Office of the Press Secretary


Atlanta, GA – Governor Roy Barnes announced today that Prestolite Wire Corporation – Tifton, GA, is the first manufacturing and small industry applicant to receive the distinguished Georgia Oglethorpe Award for Performance Excellence. Prestolite Wire Corporation, a 2000 award recipient, becomes only the fourth organization to receive Georgia’s highest recognition for organizational performance excellence in four years.

"The Georgia Oglethorpe Award involves a rigorous self- and third-party organizational assessment and is Georgia’s highest level of recognition for organizational performance excellence, " the Governor said. "I commend Prestolite Wire Corporation – Tifton for its commitment to and aggressive pursuit of excellence, for its outstanding overall achievements and for the contribution it makes to Tift County and Georgia."

The Georgia Oglethorpe Award, named for Georgia’s founder, James Edward Oglethorpe, was introduced in early 1997. It is the centerpiece of a broader educationally based economic-development initiative aimed at raising the performance bar of Georgia’s organizations and people, and in turn strengthening Georgia’s competitive advantage.

The low-cost, high-value assessment, feedback and recognition process is available to business, industry, government, education, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. It is based on having a management system in place, which encourages and enables the workforce to continuously make improvements in work systems, which focus on the customer and results. Georgia Oglethorpe Award Process, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that manages the program and is located at the Georgia Department of Labor. It is primarily sustained through private funds from UPS, BellSouth and Georgia Power. Assessments are completed by highly respected and educated professionals, representing the above named sector groups and various business disciplines. All applicants receive a written feedback report detailing their business strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Prestolite Wire – Tifton manufactures and assembles ignition wire systems and related components for two of the three major U.S. automakers and two major Japanese makers. These assemblies are installed on new cars sold worldwide. Prestolite Wire - Tifton also provides Product Engineering and Applications Engineering services used to design automotive ignition wire systems.

Victoria Taylor, Executive Director of the Georgia Oglethorpe Award Process said, "The Georgia Oglethorpe Award is the most difficult award in the world to receive. Prestolite is our sole Award Recipient for 2000, but we are proud of all our applicants and their achievements – particularly those who have used our process for our low-cost, high-value, assessment and feedback."


(First In The Manufacturing And Small Industry Category)

Prestolite Wire Corporation – Tifton – Achievements and Overview

The Georgia Oglethorpe site visit team noted in the feedback report, "Prestolite's winning attributes are employee empowerment, continuous improvement, and customer focus across the entire organization".

Prestolite Wire – Tifton is a role model organization to others throughout Georgia. Their achievements in addition to the Georgia Oglethorpe Award include:

Applications for the 2001 Georgia Oglethorpe Assessment, Feedback and Recognition Process will be due the end of June. Organizations interested in learning more about this process can attend The Fourth Georgia Oglethorpe Annual Conference & Awards Banquet, March 19 and 20, 2001 in Augusta, Georgia. For more information, please contact the Georgia Oglethorpe Award Process office at 404-651-8405 or (preferred).