Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America Inc. has honored Midwest suppliers for excellence in quality, timely delivery and competitive value. The 1997 Supplier Award recipients are: AP Technoglass Co. of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Mattoon Precision Manufacturing Inc. of Mattoon, Ill.; Mitsubishi Electric Manufacturing Cincinnati Inc. of Mason, Ohio; Briskin Manufacturing Co. of Chicago; Janesville Products of Norwalk, Ohio; Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc. of Battle Creek, Mich.; Daikin Clutch Corp. of Belleville, Mich.; Purodenso Co. of Jackson, Tenn.; NTN Driveshafts Inc. of Columbus, Ind.; Tigerpoly Manufacturing Inc. of Grove City, Ohio; Trelleborg YSH Inc. of Carmi, Ill.; PML Inc. of Paris, Tenn.; Plastene Supply Co. of Portageville, Mo.; Continental Structural Plastics of Petoskey, Mich.; McKechnie Vehicle Components of Nicholasville, Ky.; and Piqua Technologies Inc. of Piqua, Ohio. Denso Manufacturing Tennessee Inc. of Marysville, Tenn., and NTN Driveshafts Inc. of Columbus, Ind., received 1997 Service Parts Awards. PPG Industries Inc. of Normal, Ill., and Henkel Surface Technologies of Madison Heights, Mich., received 1997 Raw Materials Awards.
Allen Breed, chairman of Breed Technologies Inc. of Lakeland, Fla., received the Automotive and Transportation Interiors Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the automotive interiors industry. In 1968 Breed developed the first electromechanical automotive crash sensor based on ball-in-tube technology.
Reynolds Metals Co.'s McCook, Ill., sheet and plate plant received Ford Motor Co.'s Q1 quality award. The plant supplies body sheets for the Ford Taurus and Lincoln Town Car.
Ford Motor Co.'s Climate Control Operations received first prize in a Knowledge Based Organization competition sponsored by Concentra Corp. of Burlington, Mass. Ford developed an intelligent model for air conditioning fluid transport assemblies using Concentra's ICAD software.
Five Johnson Controls Inc. operations won 1997 Shingo prizes. The awards, sponsored in part by the National Association of Manufacturers, recognize improvements in quality, productivity and customer satisfaction. Noted were plants in Georgetown, Ky.; Jefferson City, Mo.; and Linden and Pulaski, Tenn. TechnoTrim, a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Tachi-S in Livonia, Mich., was also honored.
Seat cover supplier TechnoTrim of Livonia, Mich., broke ground for a new plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The new site will create 800 jobs. Production begins in February 1998. TechnoTrim is a joint venture between Johnson Controls, of Milwaukee and Tachi-S, of Tokyo.
Retlif Testing Laboratories has opened an engineering office in Southfield, Mich. It will provide EMC, acoustic noise and environmental simulation testing.
Eagle Ottawa Leather Co. opened a leather cutting and finishing plant in Juarez, Mexico. It will supply the North and South American leather seat cover market and employ more than 650 workers.
Astechnologies Inc., a laminated products supplier in Roswell, Ga., opened a sales, manufacturing and service site in Monroe, Mich. It will process interior trim components. The company also has formed an alliance with European Laminating Co. SA of Brussels to develop new products.
Freudenberg-Vitech LP opened an automotive interiors manufacturing center in Lowell, Mass. The site will support a $5 million joint venture between Freudenberg Nonwovens of Durham, N.C., and Japan Vilene Co. Ltd. of Tokyo. The plant will produce nonwoven auto headliner materials.
DuPont Automotive will supply its Vespel polyimide material to Freudenberg-NOK for use in aftermarket parts. Although the heat-resistant material has been used in original equipment parts for nearly 20 years, the Freudenberg-NOK contract represents the first aftermarket application, according to DuPont. Freudenberg-NOK's first use will be on transmission seal rings, replacing OE seal rings also made of the material. DuPont Automotive is based in Troy, Mich.
Donnelly Corp. of Holland, Mich., received a commitment to supply electrochromic mirrors for a new full-sized sport-utility to be built in the United States. Production is scheduled for summer 1999. Donnelly expects to make 50,000 of the mirrors annually for the life of the vehicle program.
Bundy Corp. will lease 48 acres of its Cynthiana, Ky., plant property as a construction site for 150 mobile homes to house victims of this spring's floods. The land will be leased to the state of Kentucky for $1 for 18 months. Bundy employees have raised $12,000 to aid fellow flood-affected workers. The amount has been matched by the company. Bundy, based in Detroit, supplies small diameter fluid carrying systems.
QS-9000/ISO-9002: Dayton, Ohio, plant of MetoKote Corp., a supplier of protective coating services.
QS-9000: Six of Denso International America Inc.'s North American plants have been certified. They are in Battle Creek and Jackson, Mich.; Maryville and Jackson, Tenn.; Statesville, N.C.; and Anderson, S.C. The Southfield, Mich., headquarters also received certification.
ISO-9002: Tube Processing Corp.'s Indianapolis-based CTP Division, a maker of rigid tubular steel fabrications and weldments.