Freese and Nichols Receives 2010 Baldrige Award
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced today that Freese and Nichols is a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Freese and Nichols is the first engineering and architectural firm ever to receive this award and one of seven businesses to be recognized this year. With 450 employees, the Texas firm is 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. There were 83 applications submitted for the Baldrige Award in 2010. Applicants were evaluated in seven areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, process management and results. The evaluation process for each recipient included about 1,000 hours of review and an onsite visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information.
Freese and Nichols is a full service professional consulting firm serving municipal and county governments, river authorities and water districts, transportation entities, the U.S. government, higher education and the energy industry. With offices in the Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio and Tyler areas, Freese and Nichols provides engineering, architecture, environmental science, planning and program management services throughout Texas. 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 in conjunction with the private sector.