Sears Names Top Suppliers as Year 2000 'Partners in Progress'

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sears, Roebuck & Co.

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears, Roebuck and Co.
 (NYSE:   S) honored its top suppliers at the company's annual "Partners In
 Progress" event held at Sears headquarters yesterday. Sears bestowed the award
 this year on fewer than 130 suppliers.  More than 10,000 suppliers competed
 for this award.
     "Sears suppliers are vital to the success of our business and our ability
 to make Sears the destination of choice for our customers," said Sears
 Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy.  "Of the thousands of suppliers with whom we do
 business, our Partners in Progress award recipients have demonstrated the
 highest level of commitment, quality and leadership - attributes we strive to
 achieve in everything we do at Sears.  Through their professionalism and
 dedication, these suppliers have earned Sears recognition."
     Begun almost 20 years ago, the Partners In Progress program recognizes
 suppliers that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears
 businesses and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers.
 The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears store support
 organization and include awards for various achievements.
     In addition to being named Partners in Progress, the following suppliers
 were recognized for their exceptional contributions to Sears business success:
 
                        2000 Sears Partners in Progress
                             Business Group Awards
 
     Awards for Business Group Suppliers of the Year -- winners exemplify the
 highest achievement in partnership with Sears:
 
     Icon Health and Fitness for Sears Hardlines
     Vanity Fair Intimates, Inc. for Sears Softlines
     Fixture Hardware Co. for Sears Support Businesses
 
     Awards for Quality - represent the highest quality in merchandise or
 service:
 
     Shaw Industries for Sears Softlines
     Waterloo Industries, Inc. for Sears Hardlines
     Genco for Sears Support Businesses
     GE Appliances/ Consumer Service for Sears Services
 
     Awards for Innovation - contributed the most meaningful product
 development or innovation:
 
     Whirlpool for Sears Hardware
     Coty US LLC for Sears Softlines
     National Energy Services, Inc. for Sears Support Businesses
     Ambrosi & Associates, Inc. for Sears Services
 
     Category Source of the Year - top performer in a merchandise category:
 
     Johnson Controls, Inc. for Sears Automotive
     Stella Footwear/Graves Importing for Fine  Jewelry, Cosmetics, Fragrances,
       Home Fashions and Family Footwear
     Sony Electronics, Inc. for Home Electronics/Home Office
     Icon Health and Fitness for  Lawn & Garden and Family Fitness
     Superba Inc. for Men's & Children's Apparel
     Vanity Fair Intimates, LP for Women's Ready to Wear and Intimate Apparel
     Fixture Hardware Co. for Sears Support Businesses
 
                             Sears, Roebuck and Co.
                           2000 Partners in Progress
 
     A Classic Time Watch Company Inc.
     A. Eicoff & Co.
     Adlab
     Ambrosi & Associates, Inc.
     Amerock Corporation
     APG, Inc.
     APL Limited
     Aramark Business Services
     Aramark Corporation
     Artland
     Automated Distribution Systems
     Avis Rent A Car Systems, Inc.
     BCTC Corporation
     BLM Engineers
     Brann Chicago
     Briggs New York Corporation
     Cee Sportswear
     Chim Li Fashion Co.
     Cole Vision Corporation
     Conair Corporation
     Continental General Tire Inc.
     Coty US LLC
     Crowley Liner Services
     Cupid
     Curtron
     Donnellon Public Relations
     E H P Tractor Division
     E.R. Rule of Puerto Rico, Inc.
     Echostar Communications Corporation
     Electrolux Home Products
     Escalade Sports
     Euro-Tapis
     F & F Construction
     Fishman & Tobin, Inc.
     Fixture Hardware CO.
     Fownes Brothers & Co, Inc.
     GE Appliances
     Genco
     General Electric - LaFeyette
     General Electric - Leiser
     H&R Block Tax Services, Inc.
     Hartford Computer Group, Inc.
     Heartland Express
     Hitachi Home Electronic (America), Inc.
     Hitachi National Service Division
     HoMedics
     IBM Global Services - Sears Account
     Icon Health and Fitness
     Imax
     Informix Software, Inc.
     Itronix Corporation
     Jamac Inc.
     Janome Sewing Machine Co., LTD
     Johnson Controls, Inc.
     JVC Company of America
     Karastan
     Kichler
     Kimball Distributing Company
     L.S. Starrett Co., Evans Rule Div.
     L'Art De La Mode
     LA GAL
     Lane-Valenti Industries
     Levolor Home Fashions
     Louisville Bedding Company
     Markon Footwear
     Martin Emprex
     Meyer Corporation
     Milco Industries
     Miracle-Ear, Inc.
     Mohawk Industries
     Monterey Canyon, Inc.
     MS Carriers
     MTD Products, Inc.
     Murray, Inc.
     National Energy Services, Inc.
     Nike, Inc.
     Nissei Sangyo America, LTD.
     Nurserymen's Exchange
     Pacific Coast Feather Co.
     Pacific Electricord
     Peking Handicraft, Inc.
     R & M Richards
     Rexon Industrial Corp. Ltd.
     Rexon USA
     Rosetti Handbags & Accessories
     RSV Sport, Inc. (L.E.I)
     SAG Harbor Dresses
     Salton
     Sara Lee Knit Products
     Shaw Industries
     Smiles Fashion
     Sol Savransky Diamonds, Inc.
     Sony Electronics, Inc.
     Sovereign Sales LLC
     State Industries, Inc.
     Stella Footwear/Graves Importing
     Superba Inc.
     Tabletops Unlimited
     Taiwan Janome
     Techtronic Industries, Inc.
     Telxon
     The Antique Drapery Rod Company
     The Brickman Group, LTD
     The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
     The First Years
     The Gem Group
     The Hoover Company
     The Lee Company
     The Northern Trust Company
     The Sherwin-Williams Company
     The Timberland Company
     The Trane Company
     Thomas Liao Co., LTD
     Thule, Inc.
     Vanity Fair Intimates, LP
     Warren Distribution
     Waste Management
     Waterloo Industries, Inc.
     Whirlpool Corporation
     Whirlpool Corporation - Benton Harbor
     Whirlpool Corporation - Clyde Division
     Whirlpool Corporation - Marion Division
     Wiseknit Factory, LTD
 
 

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck & Co.
    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears, Roebuck and Co.
 (NYSE:   S) honored its top suppliers at the company's annual "Partners In
 Progress" event held at Sears headquarters yesterday. Sears bestowed the award
 this year on fewer than 130 suppliers.  More than 10,000 suppliers competed
 for this award.
     "Sears suppliers are vital to the success of our business and our ability
 to make Sears the destination of choice for our customers," said Sears
 Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy.  "Of the thousands of suppliers with whom we do
 business, our Partners in Progress award recipients have demonstrated the
 highest level of commitment, quality and leadership - attributes we strive to
 achieve in everything we do at Sears.  Through their professionalism and
 dedication, these suppliers have earned Sears recognition."
     Begun almost 20 years ago, the Partners In Progress program recognizes
 suppliers that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears
 businesses and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers.
 The winners were selected from nominations submitted by Sears store support
 organization and include awards for various achievements.
     In addition to being named Partners in Progress, the following suppliers
 were recognized for their exceptional contributions to Sears business success:
 
                        2000 Sears Partners in Progress
                             Business Group Awards
 
     Awards for Business Group Suppliers of the Year -- winners exemplify the
 highest achievement in partnership with Sears:
 
     Icon Health and Fitness for Sears Hardlines
     Vanity Fair Intimates, Inc. for Sears Softlines
     Fixture Hardware Co. for Sears Support Businesses
 
     Awards for Quality - represent the highest quality in merchandise or
 service:
 
     Shaw Industries for Sears Softlines
     Waterloo Industries, Inc. for Sears Hardlines
     Genco for Sears Support Businesses
     GE Appliances/ Consumer Service for Sears Services
 
     Awards for Innovation - contributed the most meaningful product
 development or innovation:
 
     Whirlpool for Sears Hardware
     Coty US LLC for Sears Softlines
     National Energy Services, Inc. for Sears Support Businesses
     Ambrosi & Associates, Inc. for Sears Services
 
     Category Source of the Year - top performer in a merchandise category:
 
     Johnson Controls, Inc. for Sears Automotive
     Stella Footwear/Graves Importing for Fine  Jewelry, Cosmetics, Fragrances,
       Home Fashions and Family Footwear
     Sony Electronics, Inc. for Home Electronics/Home Office
     Icon Health and Fitness for  Lawn & Garden and Family Fitness
     Superba Inc. for Men's & Children's Apparel
     Vanity Fair Intimates, LP for Women's Ready to Wear and Intimate Apparel
     Fixture Hardware Co. for Sears Support Businesses
 
                             Sears, Roebuck and Co.
                           2000 Partners in Progress
 
     A Classic Time Watch Company Inc.
     A. Eicoff & Co.
     Adlab
     Ambrosi & Associates, Inc.
     Amerock Corporation
     APG, Inc.
     APL Limited
     Aramark Business Services
     Aramark Corporation
     Artland
     Automated Distribution Systems
     Avis Rent A Car Systems, Inc.
     BCTC Corporation
     BLM Engineers
     Brann Chicago
     Briggs New York Corporation
     Cee Sportswear
     Chim Li Fashion Co.
     Cole Vision Corporation
     Conair Corporation
     Continental General Tire Inc.
     Coty US LLC
     Crowley Liner Services
     Cupid
     Curtron
     Donnellon Public Relations
     E H P Tractor Division
     E.R. Rule of Puerto Rico, Inc.
     Echostar Communications Corporation
     Electrolux Home Products
     Escalade Sports
     Euro-Tapis
     F & F Construction
     Fishman & Tobin, Inc.
     Fixture Hardware CO.
     Fownes Brothers & Co, Inc.
     GE Appliances
     Genco
     General Electric - LaFeyette
     General Electric - Leiser
     H&R Block Tax Services, Inc.
     Hartford Computer Group, Inc.
     Heartland Express
     Hitachi Home Electronic (America), Inc.
     Hitachi National Service Division
     HoMedics
     IBM Global Services - Sears Account
     Icon Health and Fitness
     Imax
     Informix Software, Inc.
     Itronix Corporation
     Jamac Inc.
     Janome Sewing Machine Co., LTD
     Johnson Controls, Inc.
     JVC Company of America
     Karastan
     Kichler
     Kimball Distributing Company
     L.S. Starrett Co., Evans Rule Div.
     L'Art De La Mode
     LA GAL
     Lane-Valenti Industries
     Levolor Home Fashions
     Louisville Bedding Company
     Markon Footwear
     Martin Emprex
     Meyer Corporation
     Milco Industries
     Miracle-Ear, Inc.
     Mohawk Industries
     Monterey Canyon, Inc.
     MS Carriers
     MTD Products, Inc.
     Murray, Inc.
     National Energy Services, Inc.
     Nike, Inc.
     Nissei Sangyo America, LTD.
     Nurserymen's Exchange
     Pacific Coast Feather Co.
     Pacific Electricord
     Peking Handicraft, Inc.
     R & M Richards
     Rexon Industrial Corp. Ltd.
     Rexon USA
     Rosetti Handbags & Accessories
     RSV Sport, Inc. (L.E.I)
     SAG Harbor Dresses
     Salton
     Sara Lee Knit Products
     Shaw Industries
     Smiles Fashion
     Sol Savransky Diamonds, Inc.
     Sony Electronics, Inc.
     Sovereign Sales LLC
     State Industries, Inc.
     Stella Footwear/Graves Importing
     Superba Inc.
     Tabletops Unlimited
     Taiwan Janome
     Techtronic Industries, Inc.
     Telxon
     The Antique Drapery Rod Company
     The Brickman Group, LTD
     The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
     The First Years
     The Gem Group
     The Hoover Company
     The Lee Company
     The Northern Trust Company
     The Sherwin-Williams Company
     The Timberland Company
     The Trane Company
     Thomas Liao Co., LTD
     Thule, Inc.
     Vanity Fair Intimates, LP
     Warren Distribution
     Waste Management
     Waterloo Industries, Inc.
     Whirlpool Corporation
     Whirlpool Corporation - Benton Harbor
     Whirlpool Corporation - Clyde Division
     Whirlpool Corporation - Marion Division
     Wiseknit Factory, LTD
 
 SOURCE  Sears, Roebuck & Co.