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Whirlpool Corporation Honors Top U.S. Suppliers
May 18, 2005
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Whirlpool Corporation announced the annual roster of the company's leading U.S. suppliers. They will be acknowledged at a Supplier Performance Awards Banquet in Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.

"Whirlpool's world-class supply base deserves part of the credit for the success we have achieved the last few years in transforming our company into an innovative industry leader that places the customer front and center of our operations globally," said Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool's chairman, president, and CEO. "To achieve the degree of customer loyalty that we are aiming for, Whirlpool depends not only on the dedication of 68,000 employees worldwide but also on the quality and dependability of our suppliers."

Out of the company's approximately 700 U.S. suppliers, Whirlpool recognized 21 companies for outstanding performance. These suppliers were judged primarily on three criteria: quality of their goods, productivity, and material management. A total of 25 supplier awards will be issued at the banquet.

The companies honored with distinction by Whirlpool Corporation and the products they supply include Chick Packaging, wood and carton material; Groschopp, Inc., motors-pumps; Mercury Plastics, Inc., fasteners and plastic extruded; Regional Die Casting Ltd., zinc and aluminum castings; and Stackpole Ltd., powder metal and iron castings.

Other honorees include American Wire Tech, Inc., electrical controls and steel components; Davlyn Manufacturing Company, seals, insulators, and shims; Innovene, plastic resin; Jabil Circuit (Huangpu Hub), Inc., electronic components; LCR Electronics, Inc., electrical components; Mansfield Industries, Inc., steel components; Marubeni America Corporation, copper; Noma Cable Tech, copper; Nueva GeneraciĆ³n Manufacturas, S.A. de C.V., electrical components; Panasonic Industrial Company, electrical components and foreign-purchased compressors; PPG Industries, Inc., paint; TH Plastics, Inc., plastic molded major and assembly & plastic molded minor; Tube Forming, Inc., copper components; and Wako Electronics (USA), Inc., electrical controls.

American Trim, LLC and Gemtron Corporation were recognized with the Innovation Award for embedding innovation-centric processes within their organizations, enabling them to bring customer-focused innovative ideas to Whirlpool on a regular basis. Whirlpool will be launching two products this year with innovative solutions provided by these companies.

Consecutive-year honorees were American Trim, American Wire Tech, Chick Packaging, Davlyn Manufacturing, Groschopp, Mansfield Industries, Nueva GeneraciĆ³n Manufacturas, Panasonic, and Stackpole.

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