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Rich Products' Texas Plant Receives TMAC Performance Excellence Award

U.S. Rep Blake Farenthold Helps Recognize Achievements of Brownsville Facility

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Sept. 1, 2011 – Rich Products Corporation’s Brownsville plant has been honored with a Performance Excellence Award from the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) of The University of Texas-Pan American. 

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, of Texas’ 27th District, presented the award to Mike Heggie, plant manager of Rich’s Brownsville facility, during ceremonies Sept. 1 at the plant.

The TMAC Performance Excellence Award recognizes Rich’s for its leadership and contribution toward increasing the competitiveness of manufacturing, through the company’s exhaustive efforts to maximize efficiencies and control costs.

In 2008, TMAC partnered with the Brownsville operation to provide several Rich’s employees with Six Sigma training and project implementation assistance, as part of Rich’s ongoing commitment to continuous business improvement, explained Henry Oh, South Texas regional director for TMAC.

Practiced today across a range of industries, Six Sigma is a systematic methodology that utilizes information and statistical analysis to measure and improve a company's operational performance, practices and systems by identifying and preventing “defects” in manufacturing and service-related processes.

Rich’s Brownsville personnel have used their new Six Sigma tools to help reduce costs and increase efficiency at the plant, which produces products for SeaPak Shrimp Company.  SeaPak is a leading retail brand owned by Rich’s that markets top selling frozen, specialty shrimp and seafood to consumers nationwide. 

“I am pleased to know that the TMAC program works with manufacturers to increase their ability to produce and compete,” said Farenthold.  “This is a testament that, as Americans, we can do it better, faster and cheaper, and that things we are doing in Washington are making progress and having great results in our South Texas region.  It is with great pleasure that we see South Texas, Rich Products and TMAC focused on maintaining jobs in the United States.”

“Rich’s is very proud to be partners with TMAC and The University of Texas-Pan American, and we’re honored to receive this award,” said Heggie.  “This skills training and development program is another demonstration of our company’s belief in investing in our associates and our communities.  It also has enhanced our competitiveness in the marketplace.  Rich’s has built a strong foundation here in South Texas, helped by the state’s pro-growth, business-friendly environment.”

The University of Texas-Pan American is located in Edinburg.  TMAC is an affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Its mission is to increase the global competitiveness of the Texas economy by working with the extended manufacturing enterprise.  TMAC delivers training and hands-on technical assistance to a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, government and healthcare.  Focus areas include lean enterprise, technology solutions, strategic management, quality systems, environment and safety. The training was sponsored in part by a Skills Development grant awarded to The University of Texas at Brownsville and South Texas College, who reached out to TMAC to facilitate the training.

 About Rich Products Corporation
Rich Products Corporation is the founder of the non-dairy segment of the frozen food industry and a leading supplier and solutions provider to the retail, food service, and in-store bakery marketplaces.  The company, with annual sales now exceeding $2.9 billion, employs more than 8,000 people worldwide and sells 2,000 products across 100 countries.

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