A worldwide leader in heavy-duty lighting and visibility systems has honored its global supplier of the year.
On Monday, Truck-Lite held its 2013 Worldwide Purchasing Supplier Summit with more than 150 representatives from around the world at the The Crown Theater in Jamestown. The Falconer-based company honored six businesses as its suppliers of the year. The suppliers were recognized for exceptional performance during the last year in the areas of quality, delivery, technology and commercial competitiveness.
Hao Yong Automotive Controls Ltd. was named the global supplier of the year. Also, Truck-Lite honored five businesses as regional suppliers of the year: Phoenix Metal Fabrications in the United States region; Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH in the Germany region; Leoni Wiring Systems Ltd. in the United Kingdom region; Sabic in Mexico region; and Baumann GmbH in the Poland region.
Martin Schroeder, Truck-Lite vice president of worldwide purchasing, said this is the first time the company has honored its suppliers with an award.
"We brought our global supplier base here today with the main goal to address our most important strategies," he said. "We're discussing our work in the future, what we expect from suppliers and the company's growth potential."
Schroeder said Truck-Lite officials decided to honor its suppliers of the year so the businesses they work with know what Truck-Lite officials expect from them in the future.
"It sends a message ... it sets a benchmark so they can see how to get to that level," he said. "Not only with us, but with other companies too."
Truck-Lite is headquartered in Falconer, with additional U.S. manufacturing facilities in Wellsboro, Coudersport and McElhattan, Pa.; and Saline, Mich. The business has international facilities in Harlow and Birmingham, England; Puebla, Mexico; Minsk, Belarus; Bydgoszcz, Poland; and Eisenach, Germany. Truck-Lite is a producer of safety lighting, forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety accessories to the heavy-duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries.