Toyota Recognizes Top North American Suppliers for 2013

Toyota Recognizes Top North American Suppliers for 2013

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Johnson Controls, Inc., Otics USA, Inc. and Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee, LLC. earn top honors

ERLANGER, Ky. (March 12, 2014) – Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) awarded three suppliers with top honors based on their 2013 performance. Johnson Controls, Inc., OTICS USA, Inc. and TAIHO MANUFACTURING OF TENNESSEE, LLC each took home a “Superior” supplier award at TEMA’s annual business meeting, an annual gathering of companies that produce parts and materials for Toyota’s 12 North American models.
Johnson Controls, Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., took home the prize for “Superior” performance in supplier diversity while OTICS USA, Inc., located in Morristown, Tenn. And TAIHO MANUFACTURING OF TENNESSEE, LLC, in Gordonsville, Tenn., each received superior awards for Quality performance.
Twenty-nine suppliers received “Excellent” awards for their performance in categories including supplier diversity, value improvement and quality performance. Launch performance awards were also given for the new models of Toyota’s RAV4, Tundra and Corolla.

“Toyota works closely with each supplier partner to build our vehicles to the high-quality, safety and reliability standards our customers expect,” said Robert Young, TEMA's purchasing vice president. “We were pleased to award those in our supply base who go above-and-beyond. This event emphasizes our mutual commitment with supplier partners to continuously improve to build “always better cars” in North America.”

During the meeting, TEMA addressed business objectives and goals in preparation for the fiscal year beginning April 1. TEMA’s President and CEO Simon Nagata attended, as well as presidents and other executives from Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing facilities.

Held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, the meeting brings together approximately 1,000 attendees from across North America.

Collectively, Toyota spends over $32 billion on parts, goods and services in North America. In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 60,000 supplier jobs dedicated to Toyota across more than 30 states.

TEMA 2013 Supplier Award Recipients

Awarded to suppliers who implement supplier diversity activities and exceed targets
Supplier N.A. Corporate Location
Commodity Award
Johnson Controls, Inc. Milwaukee, Wis. Seats, Overhead Console, Injection Molding, Headliner, Door Trim, Battery Superior
Continental Automotive Systems Auburn Hills, Mich. Blind Spot Monitor, Instrument Cluster, Heater Controls, Anti-Lock Brakes Special Recognition of MBE Development
GENTEX CORPORATION Zeeland, Mich. Exterior mirrors, Inner Rearview Mirrors Special Recognition of MBE Improvement


Awarded to suppliers who developed strategic launch plansand confirmed successful production


Supplier N.A. Plant Location
Commodity Award
Aisin World Corp. of America Stratford, Ontario, Canada Sunroof Excellent
JTEKT Automotive South Carolina Piedmont, S.C. Rear Half Shaft Assemblies Excellent
Kawasaki Tennessee Morristown, Tenn. Engine Mount, Differential, Support Spacer Excellent
Tenneco Cambridge Cambridge, Ontario, Canada Exhaust Assembly Parts Excellent


Supplier N.A. Plant Location
Commodity Award
Toyoda Gosei Texas, LLC San Antonio, Texas Injection Moldings Excellent


Supplier N.A. Plant Location
Commodity Award
Arvin Sango Canada Inc. London, Ontario, Canada Exhaust Pipe Weld Assembly Excellent
CITIC Dicastal Co., Ltd. Romulus, MI 17” Alloy Wheel Excellent
FUEL TOTAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION Lebanon, Ky. Fuel Filler Pipe Excellent
Johnson Controls, Inc. Milton, Ontario, Canada Seat Set Excellent

Awarded to suppliers who excel in efforts to reduce total cost with innovative and creative ideas.

Supplier N.A. Corporate Location
Commodity Award
Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. Springboro, Ohio Radio, Display Audio, Lexus Navigation, XM Radio Tuner Excellent
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Bowling Green, Ky. Heater control, Antennas, Body/Engine ECUs Excellent
Toyoda Gosei North America Corporation Troy, Mich. Steering Wheels, Injection Molding, Weatherstrips, Interior Plastics, Exterior Grills Excellent


Awarded to suppliers who demonstrate quality in production, performance, delivery, warranty and service
Supplier N.A. Plant Location Commodity Award
OTICS USA, Inc. Morristown, Tenn. Large Die Casting / Machining, Hot Forging Superior
TAIHO MANUFACTURING OF TENNESSEE, LLC. Gordonsville, Tenn. Seals / Gaskets Superior
ADVICS North America, Inc.
ATTC Manufacturing, Inc.
Tell City, Ind. Rotor / Drum Excellent
AGC Automotive Americas Co. San Antonio, Tex. Glass Excellent
Aisin Chemical Indiana, LLC Crothersville, Ind. AT Components Excellent
Blue Ridge Metals Corporation Fletcher, N.C. Hot Forging Excellent
CURTIS-MARUYASU AMERICA, INC. Santa Claus, Ind. Tubes Excellent
CURTIS-MARUYASU AMERICA, INC. Lebanon, Ky. Tubes Excellent
ELSA LLC Elwood, Ind. Fuel Tank, Plastic, Steel Excellent
ENGINEERED SINTERED COMPONENTS Troutman, N.C. Powder Metal-Engine Excellent
FUEL TOTAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION Lebanon, Ky. Fuel Filler, Fuel Tank, Plastic Excellent
Hayashi Canada Inc.
(Hayashi Telempu North America Corporation)
Stratford, ON, Canada Dash and Hood Insulators, Floor Carpet Assembly Excellent
HHI Forging LLC – FormTech Industries Royal Oak, Mich. Wheel Hubs Excellent
HHI Forging LLC – Impact Forge Group Columbus, Ind. Hot Forging Excellent
ITW Deltar Engineered Fasteners Chippewa Falls, Wis. Injection Molding, Injection Molded Fasteners Excellent
Reyes Amtex Automotive San Antonio, Tex. Dash and Hood Insulators, Floor Carpet Assembly Excellent
Somic America, Inc. ® Brewer, Maine Ball Joints, Stabilizer Links, Suspension Links Excellent
Sonoco Protective Solutions – Mt. Pleasant Plant
(Hayashi Telempu North America Corporation)
Mt Pleasant, Tenn. Dash Panel Insulator Excellent
Spartan Light Metal Products
Hannibal, MO Plant
Hannibal, Mo. Large Die Casting/Machining Excellent
Techform Products, Ltd. Penetanguishene, ON, Canada Hinges Excellent
Toyoda Gosei Automotive Sealing Mexico San Luis Potosi (MX) Weatherstrips Excellent


About Toyota
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.23 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. 

Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good.  (NYSE:TM)  For more information about Toyota, visit
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), headquartered in Erlanger, Ky., is responsible for Toyota’s engineering design, development, R&D and manufacturing activities in North America.  TEMA’s Toyota Technical Center (TTC) operates engineering, research and development facilities in Ann Arbor, Mich, including Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC).

Carri Chandler  
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