DETROIT -- Seventy-six of General Motors Co.'s 19,996 suppliers earned Supplier of the Year recognition from the automaker this month.
Winning top-supplier honors in GM's 2009 competition was particularly demanding because the award covered one of the toughest years in GM's 101-year history: the year it filed for bankruptcy.
In a GM blog, Bob Socia, vice president for global purchasing and supply, said, "The suppliers who outperformed their objectives in quality, technology, service and price in that environment truly are world class."
The competition last year was so demanding that the automaker did not single out one top performer -- unlike the previous year, when Gentex Corp. got the top award. "All deserved it," said GM spokesman Alan Adler.
Mann + Hummel USA Inc., a supplier of filter and air intake systems, was one of the honorees this year, continuing a string that stretches back 18 consecutive years. Mann + Hummel GmbH, of Ludwigsburg, Germany, is the supplier's parent company.
The next-longest string belongs to Denso Corp., of Kariya, Japan, with 17 awards.
U.S. suppliers again dominated the list of top suppliers for 2009, with 27 on the list. They included several repeat honorees, including Lear Corp., Johnson Controls Inc. and mirror maker Gentex.
The second most-represented nationality was South Korea. GM honored 17 Korean suppliers, a number that has doubled since 2005.