Crown Equipment Corporation earned a prestigious “Preferred Supplier of the Year” award from Schneider Electric. Each year, the energy management leader honors a select group of its suppliers that demonstrate outstanding performance in the following categories: quality of supplies, service level, productivity, competitiveness, innovation, sustainable development and responsiveness. Schneider Electric announced its winners at a “Preferred Supplier” event where 330 high-performance suppliers gathered to collaborate on best practices and innovative approaches to current challenges. René Orlandi, chief purchasing officer, Schneider Electric, said in a company news release, "This was an amazing opportunity for Schneider Electric to bring together so many high-performance suppliers and share best practices, individual developments, progress and future goals. Suppliers are the cornerstone of Schneider Electric’s business development strategy and we think that it is crucial to build a close dialogue with them – as our partners."