Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc. has honored eight suppliers for superior performance in 1998.
Toyota's annual Superior Award goes to companies that meet the automaker's top standards for quality, delivery and value. The company gives the award to suppliers that 'meet all performance requirements and exceed many on a long-term basis.'
A supplier qualifies for the award in a specific area of performance, such as quality or value improvement.
This year, sheet steel producer AK Steel Corp. of Middletown, Ohio, was the only supplier to receive two superior awards - one for quality and one for delivery.
The other seven superior winners were:
Stamping supplier A.G. Simpson of Cambridge, Ontario, for value improvement.
Ambrake Corp., a brake component supplier from Elizabethtown, Ky., for delivery.
Eagle-Picher Automotive Hillsdale Division in Jonesville, Mich., a supplier of damper pulleys, for value improvement.
Plastics supplier Nova Chemicals Inc. of Monaca, Pa., for delivery.
NSK Corp., a Franklin, Ind., wheel bearing supplier, for quality.
Summit Polymers Inc. of Mount Sterling, Ky., producer of quarter vents and registers, for value improvement.
U.S. Engine Valve Co., a Westminster, S.C., supplier of engine valves, for quality.
Toyota also gave its Excellent Award to 21 North American companies.
Those winners were: Arvin North American Automotive; Associated Spring - Barnes Group Inc.; BASF Corp.; Denso International America Inc.; Federal-Mogul Corp.; Federal-Mogul's Sealing Systems Group; GE Plastics; Intermet Corp.; Johnson Controls Inc.; Johnson Controls - ASG/Battery; Liochem Inc.; Louisville Forge and Gear Works LLC; MBL (USA) Corp.; McKechnie Vehicle Components; NGK-Locke Inc.; NSK Corp.; Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc.; TRW Fuji Valve Inc.; U.S. Engine Valve Co.; Vuteq Canada Inc.; and Yokohama Tire Corp.