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Toyota honors top suppliers for quality, cost and delivery excellence

Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc., the U.S. manufacturing plant for Toyota lift trucks, announced the winners of its annual Supplier of the Year Award. The Quality Cost Delivery award is given to TIEM suppliers whose quality, cost and delivery exceed a 95 percent standard of excellence. This year, 13 winners were selected from more than 400 TIEM suppliers.

Suppliers are evaluated based on a parts rejection rate, their ability to meet cost reduction targets and on-time delivery performance. All points are awarded based on a corresponding scale for the fiscal year.

“Toyota has ranked highest in quality and value in independent research for 5 consecutive years. We could not have reached or maintained this position without strong partnerships with our suppliers,” said Bruce Nolting, vice president of purchasing for Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc. “We are thrilled to recognize these companies for their excellence in the industry.”   

This year’s winners are:
·         Aisan Corporation of America
·         Aisin Drivetrain, Inc.
·         MAC Machine & Metal Works, Inc.
·         Commercial Fluid Power
·         Arvin Sango, Inc.
·         Brillion Iron Works
·         US Tsubaki, Inc.
·         KYB America, LLC
·         Wayne Metals, LLC
·         Julian Electric Inc.

In addition to the 10 recipients of the QCD Award, three suppliers received a Special Service Award for their exceptional kaizen and quality improvements. Wayne Metals, Toyota Tsusho America and Precision Hydraulic Cylinders were recognized in this category.

Award recipients were honored during a ceremony at the TIEM production facility in Columbus, Ind., during the annual Supplier Conference.
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