Several state business leaders are trying to create a Utah Quality Award and believe it will take about one year before the first awards are given, according to Ross Robson, executive director of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing.
Creating the award was one of the items discussed during the first All-Utah Competitiveness Through Quality and Productivity Conference in the Salt Lake Hilton. Seven companies who have been honored for their quality made presentations on how they won the awards.Robson said a move to create a Utah Quality Award started about a year ago, and he was designated to pull it together. It will take between $50,000 and $100,000 to create the award, with most of the money going to pay for a full-time staff person and travel, he said.
Robson already has some financial support but needs some long-term commitments to make it a viable program. Robson said 32 other states have similar awards.
One of the first steps will be appointment of a a 12-member advisory council in January, hiring the staff person, training a board of examiners and establishing the criteria for the award. It will take about four months for the board of examiners to read the submissions and visit the companies.
Sponsors of the quality conference were the Utah State University College of Business; the Association for Quality and Participation; the Salt Lake Chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society; the Golden Spike and Salt Lake chapters of the American Society for Quality Control; and the Shingo Prize.
Others are the Utah Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management; the State Office of Education; the Utah Manufacturers Association; Utah Business Magazine; and the Utah Division of Business and Economic Development.
Some of these have pledged financial support to the award.