EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Escalade, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ESCA), reports its wholly owned subsidiary, Escalade Sports, on April
9th was awarded the following prestigious awards from Sears, Roebuck and
* Hardlines Vendor of the Year
* Category Vendor of the Year
* Partners in Progress
The "Hardlines Vendor of the Year" award is the highest honor given to
Sears vendors and recognizes Escalade Sports as demonstrating the highest
achievement in partnership with Sears.
Sears honored its top suppliers at the company's annual "Partners In
Progress" event held at Sears' headquarters. Sears bestowed the "Partners In
Progress" award this year on fewer than 110 of more than 10,000 suppliers.
"Sears suppliers are critical to the success of our company as we strive
to make our stores even more focused on delivering the goods and services our
customers expect," said Sears Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy. "Of the
thousands of suppliers with whom we do business, our Partners in Progress
recipients have demonstrated the highest level of commitment, quality and
leadership -- attributes we strive to achieve in everything we do at Sears."
Over the past 30 years, Escalade Sports has received the P.I.P. award 22
times, quite an outstanding accomplishment. 2001 marks their third
consecutive year receiving the Sears P.I.P. award.
"Our mutual commitment and partnership in developing excellence in all
phases of our business with our customers is key to our success," said Dan
Messmer, President of Escalade Sports. "We truly appreciate this recognition
from Sears, and this would not be possible without dedicated hard work and
effort from everyone at Escalade Sports."
The awards were presented to Dan Messmer, President of Escalade Sports,
David Jensen, Executive V.P. of Sales, and John Graybill, Account Manager for
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Escalade, Inc. is a diversified manufacturer and distributor of sporting
goods such as Table Tennis Tables and equipment, Pool Tables and equipment,
Basketball systems, Game Tables, Archery equipment, Darting products and
Fitness equipment and office products such as paper folding, punching, and
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