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Bethlehem Steel Receives Quest for Excellence Award from `Automotive Industries Magazine'.

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Bethlehem Steel (NYSE: BS) has received Automotive Industries magazine's 2000 "Quest for Excellence" award as one of "the best of the best" suppliers in the automotive industry.

In its third annual "Quest for Excellence" survey, Automotive Industries asked its subscribers, on the basis of their own experiences, to rank automotive suppliers "on the critical issues of quality, price, delivery, service/response, and innovation." To ensure the accuracy of the survey, the magazine enlisted the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Survey Research Center in developing, mailing and tabulating the survey questionnaires.

To determine "the best of the best," Automotive Industries asked its subscribers if the supplier consistently meets its quality standards, if it meets target pricing requirements, if it has consistent, dependable delivery of materials and services, if it responds quickly and effectively to customer requests, and if it suggests innovative concept and solutions.

In announcing the awards, Automotive Industries said that it "clearly recognizes the outstanding job suppliers do in creating high-quality, value-added products for their OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers" and noted that "excellence is the foundation on which all top supplier companies are built."

Commenting on the award, David M. Beinner, senior vice-president, commercial, Bethlehem Steel, said: "This award for supplier excellence is especially meaningful because it reflects the opinions of Automotive Industries' subscribers, and those subscribers are key employees of our automotive customers. Winning this award is a tribute to the skill and dedication of all Bethlehem employees who are involved in developing, producing and shipping high-quality steel products for the automotive industry. They should be very proud of their accomplishment."

Bethlehem Steel provides a variety of high-quality steel products to the automotive manufacturers in North America including hot-rolled, cold-rolled, electrogalvanized, hot-dip-galvanized and galvannealed sheet. Earlier this year, Bethlehem earned General Motors' "Supplier of the Year Award" for the fifth consecutive year, something no other steel company in the world has achieved.
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