Cosworth Engineering Inc., an engineering service supplier in Nova, Mich., Ford Motor CO.'s Q1 Award for quality.
Lear Corp.'s Winchester, Va., injection molding plant, the 1998 Shinto Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing. The 700-employee plant supplies automotive interior parts to Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Saturn. The Shinto prize is given by Utah State University's School of Business to recognize outstanding achievements in manufacturing processes that lead to better quality, productivity and customer satisfaction. The award is named after the late Dr. Shiego Shinto, who helped develop the just-in-time manufacturing principle.
Snap-on Tools Co.'s Snap-on Diagnostics division in Lincolnshire, Ill., 1997 Supplier of the Year by Chrysler Corp.'s Pentastar Service Equipment organization. The division was honored for meeting requirements including on-time delivery, order tracking and responsiveness to customer requirements. Snap-on supplies tools and equipment for the automotive and industrial service market.
Ford Motor Co., three awards: 1. The first Quality Customer Award by architecture/engineering firm Harley Ellington Design of Southfield, Mich. The award honors customers whose integrity, leadership, quality and professionalism have positively impacted Harley Ellington and the built environment. Harley Ellington has designed research, manufacturing and assembly, office and training facilities for Ford over the past 40 years. 2. The Gas Research Institute Partnership Award, given by the Gas Research Institute for Ford's marketing strategy and technological advancements for natural gas vehicles. Last year Ford worked with customers to find applications for natural gas vehicles at airports and other locations, for use as taxi cabs, shuttles and delivery vehicles. Ford's 1998 North American natural gas vehicles include F-series pickups, Econoline vans and Crown Victoria and Contour sedans. 3. Four Ford engineers - Jeff Hepburn, Bob McCabe, Bela Povinger and Ray Willey, named Distinguished Inventors in the Intellectual Property Owners' annual Inventor of the Year competition. The Ford team developed an ultra-efficient catalyst system and engine-control strategy that enables natural gas versions of Ford's F-250 pickup and Econoline van to be certified to California's Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle standards. Intellectual Property Owners is a Washington, D.C., based association that represents owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
Lester Precision Die Casting Inc. of Solon, Ohio, the Precision Die Casting operations of ITT Automotive. Lester is a new subsidiary of aluminum die caster Global Metal Technologies Inc. of Chicago. The combined subsidiaries of Global are expected to have revenues of $225 million this year.
Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. of Romulus, Mich., the remaining 50 percent of Alumitech, its aluminum wheel joint venture with ASAHI Tech and Tomen Corp. Annual sales for Alumitech, based in Somerset, Ky., are about $50 million. Customers include Honda and Mercedes-Benz.
UT Automotive of Dearborn, Mich., a 33,000-square-foot wire harness plant in Borj Cedria, Tunisia. The plant has about 100 employees. UT Automotive plans to double the number of employees and plant size by year end. UT Automotive Europe will oversee the operation.
DCT Inc. of Detroit, an engineering office in Hancock, Mich. Engineers there will design automotive manufacturing systems and conduct research and development of new materials, products and processes.
ACIL, the Washington, D.C.-based national trade association that represents independent scientific and engineering laboratory, testing and research firms, has formed an automotive committee. The committee will provide a formal forum for representatives of automotive testing laboratories. ACIL was formerly the American Council of Independent Laboratories.