Freightliner Recognizes 44 Suppliers as Masters of Quality

PORTLAND, OREGON…Freightliner LLC has named 44 manufacturers as recipients of the company’s Masters of Quality award for 2001. The recognized suppliers provide top quality components for vehicles bearing the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star or American LaFrance nameplates. The 15-year-old Masters of Quality program recognizes suppliers who meet or exceed Freightliner's stringent quality standards and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the quality of their products.

“Our suppliers play a large role in helping us deliver high quality commercial vehicles that provide our customers with significant competitive advantages,” said Roger Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer for Freightliner LLC. “Freightliner’s Masters of Quality demonstrate the best efforts of the supply chain that supports our North American manufacturing system.”

Reflecting Freightliner’s significant manufacturing presence in the Carolinas, ten suppliers from North and South Carolina made the list. Eight award winners represented Oregon, the home of Freightliner LLC’s corporate headquarters and the Portland Truck Manufacturing Plant. Also of note: sixteen manufacturers received the award for the first time this year. Since its introduction in 1987, no supplier has won a Masters of Quality award every year of the program.

The longest running Masters of Quality award winner is Consolidated MetCo Inc. and its wheel hub plant in Monroe, N.C. The ConMet facility is the first supplier to win the award for twelve years. Paramount Bedding Inc. of Damascus, Ore., won the award for the eleventh year. Paramount supplies mattresses for the sleeper units in Freightliner trucks.

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

Twelve-year recipient

Consolidated MetCo Inc., Monroe, N.C.

Eleven-year recipient

Paramount Bedding Inc., Damascus, Ore.

Ten-year recipient

Consolidated MetCo Inc., Clackamas, Ore.

Nine-year recipient

Sears Manufacturing Company, Davenport, Iowa

Eight-year recipients

Accuride Corporation, London, Ont.

Accuride Corporation, Henderson, Ky.

Consolidated Metal Products, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

Dana Corporation, Henderson, Ky.

Flexalloy Inc., Portland, Ore.

Horton Industries Inc., Britton, S.D.

MGM Brakes Inc., Murphy, N.C.

Michelin Tire Corporation, Greenville, S.C.

Seven-year recipients

Flexalloy Inc., St. Thomas, Ont.

Julian Electric Inc., Westmont, Ill.

Six-year recipient

Flexalloy Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

Five-year recipients

Lord Corporation, Industrial Product Division, Cambridge Springs, Pa.

Lord Corporation, Industrial Product Division, Bowling Green, Ky.

Sapa Anodizing Inc., Portland, Ore.

Four-year recipients

East Penn Manufacturing Inc., Lyon Station, Pa.

Meritor Automotive On-Highway Axle Division, Fletcher, N.C.

Temco Metal Products Company, Clackamas, Ore.

TRW Inc. Ross Gear Division, Lebanon, Tenn.

Two-year recipients

Bostrom Seating Inc., Piedmont, Ala.

Meritor Automotive, Transmission Division, Laurinburg, N.C.

Parker Hannifin (Canada) Inc., Grimsby, Ont.

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Brass Products Division, Portland, Ore.

Standard Register, Radcliff, Ky.

Tifton Aluminum Company, Tifton, Ga.

First-year recipients

Aluminum Company of America, Cleveland, Ohio

Boyd Corporation, Portland, Ore.

Consolidated MetCo Simplex, Monroe, N.C.

Dana Corporation, Humboldt, Tenn.

Detroit Diesel Corporation, Detroit, Mich.

Detroit Diesel Corporation, Canton, Ohio

Flexalloy De Mexico S.A. C.V., Toluca, Mexico

Grote Industries, Madison, Ind.

Haldex Corporation, Grain Valley, Mo.

Mayflower Vehicle Systems Inc., Norwalk, Ohio

Meritor Automotive, Driveline Division, Manning, S.C.

Mervis Steel Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Metform Inc., Savanna, Ill.

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Mooresville, N.C.

Thermoform Plastic Inc., Belmont, N.C.

Tube Specialties Company Inc., Troutdale, Ore.

Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Freightliner is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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