Tennessee Valley Authority presented Zycron with the Diverse Supplier of the Year Award at its 2016 Supplier Diversity Outreach Summit on June 7.

The award – which TVA says highlights Zycron’s outstanding contributions over the past year – is another testament to the strong partnership Zycron has maintained with TVA for the last 24 years.

“As our first major customer, TVA took a chance on Zycron in 1992 and gave us an opportunity to do business. We haven’t looked back since,” Zycron Executive Chairman Darrell S. Freeman said. “As a native of Chattanooga, I am personally grateful that doing business in the Tennessee Valley has allowed Zycron to create jobs and provide a positive economic impact for the community.”

The Supplier Diversity Summit was a day of learning and networking opportunities in Memphis, Tenn., where small business participants learned the basics of contracting with TVA. And TVA executives reminded participants that they “bring a variety of thought, background and experience,” and their success “directly benefits the individual communities in which you live, which in turn strengthens the whole Tennessee Valley.”

Zycron is celebrating 25 years in the information technology industry, and TVA has been a major factor in its growth. When Zycron began working with TVA in 1992, Zycron had two employees. Today Zycron has more than 350 employees, is one of the largest IT services firms based in Tennessee, and has received numerous awards and recognition including: Best of Staffing Client Satisfaction National Award, No.1 Tech Services Firm by Nashville Business Journal, Business Journal Future 50 (four-time award winner) and Inner City 100 Company. TVA exposed Zycron to many cutting edge technologies, and it was able to use the experience gained at TVA to court other major customers around the country.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.