Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) honored its top suppliers at the company's annual "Partners In Progress" event held at Sears headquarters yesterday. Sears bestowed the award this year on fewer than 130 suppliers. More than 10,000 suppliers competed for this award.
"Sears suppliers are vital to the success of our business and our ability to make Sears the destination of choice for our customers," said Sears Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy. "Of the thousands of suppliers with whom we do business, our Partners in Progress award recipients have demonstrated the highest level of commitment, quality and leadership - attributes we strive to achieve in everything we do at Sears. Through their professionalism and dedication, these suppliers have earned Sears recognition."
Begun almost 20 years ago, the Partners In Progress program recognizes suppliers that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears businesses and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers. The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears store support organization and include awards for various achievements.
In addition to being named Partners in Progress, the following suppliers were recognized for their exceptional contributions to Sears business success:
2000 Sears Partners in Progress Business Group Awards
Awards for Business Group Suppliers of the Year -- winners exemplify the highest achievement in partnership with Sears:
Icon Health and Fitness for Sears Hardlines Vanity Fair Intimates, Inc. for Sears Softlines Fixture Hardware Co. for Sears Support Businesses
Awards for Quality - represent the highest quality in merchandise or service:
Shaw Industries for Sears Softlines Waterloo Industries, Inc. for Sears Hardlines Genco for Sears Support Businesses GE Appliances/ Consumer Service for Sears Services
Awards for Innovation - contributed the most meaningful product development or innovation:
Whirlpool for Sears Hardware Coty US LLC for Sears Softlines National Energy Services, Inc. for Sears Support Businesses Ambrosi & Associates, Inc. for Sears Services Category Source of the Year - top performer in a merchandise category: Johnson Controls, Inc. for Sears Automotive Stella Footwear/Graves Importing for Fine Jewelry, Cosmetics, Fragrances, Home Fashions and Family Footwear Sony Electronics, Inc. for Home Electronics/Home Office Icon Health and Fitness for Lawn & Garden and Family Fitness Superba Inc. for Men's & Children's Apparel Vanity Fair Intimates, LP for Women's Ready to Wear and Intimate Apparel Fixture Hardware Co. for Sears Support Businesses Sears, Roebuck and Co. 2000 Partners in Progress A Classic Time Watch Company Inc. A. Eicoff & Co. Adlab Ambrosi & Associates, Inc. Amerock Corporation APG, Inc. APL Limited Aramark Business Services Aramark Corporation Artland Automated Distribution Systems Avis Rent A Car Systems, Inc. BCTC Corporation BLM Engineers Brann Chicago Briggs New York Corporation Cee Sportswear Chim Li Fashion Co. Cole Vision Corporation Conair Corporation Continental General Tire Inc. Coty US LLC Crowley Liner Services Cupid Curtron Donnellon Public Relations E H P Tractor Division E.R. Rule of Puerto Rico, Inc. Echostar Communications Corporation Electrolux Home Products Escalade Sports Euro-Tapis F & F Construction Fishman & Tobin, Inc. Fixture Hardware CO. Fownes Brothers & Co, Inc. GE Appliances Genco General Electric - LaFeyette General Electric - Leiser H&R Block Tax Services, Inc. Hartford Computer Group, Inc. Heartland Express Hitachi Home Electronic (America), Inc. Hitachi National Service Division HoMedics IBM Global Services - Sears Account Icon Health and Fitness Imax Informix Software, Inc. Itronix Corporation Jamac Inc. Janome Sewing Machine Co., LTD Johnson Controls, Inc. JVC Company of America Karastan Kichler Kimball Distributing Company L.S. Starrett Co., Evans Rule Div. L'Art De La Mode LA GAL Lane-Valenti Industries Levolor Home Fashions Louisville Bedding Company Markon Footwear Martin Emprex Meyer Corporation Milco Industries Miracle-Ear, Inc. Mohawk Industries Monterey Canyon, Inc. MS Carriers MTD Products, Inc. Murray, Inc. National Energy Services, Inc. Nike, Inc. Nissei Sangyo America, LTD. Nurserymen's Exchange Pacific Coast Feather Co. Pacific Electricord Peking Handicraft, Inc. R & M Richards Rexon Industrial Corp. Ltd. Rexon USA Rosetti Handbags & Accessories RSV Sport, Inc. (L.E.I) SAG Harbor Dresses Salton Sara Lee Knit Products Shaw Industries Smiles Fashion Sol Savransky Diamonds, Inc. Sony Electronics, Inc. Sovereign Sales LLC State Industries, Inc. Stella Footwear/Graves Importing Superba Inc. Tabletops Unlimited Taiwan Janome Techtronic Industries, Inc. Telxon The Antique Drapery Rod Company The Brickman Group, LTD The Chamberlain Group, Inc. The First Years The Gem Group The Hoover Company The Lee Company The Northern Trust Company The Sherwin-Williams Company The Timberland Company The Trane Company Thomas Liao Co., LTD Thule, Inc. Vanity Fair Intimates, LPWarren Distribution Waste Management Waterloo Industries, Inc. Whirlpool Corporation Whirlpool Corporation - Benton Harbor Whirlpool Corporation - Clyde Division Whirlpool Corporation - Marion Division Wiseknit Factory, LTD
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Contact: Paula S. Davis of Sears, Roebuck & Co., 847-286-4965