June 3, 2004

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New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. receives EPA Award

Peterborough, NH. - The HiTech Division of NHBB was recently given the EPA's "Director's Award for Mentoring" for assisting their suppliers in developing their own environmental management systems.

As one of 344 members of the National Environmental Performance Track program, NHBB goes far beyond compliance with their environmental management system (EMS). Recognizing that the company's supply chain has a major environmental impact, the company began working with their suppliers to reduce those impacts. Partnering with the EPA's New England Office, NHBB developed a pilot program for nine of their vendors that included six months of training, access to NHBB senior management, and preferred supplier status upon completion of an environmental management system.

"Our mentoring and community programs are really paying off in terms of environmental awareness," said Patti Carrier, HiTech's Environmental/Facilities Manager. "We've been able to share what we've already learned and continue to build on that in partnership with all of our stakeholders, whether that be employees, customers, or vendors."

NHBB has been a member of the Performance Track program since 2000 and is committed to its goal of continuous environmental improvement.

The details of the above release is posted in "The eBearing News" on "eBearing.com"
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