Toyota Honors Top Suppliers

Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (TIEM, Columbus, Ind.), the U.S. manufacturing plant for Toyota lift trucks, announced the winners of its annual Supplier of the Year Award. The Quality Cost Delivery (QCD) award is given to those TIEM suppliers whose quality, cost and delivery exceed a 95% standard of excellence.

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.

This year, seven winners earned the coveted award, from more than 75 suppliers used by TIEM.

“Our ability to provide the highest quality lift-trucks to our customers while maintaining our exceptional customer service is heavily dependent on the performance of our suppliers,” said Bruce Nolting, vice president of logistics, production control, purchasing, sales and service parts, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing. “We believe this award reflects both our suppliers’ commitment to the Toyota Way, as well as our appreciation for their hard work and dedication. We are thrilled to have these suppliers among this year’s award winners.”

This year’s winners are:

• Advance Wheel Corporation - Chicago, Ill.
• Aisin World Corporation of America, Crothersville, Ind.
• Champion Graphics Corporations, Cincinnati, Ohio
• DTR Tennessee Inc., Midway, Tenn.
• KYB America LLC, Lombard, Ill.
• Sanko Electronics America Inc., Charleston, W. Va.
• Trident, Hicksville, Ohio

In addition to the seven recipients of the QCD Award, two suppliers received a Special Service Award for their contributions to the launch of the 8-Series, Toyota’s new line of 3,000-6,500 lb, internal combustion cushion and pneumatic tire lift trucks. Tasus Corporation of Bloomington, Ind., and Yazaki North America, Inc., of Lexingon, Ky., were recognized in this category.

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