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For Organizations: The Minnesota Quality Award

Although the primary goal of our assessment is learning and improvement, we also recognize levels of performance excellence through the Minnesota Quality Award.

Established in 1991, the Minnesota Quality Award is given to organizations that successfully complete a full assessment using either narrative-based or survey-based approach. We have four Award levels, intended to recognize organizations at the appropriate stage of their improvement journey:

Commitment

Organizations recognized at this level have demonstrated commitment to self-assessment as a catalyst for improvement and a means of promoting organizational excellence. They are in the early stages of developing and implementing approaches to address criteria requirements and obtaining results.

Advancement

Organizations recognized at this level have demonstrated progress in building and deploying systematic approaches responsive to the basic requirements of the criteria. Approaches for leadership, strategic planning, and customer and market focus are fully systematic, and the organization is demonstrating many good results.

Achievement

Organizations recognized at this level have established sound, effective approaches responsive to the overall requirements of the criteria. They are generally aligned throughout the organization and demonstrate some evaluation and refinement.

They also demonstrate good results and trends for most areas important to their business requirements, with no major faults.

Excellence

Organizations recognized at this highest level have demonstrated organizational excellence relative to the multiple requirements of the criteria. These organizations show refined, fully deployed, systematic approaches, with positive trends in all key measures and results. They are well integrated and can serve as national and global role models.



Recognition is given both in a private on-site ceremony as well as an annual recognition event. The private ceremony is a great opportunity to invite employees, customers, and other stakeholders to celebrate your organization’s achievements. The public recognition event takes place the spring after your Award year.

If you would like to learn more about the Criteria, our assessment process, or the Minnesota Quality Award, please contact us. We hope we can help you on your improvement journey.

We are proud to recognize the following organizations for their achievement in the Minnesota Quality Award:

2002
Medtronic Energy and Component Center Achievement
http://www.medtronic.com
Bethel Lutheran Church Advancement
http://www.bethellutheran.com
Hearth and Home Technology, Inc. Advancement
http://www.hearthtech.com
Hubert Olson Elementary School Advancement
http://www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/indschool/OLE/OlsonHomePage.html
Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services Commitment
No website

 

2001
General Chemistry at Chaska High School  Advancement
http://www.district112.org/chs/Classes/Science/generalchemistry.htm
Direct Response Insurance Administrative Services, Inc. Commitment
http://www.driasi.com

2000
University of Minnesota Duluth Academic Services and Student Life Achievement
http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/
Honeywell Motion and Sensor Products Operation Achievement
http://www.ais.honeywell.com
Pillsbury Neighborhood Services (now Pillsbury United Communities) Achievement
http://www.puc-mn.org
Rochester Community and Technical College Commitment
http://www.roch.edu/rctc/

 

1999
Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Achievement
http://www.mncdd.org
North Star Steel Minnesota Advancement
http://www.cargillsteel.com/divisions/nss/nss_index.shtml
The Turkey Store Company (now Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc.) Advancement
http://www.jennie-o.com
University of Minnesota Duluth Academic Services and Student Life Advancement
http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/
Schwarz Williams Companies, Inc. Commitment
http://www.schwarzwilliams.com

 

1998
Alexandria Extrusion Company Achievement
http://www.alex-extrusion.com

Lutheran Brotherhood Securities Corporation

(now Thrivent Financial for Lutherans)

Achievement
http://www.thrivent.com
North Star Steel Minnesota Advancement
http://www.cargillsteel.com/divisions/nss/nss_index.shtml
University of Minnesota Duluth Academic Services and Student Life Commitment
http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/
Ah-Gwah-Ching Center Commitment
No website
BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota National Business Unit Commitment
http://www.bluecrossmn.com
Pillsbury Neighborhood Services (now Pillsbury United Communities) Commitment
http://www.puc-mn.org

 

1997
Honeywell Inc. Commerical Aviation Systems – Sensor Products Operation (CAS-SPO) Excellence
http://www.cas.honeywell.com
John Deere Company - Minneapolis , Minnesota Achievement
http://www.deere.com
Eden Prairie Schools District 272 Advancement
http://www.edenpr.k12.mn.us
Alexandria Extrusion Company Advancement
http://www.alex-extrusion.com

Lutheran Brotherhood Securities Corporation

(now Thrivent Financial for Lutherans)

Advancement
http://www.thrivent.com
Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Commitment
http://www.mncdd.org
Park Health and Rehabilitation Center Commitment
No website
Flour City Packaging Corporation Isanti Packaging Corporation Commitment
http://www.flourcitypack.com
North Central Service Cooperative Commitment
http://www.ncscmn.org/ncscmn.asp
First American Trust Company of Minnesota (now Bremer Trust) Commitment
http://www.bremer.com/personal/trust/index.cfm
North Star Resource Group Commitment
http://www.northstarfinancial.com

 

1996
Alexandria Technical College Achievement
http://www.atc.tec.mn.us
Eden Prairie Schools, District 272 Achievement
http://www.edenpr.k12.mn.us
Starkey Laboratories, Inc. Achievement
http://www.starkey.com
Rochester Community and Technical College Advancement
http://www.roch.edu/rctc/
Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3 Advancement
http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d3/
Allina Receivables Advancement
http://www.allina.com
Catalog Marketing Services Advancement
http://www.cmscms.com
Dayton ’s Commercial Interiors Advancement
http://www.workspacedci.com
Felhaber, Larson, Fenlon & Vogt, P.A. Advancement
http://www.felhaber.com
Healthspan Home Medical Equipment Services/Twin City Oxygen Advancement
http://www.twincityoxygen.com
Sprint Advancement
http://www.sprint.com
St. Paul City Council Investigation and Research Center Commitment
http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/council/circ/
Healthspan Homecare and Hospice Commitment
No website
Healthspan Transportation Services Commitment
No website
Flour City Packaging Corporation Isanti Packing Corporation Commitment
http://www.flourcitypack.com
Skyline Displays, Inc. Commitment
http://www.skyline-exhibits.com
Allina Clinical Equipment Services Commitment
http://www.allina.com
Help/Systems Inc. Commitment
http://www.helpsystems.com

1995

Computing Devices International U.S. Operations

(now General Dynamics Information Systems)

Excellence
http://www.gd-is.com
Custom Research Inc. Excellence
http://www.customresearch.com

1994
BI Performance Services Excellence
http://www.biperformance.com

 

1993
Honeywell Inc. Solid State Electronics Company (SSEC) Excellence
http://www.ssec.honeywell.com

 

1992
EMD Associates (now Benchmark Electronics, Winona Division) Excellence
http://www.bench.com
Hutchinson Technology Incorporated Excellence
http://www.htch.com

 

1991
Zytec Corporation (now Artesyn Technologies) Excellence
http://www.artesyn.com

 
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