Issue: Oct 2007


Johnson Controls Honors 43 Top Suppliers with Performance and Leadership Awards



Winning companies were acknowledged during annual awards ceremony in Michigan

by Rob White

To recognize and award outstanding innovation, dedication and commitment, Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) last week honored its top performing automotive suppliers during its North American Supplier Performance Awards celebration. Held at the company's Holland, Michigan Technical Center, a total of 46 awards were given to 43 supplier companies that have provided exceptional service to the Johnson Controls automotive experience business throughout the past year.

"We are proud to honor the outstanding suppliers that have exhibited excellence in their performance and dedication to quality throughout the year," said Terry Nadeau, vice president and general manager of North American Purchasing for Johnson Controls. "Providing exemplary products and services to our customers is a top priority for Johnson Controls, and these honored suppliers are a critical component to our continued success in this area."

Johnson Controls' North American Supplier Performance Awards are presented annually for superior performance in key business areas: quality; cost; logistics; development; technology and service. Outstanding performance by the company's supply base is recognized on three levels -- gold, silver and bronze.

Recipients of the Gold 2007 Supplier Performance Award were:
-- Acoustek Nonwovens Troy, Michigan
-- Air Products Allentown, Pennsylvania
-- AKKO Fasteners Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio
-- Alex Products Ridgeville Corners, Ohio
-- Argent International Inc. Plymouth, Michigan
-- ARJ Jackson, Tennessee
-- Creative Foam Corp. Fenton, Michigan
-- Decker Peninsula, Ohio
-- Emhart Shelton, Connecticut
-- Global Enterprises Huntington Woods, Michigan
-- Guelph Tool Inc. Guelph, Ontario, Canada
-- Haartz Corp. Acton, Massachusetts
-- Hatch Chesterfield, Michigan
-- Innotec Zeeland, Michigan
-- JaeYoung Solutec Co. Ltd. Inchon, Korea
-- Kongsberg Farmington Hills, Michigan
-- Oakwood Dearborn, Michigan
-- PLDS Gyor, Hungary
-- Polimeros del Uretano Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico
-- Precision Die Cutting Chicago, Illinois
-- QSN Industries Wood Dale, Illinois
-- Serigraph West Bend, Wisconsin
-- Solectron Milpitas, California
-- The Gemini Group Bad Axe, Michigan
-- WET Automotive Systems Ltd. Windsor, Ontario, Canada
-- YKK North America Group Macon, Georgia


Silver 2007 Supplier Performance Award recipients were:
-- Automatic Spring Products Inc. Grand Haven, Michigan
-- Avery Dennison Strongsville, Ohio
-- CIPA Port Huron, Michigan
-- CNI Madison Heights, Michigan
-- Gill Industries Inc. Grand Rapids, Michigan
-- Greenfield Research Greenfield, Ohio
-- Kimball Electronics Renosa, Mexico
-- Manufacturers Industrial Group Lexington, Tennessee
-- Superior Rollforming Valley City, Ohio
-- Thistle Molded Group LLC East Troy, Wisconsin


Recipients of the Bronze 2007 Supplier Performance Award were:
-- Beachmold Queretaro, Mexico
-- Capro Willis, Texas
-- Eagle Ottawa Auburn Hills, Michigan
-- Kenwal Steel Corp. Dearborn, Michigan
-- Orchid Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
-- Termax Lake Zurich, Illinois




In addition, four other performance awards were presented by Johnson Controls officials during the ceremony.

Johnson Controls recognized Innotec of Zeeland, Michigan with its Leadership Award for Community Partnership for the company's collaborative work with Johnson Controls to serve and support the local community.

The Environmental and Safety Award, a new recognition for 2007, was awarded to YKK North America Group of Macon, Georgia for exemplifying excellence in the areas of safety for their employees, and concern for the environment and use of recyclability throughout their manufacturing process.

Delaco Kenwal Steel Corp. of Dearborn, Michigan earned Johnson Controls' Minority Business Development Leadership Award for its level of diversity purchases and process of working with minority suppliers.

The Strategic Partnership Award, which is granted to the company that takes a leadership role and works closely with Johnson Controls to support the company's supplier enterprise strategy, was awarded to Manufacturers Industrial Group of Lexington, Tennessee.

Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings.

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