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NMSDC Names Ford Motor Company Corporation of the Year; Key Minority Businesses Also Recognized.

ATLANTA, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ --

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) presented Ford Motor Company with the prestigious "Corporation of the Year" Award at its Awards Banquet on October 31st in Atlanta, in recognition of the company's exemplary achievements in the area of minority business development.

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The award is regarded as the most significant honor to a major corporation for the utilization of minority suppliers. Since NMSDC was founded in 1972, hundreds of major corporations have launched, or expanded, innovative programs to increase their business relationships with minority suppliers.

Ford Motor spent $3.5 billion with minority suppliers (Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American) certified by the NMSDC in 2000. Ford spends more with minority Tier 1 suppliers than any other corporation in the U.S., and the number of minority suppliers has increased from 321 to 408.

Ford has several initiatives in place to develop suppliers, including executive education and technical training, financial assistance, eight Business Development Commodity Councils, joint ventures and Empowerment Zone projects. The Ford Tier II Program requires its largest 600 suppliers (minority as well as majority) to establish minority supplier development programs.

Ford Motor Company previously won the Corporation of the Year Award in 1998 and 1988.

G. Winston Smith, supplier diversity director at AT&T Corporation, received the MBE Coordinator of the Year award in recognition of more than $1 billion in contracts with minority suppliers as well as innovative supplier development activities and leadership across industry groups and across the country.

Three top minority businesses were also recognized as national "Suppliers of the Year" for excellence in business acumen and community service. They were: Integrated Packaging Corporation, New Brunswick, New Jersey; MagRabbit, Inc., Austin, Texas; and A-1 Janitorial Services, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada.

"These are some of NMSDC's highest awards, given to minority suppliers who distinguish themselves and their businesses by successfully demonstrating growth in sales and employment while overcoming significant obstacles; consistently providing high quality products and services at competitive prices; and significantly contributing to the growth and development of society in their community," said Harriet R. Michel, president of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Nine minority businesses were honored as regional "Suppliers of the Year." They were: Alert Staffing, Culver City, California; Maya Telecom, Inc., Altamonte Springs, Florida; Shingobee Builders, Inc., Loretto, Minnesota; ClasSickle, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky; Cyntell Tool Company, Melvindale, Michigan; Genesis VII, Inc., Titusville, Florida; KolorPro Promotions, Inc., Eastover, South Carolina; The Mobe Group, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Toxicology One, Inc., Columbus, Indiana.

The Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Development Council was awarded the Council of the Year award, for providing stellar services to hundreds of corporations and minority businesses in Virginia.

The Chairman's Award was presented to George David, chairman and chief executive officer of United Technologies Corporation, for exemplary volunteer leadership as chairman of NMSDC's Board of Directors for four years.

Providing a direct link between corporate America and minority-owned businesses is the primary objective of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, one of the country's leading business membership organizations. It was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 39 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America's top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match more than 15,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase goods and services.

For more information about the National Minority Supplier Development Council, call (212) 944-2430 or check the Web site at http://www.nmsdcus.org .

2001 NATIONAL MINORITY SUPPLIER

DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL CONFERENCE AWARDS

CORPORATION OF THE YEAR Awards accepted by:

Ford Motor Company Mr. Richard Honecker

Henry Ford II World Center-WHQ Executive Director,

One American Road Global Facilities

Dearborn, Michigan 48126 Material and Services Purchasing

SUPPLIERS OF THE YEAR

CLASS III

NATIONAL WINNER

Integrated Packaging Corporation Mr. Joseph Wilson

122 Quentin Avenue Chairman and CEO

New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Manufacturer of corrugated

containers, corrugated packaging

and display products

REGIONAL WINNERS

Alert Staffing Ms. Victoria Lowe

300 Corporate Pointe, Suite 300 Founder, President and CEO

Culver City, California 90230

Full service staffing

Maya Telecom, Inc. Ms. Ileana DiMario

498 Palm Springs Drive, Suite 100 Chief Executive Officer

Altamonte Springs, Florida 32701

Telecom Engineering, value added

distributor, manufacturer, Mr. Reynaldo Rodriguez

sale of new and refurbished President

telecommunications equipment

Shingobee Builders, Inc. Ms. Gae Veit

669 North Medina Street Chief Executive Officer

Loretto, Minnesota 55357

General contractor,

construction management

and real estate services

CLASS II

NATIONAL WINNER

MagRabbit, Inc. Mr. Tommy Hodinh

3815 Jarrett Way, Building B 220 Chairman and CEO

Austin, Texas 78728

Value-added e-logistics,

e-fulfillment, call center

and e-commerce services

REGIONAL WINNERS

ClasSickle, Inc. Mr. Anthony J. Sickles

4501 Bardstown Road President

Louisville, Kentucky 40218

Environmental services, biology,

highway and construction, land

acquisition, hydrographic

surveying, civil engineering,

landscape architecture and

surveying

Cyntell Tool Company Mr. Kenneth R. Jones

17950 Allen Road President and CEO

Melvindale, Michigan 48122

Machine tool manufacturer

Genesis VII, Inc. Mr. Kenneth Pinson

1605 White Drive President and CEO

Titusville, Florida 32780

Product distribution, facility

operation, general construction

and support services

CLASS I

NATIONAL WINNER

A-1 Janitorial Services, Inc. Ms. Pamela Washington

4760 West Dewey Drive, #147 President

Las Vegas, Nevada 89118

Commercial Cleaning

CLASS I

REGIONAL WINNERS

KolorPro Promotions, Inc. Ms. Ann Pringle Washington

Post Office Box 158 President

Eastover, South Carolina 29044

Awards, plaques, gifts,

advertising specialties,

employee recognition

programs, promotional items

The Mobe Group Ms. Lea Hargett

2828 10th Avenue South, 3rd Floor President and CEO

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

Electronic and automotive parts

assembly manufacturing, process,

design and engineering

Toxicology One, Inc. Mr. Mike Harris

1726 17th Street President

Columbus, Indiana 47201

Drug testing, file maintenance,

substance abuse training and

counseling

MBE COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR

Mr. G. Winston Smith

Supplier Diversity Director

AT&T Corporation

295 North Maple Avenue

Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920

COUNCIL OF THE YEAR CHAIRMAN'S AWARD

Ms. Adele Johnson Mr. George David

President Chairman and Chief Executive

Virginia Regional Minority Supplier Officer

Development Council United Technologies Corporation

1111 East Main Street, 3rd Floor United Technologies Building

Bank of America Center Hartford, Connecticut 06101

Richmond, Virginia 23219

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