Issue: Jun 2007


UGN, Inc. Receives Honda Quality Performance Award



by Lenny Case

UGN, Inc. has been honored with the 2006 Honda Quality Performance Award. This is the second consecutive year the company has received this prestigious award and was among 59 suppliers recognized for outstanding performance in the areas of quality, delivery, productivity improvement, and corporate citizenship. In all, Honda has more than 600 North American suppliers with purchases exceeding $17.6 billion last year.

"This is a significant award for each of you, and I am privileged to present you with this 2006 Honda Quality Performance Award, said Leo Kelly, East Liberty Staff Engineer, "That's why your involvement is so important to assure best quality, delivery and productivity for the customers who buy Honda products. Each of you contributes to the success of our companies in a very competitive business environment."

To meet Honda's performance criteria for each of the quality, delivery and productivity improvement awards, a supplier must be at the top of their commodity classification as measured by Honda's index in that area. In addition, the supplier has to demonstrate superior performance in the other performance areas.

"We are honored to be recognized as one of Honda's top suppliers," said Peter Anthony, president and CEO of UGN. "This award validates the hard work by all of our team members through their continuous dedication and commitment to provide quality products, while giving our customers complete satisfaction."

As one of Honda's original suppliers, UGN provides acoustic and interior trim products to all Honda vehicle platforms, supporting production in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Honda representatives presented the award to UGN team members at UGN's Jackson, Tenn., facility in June.

Marking 25 years of auto production in the United States later this year, Honda has been manufacturing automobiles in the U.S. longer than any other international auto manufacturer. Honda of America Mfg. began auto production in 1982 at the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. Since then, Honda plants and their supplier partners in North America have produced more than 17 million cars and light trucks.

Headquartered in Tinley Park, Ill., UGN was incorporated in 1986 as a joint venture between Rieter Automotive Systems and Nihon Tokushu Toryo (Nittoku). Rieter's innovative leadership and theoretical acoustics combined with advanced manufacturing processes and quality system design by Nittoku have established UGN as a preferred supplier of acoustic, interior trim and thermal management products to the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America. For more information on UGN, visit the company's web site at www.ugnusa.com.

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