Knoxville, TN – February 14, 2011 Power Systems, Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn., has earned TNCPE’s Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee award program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). Representatives of Power Systems, Inc. will accept the award at the 18th annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on February 23, 2011, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn.

Power Systems is a leading supplier of fitness and sports performance training equipment. They offer a large selection of innovative products, first-class training solutions, and superior customer service.

Through an annual evaluation and assessment process, the non-profit TNCPE recognizes organizations that have achieved the highest standards of excellence in their operations and results. The program uses the Criteria for Performance Excellence, established by the national Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, as the evaluation tool.

“The core values at Power Systems drive us to reach for excellence in our individual and company performance. After researching the TNCPE program, we immediately saw it as a fit with our core values, strategic plan and culture,” stated Power Systems’ COO Mike Akers. “The employees that make up the Power Systems family have pushed us to continue to move forward as an organization and this program helps us identify what we are doing well and areas that we can improve. To be recognized in our first year at the Achievement Award level is a statement about the dedication and performance of our employees.”

Awards are presented in four categories: Interest Recognition (the beginning level), Commitment, Achievement, and the highest level – the Excellence Award.

“My congratulations to Power Systems, Inc. for earning TNCPE’s Achievement Award, and for all the hard work that helped them achieve this honor,” said Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Power Systems, Inc. has met a specific set of criteria and standards only found in the country’s best-run organizations. Pursuing these standards is a significant achievement that encourages growth and innovation within the business, which helps drive economic development in Tennessee. I applaud Power Systems, Inc. for achieving this recognition.”

Recipients of Achievement Awards have demonstrated significant progress in building systematic processes using performance improvement principles. Results for some key processes show improvement that is directly attributable to a systematic improvement approach, a robust management system and performance management principles. These organizations have many practices from which other organizations can learn and grow.

“While I’m delighted to honor Power Systems, Inc. with an Achievement Award, I want to emphasize the true nature of this achievement,” said TNCPE President and CEO Kathryn Rawls. “This is so much more than a plaque on a boardroom wall. Pursuing a TNCPE award demonstrates that Power Systems, Inc. has adopted proven performance practices, principles, and strategies that nurture excellence in all aspects of business – from client relations to workforce development to results. These processes will help Power Systems, Inc. continue to be successful for years to come.”

This year, CIGNA Government Services earned an Excellence Award. Two organizations earned the TNCPE Achievement Award, 11 earned the Commitment Award and to date, four have earned Interest Recognition.

“These efforts translate into organizations where people want to work and want to do business,” said Rawls. “I’m proud that Power Systems, Inc. is among these high achievers taking such positive steps to grow internally and benefit our economy.”

Since TNCPE’s creation in 1993, more than 1,100 organizations have progressed through one or more levels of achievement. A Board of Examiners made up of experts in business, education, health care and government assessed this year’s applicants in seven categories: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.

The TNCPE program, which is itself a national and international role model, is available to all businesses, educational institutions, health care organizations, government agencies and other non-profit entities.

For more information on Power Systems, Inc., please contact Linda Miller, Vice President, Administration/HR at 865-862-7820 or lmiller@power-systems.com.

For more information on the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence, contact Katie Rawls, President, at the organization’s Nashville office: (615) 889-8323, (800) 453-6474, or katie.rawls@tncpe.org.

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