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LOCKHEED HONORED WITH 'LEADERSHIP AWARD' FOR QUALITY

 LOCKHEED HONORED WITH 'LEADERSHIP AWARD' FOR QUALITY
 HOUSTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of the


Quality & Productivity Management Association (QPMA) has selected Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co. (LESC) for its 1992 Leadership Award. The award recognizes "exemplary improvement in quality, productivity and customer satisfaction because of significantly improved organizational effectiveness" in a services organization.
 In selecting LESC, the QPMA Leadership Award Committee evaluated Lockheed's quality improvement strategy, examined how its quality program is being implemented, and judged the results LESC quality efforts have achieved.
 LESC President Richard P. Parten accepted the award on behalf of the company at the QPMA's fall conference meeting in New Orleans on Oct. 9. "We are extremely pleased and proud that the QPMA selected Lockheed for this recognition of our quality effort," Parten said, "and the fact that we were nominated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, our major customer, makes it even more satisfying."
 Joyce Jarrett-Thor, a member of the QPMA board and director, external relations for the Office of Continuing Improvement, NASA Headquarters, nominated Lockheed for the award.
 The QPMA (formerly the American Productivity Management Association) is a professional organization whose mission is to "enhance its members' capability to improve their organizational effectiveness through quality, productivity and customer satisfaction."
 QPMA members include more than 600 companies and institutions, representing a cross section of American industry -- from aerospace to utilities. Past winners of the QPMA Leadership Award include Ford Motor Co., Harley Davidson, Texas Instruments, Harris Corp, IBM and USAA (an insurance company based in San Antonio).
 LESC earned the 1992 Leadership Award thanks to the quality achievements of more than 2,000 of its employees on Lockheed's Engineering Support Contract for NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. The company has been a key participant in NASA improvement initiatives at JSC for more than 13 years. Today there are more than 50 LESC quality-focused teams in place. Many of these are joint teams, with customers working side-by-side with Lockheed employees.
 During 1991, these quality teams submitted nearly 50 cost- reduction ideas, totaling $8.6 million, which were approved, implemented and rewarded. Since 1988, cost reductions have represented between 9 percent and 16 percent of the annual value of the Engineering Support Contract. In 1991, 74 percent of the employees on the ESC contract were voluntary participants in one or more improvement activities -- offering time, creativity and energy beyond their normal job duties. And in 1992, that high level of participation continued to increase -- reaching an astounding 85 percent.
 The QPMA 1992 Leadership Award is not the first quality award for LESC. In 1989, Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co. became the first services company to win a major national quality award when it received the NASA Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity. Also, Robert B. Young Jr., president of Lockheed Corp.'s Technology Services Group and former LESC president, was selected as the 1992 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Leadership in Quality Management Award.
 Headquartered in Houston, Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co. provides a broad range of high technology support services in engineering, the sciences, data processing, and test and evaluation to NASA, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and other government agencies. LESC employs about 4,600 people nationwide.
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