Leaders of Akebono Brake Corp., Elizabethtown, Kentucky, recognized Batesville Tool & Die as the best of their 400 suppliers in 2013 at a brief ceremony and lunch for employees July 8 at the Batesville plant. This is the second time Akebono has recognized BTD with the Supplier of the Year award.
“I’ve visited more than 600 facilities (to evaluate them), and I find the people and technology at Batesville Tool & Die stand at the top of them all,” said David Hartley, ABC corporate quality manager. Akebono provides brake assemblies to all major car manufacturers.
“In 2013, we shipped approximately 11 million parts to Akebono facilities throughout North America to be used on 25 different models made by GM, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Ford, including the Shelby Mustang,” stated Lance Green, BTD vice president of materials. “What stands out is that we achieved zero defects and zero missed deliveries.”
Hartley pointed out the continuous advancement in new technologies. “The technology advancements are key, but… Batesville Tool & Die has put together a great team that made this happen. I can’t thank the people here enough for their performance. They impressed us.”
“Our people are what sets us apart from our competitors,” Green agreed.
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