Issue: Nov 2010


Grede Receives Award from Thomas Built Buses



by Steve Barclay

Grede Holdings LLC, a leading manufacturer of high quality cast, machined and assembled components for the transportation and industrial markets, today announced it has received an award for outstanding performance from Thomas Built Buses, based in High Point, NC.

The bus manufacturer’s “Silver Award” recognizes suppliers who have received a 90 percent or higher average on the Thomas Built Buses Supplier Performance Report, which measures engineering, scheduling and logistics, purchasing, quality and warranty. Grede manufactures suspension components and brackets for Thomas Built Buses at its Biscoe, NC, facility.

“We’re very pleased to have received this award from Thomas Built Buses because the high rating validates Grede’s focus on customer service and quality,” said Richard Cabadas, general manager, Grede Foundry – Biscoe Division. “We value our relationship and this recognition from Thomas,” added Tony Lovell, vice president, Sales and Marketing. “It reflects our long-standing philosophy of going the extra mile to exceed our customers’ expectations.”

About Grede Holdings LLC

Grede Holdings LLC was formed in 2010 through the combination of assets of the former Grede Foundries, Inc. with Citation Corporation. The Grede Holdings LLC legacy dates back to 1920, when William J. Grede founded Grede Foundries, Inc. with an iron foundry in Wauwatosa, Wis. Privately-held with headquarters in Novi, Mich., the company specializes in high quality ductile, gray and specialty iron castings, including lost foam and high silicon molybdenum applications. Grede Holdings LLC operates 13 foundries and two machining operations in the United States serving the Transportation and Industrial markets globally.

About Thomas Built Buses

Thomas Built Buses (www.thomasbus.com) is the leading manufacturer of school buses in North America, with more than one-third of the market. Since the first Thomas Built bus rolled off the assembly line in 1936, the company has been committed to delivering the smartest and most innovative buses in North America.

Thomas Built Buses, Inc. is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company


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