5 Maryland businesses win quality, productivity awards


Five companies with operations in Maryland received awards yesterday at a conference sponsored by the Maryland Center for Quality & Productivity and the American Society for Quality Control.

The companies that received the awards were Bausch & Lomb Eyeware Division in Oakland, IBM Corp. -- Federal Systems Co. in Gaithersburg, Maryland Plastics Inc. of Federalsburg, Perdue Edible Oil Refinery in Salisbury and McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. of Seabrook.

The Bausch & Lomb division, received the Senate Productivity Award for Manufacturing. The IBM operation , which serves various federal agencies, received the Senate Productivity Award for Service. Maryland's U.S. senators, Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, made the awards.

Maryland Plastic, which makes cutlery and other molded plastic products, was the Maryland Center winner for "Excellence in Employee Involvement and Commitment to the Quality Process."

Perdue Edible Oil, a division of Perdue Farms Inc. that produces crude soybean oil, was the Maryland Center winner for "Excellence in Productivity, Quality & Customer Satisfaction." The McDonnell Douglas operation received the center's award for "Excellence in Achieving Continuous Improvement Through The Productivity/Quality Process."

The award, which has been give for seven years, is the state equivalent of the Malcolm Baldridge award for quality that is given by the U.S. Commerce Department.

The Maryland Center is an arm of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland in College Park.

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