AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Ottawa, the world's
largest supplier of automotive leather, received a coveted Excellent Value
Improvement Award from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North
America, Inc. (TEMA) at the company's Annual Supplier Business Meeting and
Awards Ceremony held in Covington, Kentucky on March 4.
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The awards recognize those suppliers who exceeded the company's
expectations in the following areas: Launch Performance, Technology,
Supplier Diversity, Value Improvement and Quality. Toyota's annual event
brings together approximately 500 North American suppliers to communicate
objectives for the current year, recognize top supplier performance for the
prior year and enhance relationships.
"TEMA works closely with our North American suppliers in order to build
our top quality vehicles; therefore, we take this opportunity to recognize
outstanding performance of our top suppliers," stated Atsushi "Art" Kume,
Senior Vice President of TEMA. "Suppliers' commitment to continuous
improvement is key to achieving Toyota's long term focus on quality and
Toyota established operations in North America in 1957 and currently
operates 13 manufacturing plants. In addition, new plants are under
construction in Ontario, Canada and Mississippi. There are more than 1,700
Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than
2.9 million vehicles in 2007.
Toyota directly employs over 43,000 in North America and its investment
here is currently valued at more than $21 billion, including sales and
manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and
design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services
from North American suppliers totals more than $30 billion per year.
Toyota currently produces 11 vehicles in North America, including the
Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia,
Tacoma, Tundra and the Lexus RX 350. When production begins in Ontario and
Mississippi, Toyota will have 15 manufacturing plants with the annual
capacity to build approximately 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.49 million
engines and 425,000 automatic transmissions. For more information about
Toyota, visit www.toyota.com .
Contact: Annabel Cohen (248) 364-7442
SOURCE Eagle Ottawa