Eagle Ottawa Receives Top Award From Toyota Recognized for Value Improvement



    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.
 
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080409/CLW077LOGO )
 
     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
 value."
 
     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

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