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NASHVILLE — Companies that have successfully implemented lean manufacturing and other quality business practices are invited to apply for the 2006 Tennessee Shingo Prize.

UT, through its Center for Industrial Services, which is part of the Institute for Public Service, is the sole administration of the state award. The state program is part of the international Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing.

Letters of intent from companies that want to compete for 2006 awards are due Feb. 28, 2006. Packets should include: an Intent to Apply form; a two- to five-page description of the applicant; an explanation of the applicant’s relationship to other plants, divisions, or business units within the total company; a brief history of the company; and an application fee, which is based on the size of the company.

Applicants must complete achievement reports by April 29. From May to July, local and national Shingo examiners will make multi-day site visits to verify the achievement reports. Prize recipients will be notified between August and September, and the next Tennessee Shingo Prize recipients will be honored in November 2006.

To download application and achievement report guidelines, visit the CIS website:

For more information about the Shingo Prize program contact Misty DePriest at (615) 253-6826 or or Bill Nusbaum at (615) 532-4920 or


Amy Blakely, (865) 974-5034,