our Honeywell FM&T partners,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Receiving the Malcolm Baldrige Award is a tremendous honor, one that demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the highest operational standards across our enterprise. I congratulate our federal and contractor partners in Kansas City for a job well done.”

“The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a great honor for both Honeywell and the NNSA,” said Tony Brancato, President of Honeywell FM&T. “Our people represent a tradition of passion and precision that is unparalleled, and we take great pride in keeping our nation safe and secure.” 

Each year, companies and organizations striving for excellence pursue the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award as a measure of their effort to continuously improve their quality and productivity. Companies are examined in seven categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. Honeywell FM&T was the only manufacturing organization to receive the award this year.   

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, LLC (FM&T) is a management and operating contractor for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Kansas City Plant contract. The facilities under management are multi-disciplinary engineering and manufacturing operations specializing in electrical, mechanical and engineered material components. KCP is one of the nation’s most diverse low-volume, high reliability production facilities serving government agencies, national laboratories, universities, and U.S. industry. FM&T employs approximately 2,700 employees at facilities in Kansas City, Missouri and Albuquerque, N.M.

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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.