Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' Necedah Facility Focuses on Quality, Earns Ford's Q1 Supplier Certification

May 14, 2014, 11:00 ET from Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

NECEDAH, Wis., May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies' Necedah, Wisconsin gasket facility has been awarded Ford Motor Company's coveted Q1 Supplier Quality Award for its dedication to quality, delivery, service and continuous improvement programs on behalf of its customers.

The plant produces transmission and engine components for a variety of  Ford vehicles including the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty Trucks and E Series Vans.

"We are extremely proud to be recognized by Ford Motor Company as a Q1 supplier," said Daniel Hillebrand, Lead Center Manager, Stamped Gaskets. "This award reflects the dedication and hard work of the employees in Necedah to concentrate on what customers expect and need and then perform above those expectations every day.  They have earned this important recognition by staying focused on the things that really matter in a manufacturing plant – quality, service, delivery, safety and true collaboration with the customer and each other."

The plant hosted Ford officials today at a Q1 Supplier celebration that included presentations, plant tours and a company picnic.

Ford Motor Company annually bestows its Q1 supplier status to those facilities that demonstrate commitment to fundamental quality and manufacturing disciplines that ensure success and promote continuous improvement. The auto company evaluates suppliers on the basis of quality, delivery, service, manufacturing capability and trust when considering a Q1 designation. Suppliers must hit benchmarks in each of these important areas and also implement and support ongoing programs that drive excellence throughout the facility to receive Q1 status from Ford.

"Our status as a Q1 quality supplier to Ford is significant to our customers, employees, company and community," said Jeremy Gilbert, Operations and GROWTTH manager for Necedah. "This designation allows us to pursue new business opportunities that could potentially lead to job growth and new economic activity in Necedah and the surrounding region. This is great news for Freudenberg-NOK and the local economy."

About Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between Freudenberg and Co. in Germany and NOK Corp. in Japan. Freudenberg-NOK is a leading producer of advanced sealing technologies for a variety of markets including: aerospace; agriculture; appliance; automotive; construction; diesel engine; energy; food and beverage; heavy industry; and pharmaceutical. Founded in 1989 under the legal name Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Freudenberg-NOK is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich. and operates more than 20 facilities across the Americas. For additional information, please visit

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