Daimler Trucks North America Recognizes 33 Masters of Quality Suppliers

PORTLAND, Ore. – Aug. 17, 2012 – Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has recognized 33 North American manufacturers from the United States and Mexico as recipients of Daimler Trucks North America's Masters of Quality Supplier Award for 2011. The selected suppliers provide top quality components for Freightliner and Western Star truck brands.

The 25-year program recognizes suppliers that meet or exceed Daimler Truck North America’s stringent quality standards and have also received high scores on

their delivery, technology and cost performance as measured on a Balanced ScoreCard. These suppliers demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of their products and the overall performance of their business.

Roger Nielsen, chief operating officer for Daimler Trucks North America, praised the suppliers stating, “Daimler Trucks North America is the quality and market share leader in our industry. We rely on the contribution of our suppliers to be successful. The work done by our Masters of Quality award winners is crucial to our enduring success. The winners of the Masters of Quality award represent the ‘best of the best’ among our suppliers.”

Added Paul Romanaggi, general manager of Quality and Supplier Management for DTNA: “In light of last year’s continued increased demand, our Masters of Quality suppliers maintained the level of excellence that enabled us to deliver high quality trucks that provide our customers with the best value and significant competitive advantages. The Masters

of Quality winners are the role models for our entire commercial vehicle industry supplier base.”

The Masters of Quality award is the highest recognition that DTNA gives to its suppliers.

Ten manufacturers received the award for the first time. Topping the list this year was Consolidated MetCo Inc. and its wheel and hub Plant in Monroe, NC. The ConMet facility has received the award 22 out of the past 25 years.

The complete list of Masters of Quality award winners is as follows:

Twenty two-year recipient

Consolidated MetCo Inc., Monroe, North Carolina

Eighteen-year recipient

Consolidated MetCo Inc., Clackamas, Oregon

Paramount Bedding, Inc., Tualatin, Oregon

Fifteen-year recipient

Julian Electric Incorporated, Westmont, Illinois

Fourteen-year recipient

East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, Pennsylvania

Nine-year recipient

Conmet de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Eight-year recipient

Cummins Engine Company, Inc., Lakewood, New York

The Standard Register Company, Dayton, Ohio

Six-year recipient

Remy Componentes S. de R.L. de C.V., Alternator and Motor Plant, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

DuPont Performance Coating, LLC., Wilmington, Delaware

Five-year recipient

Temco Engineered Products, Clackamas, Oregon

Four-year recipient

Betts Spring Company, Fresno, California

Continental Automotive Guadalajara S.A. de C.V., Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico

SMC Corporation Mexico S.A. de C.V., San Mateo Atenco, Mexico, Mexico

Gates Corporation, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Mooresville, North Carolina

Three-year recipient

SMC Corporation of America, Noblesville, Indiana

SMC Corporation Mexico S.A. de C.V., Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Phoenix International, Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico

Two-year recipient

CMP Pratsa, S.A. de C.V., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Consolidated Metco, Inc., Etowah, Tennessee

FAS Controls Inc., Shelby, North Carolina

Pilkington North America, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico

First-year recipients

Carling Technologies Inc., Plainville, Connecticut

Cummins Emission Solutions, Mineral Point, Wisconsin

DENSO International America, Inc., Southfield, Michigan

Enerya, S.A. de C.V., Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Gates de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Toluca, Mexico

Inteva Products, LLC, Matamoros Operations, Matamores, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Julian Electric de Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V., Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

Engineered Plastic Component, Siler City, North Carolina

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Portland, Oregon

Phillips Industries, Electrical Harness Division, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico

For more information about Daimler Trucks North America, go to www.Daimler-TrucksNorthAmerica.com.

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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