Escalade Sports Awarded Vendor of the Year 'Hardlines' by Sears

Apr 18, 2002, 01:00 ET from Escalade, Inc.

    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
 Sears business.
     For more information on Escalade Sports, visit website
     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
 cutting products.
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