Ace Hardware Corp.'s Ace Paint Division, Chicago, presented its "Preferred Supplier Award" to DuPont Titanium Technologies, Wilmington, DE, based on quality, service, pricing and value provided through Six Sigma methodology. DuPont Titanium Technologies has recently focused on reducing product returns, converting to bar coding for dry and slurry products, and providing technical training for customer employees. The company also developed a process to determine Ace Paint batch cycle times using the Six Sigma process, a project that resulted in reduced inventories and accelerated turnaround time.