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 Company; * 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 www.escaladesports.com 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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X31354853
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