(Lawrenceville, PA) Sept. 26, 2019—Waupaca Foundry, a Hitachi Metals group company, has earned General Motors 2018 Global Supplier Quality Excellence Award for supply chain excellence. The award recognizes the Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania ductile iron plant, which makes suspension components for General Motors (GM).
The award is given to suppliers that meet or exceed stringent quality performance measures established by GM. Suppliers must show above-standard performance in thirteen specific requirements. Among the stringent service requirements, automotive suppliers must also meet and maintain IATF 16949 quality management standards.
“GM’s goal is to “earn customers for life.” Fundamentally, it’s about changing behaviors, holding ourselves accountable, and delivering on our commitments,” said Rick Demuynck, Executive Director, Global Supplier Quality & Development for General Motors. “It’s about putting the customer at the center of everything we do… and that applies to every function, every employee and every supplier and their family of employees as well. Through your plant’s performance, you are helping to live that culture.”
This is the seventh year Global Supplier Quality & Development presents this prestigious recognition award. Of the thousands of global suppliers to GM, fewer than 20 percent are honored annually with this award.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for our continued commitment to quality, process control, and exceptional service,” said John Wiesbrock, Waupca Foundry Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. “We’re proud of our team who comes to work focused on our customer and exceeding their expectations.”
The Lawrenceville ductile iron foundry is located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania and employs 260 people. The plant offers Hitachi Metals’ HNM® series material solutions, a high-strength ductile iron offering 15-20% mass reduction, resulting in components that are both lightweight and strong.