Heale Manufacturing Wins DOD Quality Award

June 14, 2004

Heale Manufacturing Co., Inc. has again been honored by the U. S. Department of Defense as one of the government's best suppliers at an Automated Best Value System award ceremony.

Each year the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) of the Department of Defense reviews the performance of all of its 10,000+ suppliers.

Firms that qualify as Automated Best Value Supplier (ABVS) award winners must meet stringent Defense Depart-ment quality and delivery requirements established by the DLA. The computerized ABVS evaluation system awards a GOLD medal for a perfect 12 month score of 100. A score of 99.0 to 99.9 earns a SILVER medal and 98.0 to 98.9 earns a BRONZE medal. This year only 450 companies earned an award.

Elliott Erickson, President of Heale Manufacturing, accepted the silver award from the commander of the Defense Supply Center, Navy Rear Admiral Mike Lyden at the annual ABVS award ceremony in Richmond VA. Heale delivered over 500 contracts (CLINS) in this evaluation period.

"This award means that we have provided products that our troops can use with confidence anytime, anywhere in the world," said Erickson. "We are especially proud of the fact that we are one of only 5 companies who have won an ABVS award in at least 13 of the 14 years it has been given. For our small company that is really quite an accomplishment!"

Additionally, Heale recently received two government contracts from DLA (totaling $250,000.00) to supply wire harnesses for the M113 armored personnel carrier.

Erickson went on to comment "our continued pursuit of perfection, as measured by the ABVS system, has given us a leg up on our competition because past performance is used in the governmentís contract award processes. We have also been assisted in our pursuit of perfection by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI). They have helped us improve our quality, grow our business and add employees while still maintaining a reasonable bottom line. The latter point being the most important, because, without a reasonable bottom line, our business and all the jobs would go away. Heale is an example that shows productivity improvements and lean principles donít eliminate jobs, they save jobs."