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Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Freese and Nichols is a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. We are the first engineering and architectural firm ever to receive this award and one of seven businesses to be recognized in 2010, one of three recognized in the small business category.

The Baldrige Award is a prestigious national recognition that promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements of U.S. organizations and publicizes successful performance strategies. Applicants are evaluated in seven areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, and process management and results. The evaluation process included about 1,000 hours of review and an onsite visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information.

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S.businesses. Since 1988, 86 organizations have received Baldrige Awards. The Award is managed by the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in conjunction with the private sector.

In recognition of Freese and Nichols' Baldrige Award, Texas Congressman Pete Sessions made a brief speech during a Congressional session on February 17, 2011. His recognition of Freese and Nichols included mention of our historical roots, "avant-garde solutions," commitment to responsible and sustainable development, and emphasis on community service.