GENICON Names FTSI Supplier of the Year

Mulberry, Florida, April 27, 2007/ — GENICON honored the outstanding performance of FTSI, one of the company’s Strategic Critical suppliers, with the presentation of its Supplier of the Year Award. The award was presented at FTSI in Mulberry, Florida to Dr. Richard G. Hunter, President and CEO, and Dr. Susan LeFrancois, Director of Regulatory Affairs/QA. FTSI was selected for the Supplier of the Year award through successful evaluation based on meeting high standards in the areas of technology, quality, responsiveness, delivery and cost.

“This award recognizes that an effective partnership between GENICON and its suppliers is vital in this competitive industry,” said Gary Haberland, GENICON CEO, who gave final approval for the award after committee review. “FTSI differentiated itself with high-quality delivery and product cost management as well as strong account management and quick responsiveness to GENICON’s evolving needs. FTSI is committed to providing outstanding service to its customers, and this award is tangible proof of the efforts FTSI has made to strengthen our turnaround of sterilized product deliveries, quality and overall customer support. We are honored to recognize FTSI as our first Supplier of the Year, and we look forward to furthering our partnership with this industry leader.”

About Food Technology Service, Inc.
Food Technology Service, Inc. was organized as a Florida corporation on December 11, 1985. The Company owns and operates an irradiation facility located in Mulberry, Florida, that uses gamma radiation produced by Cobalt 60 to treat or process various food and non-food items for insect disinfestations, shelf life extension and reduction of microorganisms. Operations commenced in January 1992 upon completion of its facility. For further information regarding FTSI, please visit their web site at http://www.foodtechservice.com/ .

GENICON CEO Meets with BSI Americas President

On March 1, 2007 GENICON hosted Mr. Gary Pearsons, President of BSI Americas Inc. Mr. Pearsons met with GENICON’s management team to review the history of the long association between the world’s most highly respected quality certification agency and GENICON. Over the last decade, BSI has bestowed 7 CE certificates and numerous Quality Management Systems certifications including its current registration to ISO13485:2003 to GENICON. Pictured are Mr. Pearsons and Mr. Haberland holding the latest registration certificate.

GENICON VP of Operations speaks at ASQ Meeting

On February 22, Derrell James addressed section 1509 of the American Society for Quality at the Dubsdread Country Club. The presentation, titled “From MultiNational to Start-Up: Lean Transformation for Any Business” discussed the power of integrating Lean “technical” skills with Lean “social” skills and their ability to transform any organization. By characterizing the behaviors of successful and unsuccessful leaders of large, medium, and small companies, a pattern emerges that demonstrated that the ability to engage the workforce at both the technical and personal level is where real value is created. The presentation covered the combination of necessary skills for maximum benefit, and included examples of real, tangible, measurable benefits.

Derrell James is the Vice President of Operations for GENICON, an emerging leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of endoscopic surgical equipment. He has eighteen years of experience in operations, executive management, and business development in high technology manufacturing and service industries. Previous to GENICON, Derrell served as General Manager of Sypris Test & Measurement, Plant Manager, Director of Business Development and Director of Lean Enterprise Productivity for Rockwell Collins, and Director of Manufacturing for Nacom Corporation. Derrell is a frequent speaker and writer on leadership, Lean and Six Sigma, and operational effectiveness, and has led transformations in automotive, aerospace and medical devices industries. A native of Griffin, Georgia, Derrell graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Management, and from Mercer University with a MS in Technology Management.