Six Companies Win Bell Atlantic Supplier Excellence Awards

Six Companies Win Bell Atlantic Supplier Excellence Awards

Winners Cited for Helping Bell Atlantic Provide Outstanding Service to its Customers

December 30, 1997

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NEW YORK -- Six companies, ranging in size from a small provider of

telecommunications systems to a commercial airline, have won

Bell Atlantic Supplier Excellence Awards for providing outstanding

service to the corporation during the past year.

Bell Atlantic (NYSE: BEL) selected the winners from its entire supplier

base of more than 6,500 companies. The suppliers were judged on performance,

service, delivery and customer satisfaction for the products and services they

provided to Bell Atlantic.

"Our suppliers play a vital role in Bell Atlantic's efforts to provide

outstanding service to our customers," said Len Garrambone, vice president of

Corporate Sourcing. "The Supplier Excellence Awards enable us to thank the

winners for their hard work and dedication to excellence, which have helped

Bell Atlantic maintain our competitive edge."

Bell Atlantic presented the awards in three categories -- manufacturing,

service and small business. The winners are:


  • Hitachi Data Systems, a service and sales organization for a variety of

    computer products manufactured by Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) Hitachi Data

    Systems provides Bell Atlantic with mainframe computers, data storage devices

    and professional services. The company has its headquarters in Santa Clara,

    Calif., and has 2,400 employees worldwide.

  • Siecor Corp., which provides Bell Atlantic with fiber optic cable and

    accessories for its telecommunications network. The company has its

    headquarters in Hickory, N.C., and has 5,500 employees worldwide.


  • The Delta Shuttle, an operating unit of Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL), which

    provides hourly flights between New York and Washington and New York and

    Boston. Delta Air Lines has its headquarters in Atlanta and has more than

    71,000 employees worldwide.

  • Transportation Displays Incorporated, which installs and maintains the

    advertising displays on Bell Atlantic's outdoor pay phone kiosks in the five

    boroughs of New York City. The company has its headquarters in New York City

    and has 1,000 employees worldwide.

  • Yellow Freight System, which delivers supplies and equipment to Bell

    Atlantic's facilities throughout its 13-state region. Yellow Freight has

    24,000 employees and has its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.

Small Business

  • Tekelec (Nasdaq: TKLC), a provider of telecommunications systems, which

    supplies sophisticated, high-speed packet switches that are an integral part

    of Bell Atlantic's telecommunications network. The company has just over 400

    employees and has its headquarters in Calabasas, Calif.

A Bell Atlantic executive will present a trophy and a banner to each

winner at individual ceremonies in January at the winners' corporate

headquarters. In addition, Bell Atlantic recently placed full-page ads in The

Wall Street Journal and USA Today to congratulate and thank the winners.

Garrambone said that supplier recognition programs have become a trend as

businesses of all sizes seek to control costs and add to their bottom lines by

more closely managing the purchase of goods and services.

"In order to control the costs of goods and services and maintain high

quality, you need to develop effective working relationships with your

suppliers and motivate them to meet higher and higher standards," Garrambone

said. "A supplier recognition program accomplishes that in two ways. It

enables a company to publicly praise suppliers that have done an outstanding

job -- which is obviously helpful to those suppliers -- and it encourages a

company's other suppliers to raise the level of their performance."

Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and NYNEX --

is at the forefront of the new communications, information and entertainment

industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and 5.8 million wireless

customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced

wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the

world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies

are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global

communications markets, with operations and investments in 21 countries.