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FORD MOTOR COMPANY WINS THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE'S 1992 QUALITY SUPPLIER AWARD

 WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Postal Service named Ford Truck Operations and its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Ky., as their top 1992 Quality Supplier Award winner in the Large Business Manufacturing Category at a special ceremony here today. Ford was selected from more than 60,000 suppliers.
 In making the award, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Marvin Runyon said Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) won for supplying more than 2,000 seven- and nine-ton cargo vans and trucks to the Postal Service. "Last year we issued 71,500 contracts valued at $2.4 billion, so winners are definitely the 'best of the best,'" he said.
 "We pride ourselves in pleasing our customers," said James D. Donaldson, Ford vice president, general manager Ford Truck Operations. "Therefore receiving the Postal Quality Supplier Award provides us with customer feedback that our products and services meet and exceed their expectations."
 Companies were evaluated on product quality, delivery performance, contract management, customer satisfaction, quality assurance performance, value-added initiatives, initiatives with their own suppliers, total quality management and employee training. Winners were selected following a comprehensive evaluation process by the Postal Service contracting officers.
 Following are the categories and the winners and finalists:
 Large Business Manufacturing
 Ford Truck Operations, Kentucky Truck Plant, Louisville, Ky. (Co-winner)
 Storage Technology Corp., Silver Spring, Md. (Co-winner)
 Small Business Manufacturing
 Hardy Instruments, San Diego, Calif. (Winner)
 Accu-Sort Systems, Inc., Telford., Pa. (Finalist)
 Ashton-Potter America Inc., Amherst, N.Y. (Finalist)
 Large Business Services
 Grainger, Lincolnshire, Ill. (Winner)
 Kelly Services, Inc., Troy, Mich. (Finalist)
 Minnesota Diversified Industries, St. Paul, Minn. (Finalist)
 Small Business Services
 ODI, Burlington, Mass. (Winner)
 Techmatics, Inc., Fairfax, Va. (Finalist)
 Wheeler Brothers, Inc., Somerset, Pa. (Finalist)
 Ford Motor Company's KTP has a conveyor length of more than 10 miles that produces more than 250 medium and heavy duty trucks a day. The KTP has built more than 1.7 million trucks since beginning operations in 1969.
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 /CONTACT: Sandra Stewart of United States Postal Service, 202-268-2978/
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