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Bridgestone Earns Supplier Award from GM and Caterpillar

imagesTwo Bridgestone Americas Inc. tire plants have been honored for supplier excellence from General Motors Co. (GM) and Caterpillar Inc.

Bridgestone’s passenger tire plant in Wilson, N.C., received a GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award for 2016. This is the plant’s fifth year to receive the GM award.

“At Bridgestone, we are committed to working with GM to provide the highest quality products and solutions that reflect our combined focus on performance, sustainability and innovation. We are honored to be recognized by GM for the delivery of high quality products that meet the dynamic needs of the driving public,” says Michael Darr, Wilson plant manager.

Bridgestone says the Wilson plant has been a leader in tire manufacturing innovation during its 43-year history. It was one of the first Bridgestone plants to produce DriveGuard run-flat tires, the first full line of premium, all-season replacement tires engineered to go up to 50 miles after a puncture.

The Wilson plant is currently undergoing a major expansion, with Bridgestone planning to invest up to $344 million in the facility over the next 10 years.

The company says this multi-phase expansion will allow Wilson to meet global demand for high value added tires, as well as improve quality and productivity while reducing costs. The project will add manufacturing space to accommodate new tire assembly machines, materials handling systems, curing presses and associated equipment.

This new space will enable the Wilson plant to potentially increase plant capacity by up to 3,000 tires per day, which, if fully realized, could bring daily production at the Wilson plant to 35,000 tires by 2018.

Bridgestone’s agriculture tire manufacturing plant in Des Moines, Iowa, achieved the highest level in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) Certification: Platinum Level.

Bridgestone says this represents a significant milestone for the company and the Firestone Ag team, as the Des Moines Plant received Gold Level in the Caterpillar SQEP Certification for the past three years. “To achieve Platinum Level in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process certification program says a great deal about Bridgestone’s commitment to consistently achieve high standards of quality, productivity and efficiency in support of our customers,” says Greg Halford, Des Moines plant manager.

Bridgestone says the SQEP Certification demonstrates the strong values and ethical principles of Bridgestone in conducting business, as well as the company’s commitment to collaborate with Caterpillar to implement a culture aiming for “zero-defects” across the supply chain. Recognition levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, reflected in order of increasing difficulty, distinguish outstanding supplier quality performance.

Caterpillar’s SQEP Certification was created to recognize a supplier’s dedication to providing superior quality, and only is awarded to suppliers who demonstrate world-class performance on an ongoing basis. Each year, suppliers are evaluated with increasingly strict criteria for distinguishing outstanding supplier quality, exceptional service and delivery performance.

The Des Moines, Iowa, plant opened in 1945 and produces agricultural, construction, forestry and off-road tires. The plant has received numerous awards, including the 2016 Gold Leadership Award (Baldrige) Award from Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence.

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Hankook and Bridgestone Earn GM Supplier of the Year Honors

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Hankook Tire America Corp. and Bridgestone Corp. received supplier of the year awards from General Motors Co. at the auto manufacturer’s 25th annual supplier awards ceremony.

This is the first time Hankook has received the award. This is the second straight year and 15th occasion that Bridgestone has received this award, which includes the Bridgestone Americas Inc. division.

GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded its expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. It is the most suppliers GM has recognized since introducing the Supplier of the Year program in 1992.

“We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain. “The companies we recognize tonight not only have brought innovation, but also delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”

The winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in product purchasing, indirect purchasing, customer care and aftersales, and logistics.

“Acknowledged by our partners, this award is an additional proof point which testifies to Hankook Tire’s technology leadership and premium quality,” said Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook. “We will continue to thrive as a global premium brand by providing innovative, top-quality tires to our partners worldwide.”

Said Mike Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada, for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: “I am proud of the effort and dedication that earned Bridgestone this honor for the 15th time. This award is a testament to our product, engineering and manufacturing performance at Bridgestone, and belongs to the dedicated teammates across our global organization who bring value and innovation to partners like GM.”

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Bridgestone Names GM Supplier of the Year

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General Motors named Bridgestone Corp. the 2015 General Motors Supplier of the Year during General Motors during its 24th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony in Detroit, Mich. This is the 14th time Bridgestone has received the award.

“This award is a tribute to our employees worldwide who engineer the high quality tires and provide the exceptional service that outstanding partners like GM have come to expect from Bridgestone,” said Mike Martini, president, original equipment, U.S. and Canada consumer tire sales division, Bridgestone Americas. “We are honored that GM has recognized us for a 14th time for providing innovative solutions to meet the emerging needs of their customers.”

GM also honored Continental AG with a Supplier of the Year award at the ceremony.

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