Global Automotive Systems Facility Receives General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

Metal Systems of Canada Operations Delivers Exceptional Quality Performance to Achieve Prestigious Customer Recognition

Dec 11, 2012, 16:00 ET from DURA Automotive Systems

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global Automotive Systems (GAS) has announced that its Metal Systems of Canada operations, located in Dundalk, Ontario, has been recognized by General Motors (GM) for exceptional quality performance. During a ceremony at the facility, GM presented the esteemed Supplier Quality Excellence Award to employees.

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The GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award is presented to supplier facilities that demonstrate top performance in several areas including product quality, on-time delivery and cross-functional support. Suppliers are evaluated across a set of 13 metrics which reflect the supplier's entire quality performance. The Metal Systems of Canada facility is one of a select group of global supplier sites that has received this honor. In 2012, GM will recognize approximately 7% of product suppliers – those who have demonstrated the highest levels of quality achievement over the previous 12 month period.

"On behalf of our Metal Systems of Canada and Global Automotive Systems team, we are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award," said Henry Whiting, President of the Structural Systems Division.  "Our focus on providing exceptional product quality and innovative solutions is part of our overall customer value proposition. We look forward to growing our relationship with General Motors."

Global Automotive Systems and the Metal Systems of Canada facility operate as part of the Structural Systems Division with affiliate DURA Automotive Systems. Together the Structural Systems Division offers automakers a worldwide portfolio of advanced lightweight structures that contribute to safety and fuel economy objectives. The Metal Systems of Canada site supplies original equipment products to GM, including rocker panels for popular crossover and sport utility vehicles. The facility is TS16949 certified and utilizes a precision rollforming process to fabricate the rocker panels and other structural supports from high strength steel.

About Global Automotive Systems:

Global Automotive Systems (GAS), a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading independent supplier of lightweight structural systems to automakers and tier one suppliers. GAS fabricates products from high strength materials using specialized processes including rollforming, stamping, machining, robotic welding and assembly. GAS is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA. Information about GAS and its products is available on the internet at

About DURA Automotive Systems:

DURA Automotive Systems, a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading independent designer and manufacturer of control systems, exterior systems and structural systems for the global automotive industry. DURA markets its automotive products to every North American, Asian and European Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and many leading Tier One automotive suppliers. DURA is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, with more than 11,000 employees in 35 manufacturing operations in 15 countries. Information about DURA and its products is available on the Internet at

About Patriarch Partners:

Patriarch Partners, LLC, is an investment firm and holding company managing 75 companies with annual revenues in excess of $8 billion. Founded by Wall Street veteran Lynn Tilton in 2000, Patriarch is dedicated to saving American manufacturing jobs by saving American companies that have fallen from economic favor. Since inception, the Patriarch family of funds has bought more than 150 companies, and in so doing has saved over 250,000 jobs. Patriarch's platform includes a broad range of industrial concerns including Dura Automotive, Global Automotive Systems, Rand McNally, MD Helicopters and Spiegel Catalogs. Under Ms. Tilton's leadership, Patriarch has become the largest woman-owned business in America with companies in its platform providing employment to more than 120,000 persons. For more information, please visit:

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