Rheem Water Heaters Honors Top-Performing Suppliers
May 12, 2006
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The Supplier Development Department of the Water Heating Division of the Rheem Manufacturing Company paid tribute to 11 suppliers at its Annual Supplier Conference, held May 3-4, 2006 at the Legends at Capital Hill in Prattville, Alabama, U.S.

Simon Parfitt, president of the Rheem Water Heating Division; Bill Kennedy, supplier development manager; and Carrie Groebner, Water Heating Division purchasing manager presented a "Supplier-Partner of the Year" award to the top performing supplier in each of six commodity groupings:

  • manufactured components: Diamond Manufacturing Company (Wyoming, Pennsylvania, U.S.)
  • plastic/rubber components: Mercury Plastics, Inc. (Middlefield, Ohio, U.S.)
  • electrical-mechanical components: Channel Products, Inc. (Chesterland, Ohio, U.S.)
  • printed/packaging/insulation components: CM Associates (Tinley Park, Illinois, U.S.)
  • raw materials: Prime Steel Corporation (Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.)
  • distribution: Store Room Fasteners (Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.)

    The Supplier-Partner of the Year awards were based on supplier performance in technology, delivered product quality, service and support, delivery, and cost. In addition, the average division rating for the calendar year, the number of plants serviced and the dollar volume of purchases were factors in determining the winner for each of the six commodity groups.

    The Supplier Development Department also cited six companies for achieving "zero defects" in the products and services they supplied to Rheem Water Heating during 2005. The award recipients were:

  • Store Room Fasteners (Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.)
  • Channel Products, Inc. (Chesterland, Ohio, U.S.)
  • Corrugados de BAJA California (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.)
  • Bull Moose Tube Company (Trenton, Georgia, U.S.)
  • Effikal International Inc. (Orion, Michigan, U.S.)
  • Centro De Distribucion Del Norte s.a.de c.v. (Cedinor) (Nuevo Leon Mexico)

    A new annual supplier award was also presented to the supplier who demonstrated the most improvement in delivered product quality and supplier rating performance over the previous year. This year's winner was Allegan Tubular Products in Allegan, Michigan, U.S.

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