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Malone Receives Milliken Medal Of Quality Award From South Carolina Quality Forum

Dr. Thomas J. Malone, president, Milliken and Company, Spartanburg, S.C., was recently presented with the Milliken Medal of Quality Award by the South Carolina Quality Forum.The award is given every year by the Quality Forum to recognize South Carolinians of vision, who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement in the implementation of quality systems in their organizations. Roger Milliken, chairman and CEO, Milliken and Company, in whose honor the original award was established four years ago, said, "Tom Malone's leadership has been the single most important ingredient in the success of Milliken's Quality Process. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, won by our company in 1989, was a direct result of his personal leadership and involvement. I am thrilled the Quality Forum selected Tom for this award. He is a passionate believer in recognition and has awarded, recognized and applauded thousands of associates in our company for their accomplishments. It is certainly appropriate that he receive this recognition."In accepting the award, Dr. Malone said of quality: "I believe it is a vision, it is a never-ending journey it is not a destination! It is the pursuit of excellence in everything that we do! It has no bounds. Its success is driven by top leadership in combination with educated and empowered people. Leadership has to provide the vision, create the environment, ensure that the resources are available to make it all possible, provide the people with the education and tools and the leaders must never waiver in their total support of the people."He continued: "We in Milliken have been equally blessed to have the people, some 14,000 associates, that are the real heroes heroes that have strived untiringly, passionately, to make our vision our dreams a reality. Their enormous dedication and efforts have made possible our quality achievements that have resulted in our company receiving such global recognition."The award was presented by South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges.Dr. Malone received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1966 and immediately was hired by Milliken and Company to start its "Fundamental Engineering Department." Seventeen years later, he was named president and COO. Milliken and Company is of one of the largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers in the world. December 2001