Toyota Suppliers Recognized for Superior Performance At Annual Event

March 16, 2016
ERLANGER, Ky. (March 16, 2016)  – Toyota suppliers FUEL TOTAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION of Lebanon, KY; OTICS, USA, Inc. of Morristown, TN; Somic America, Inc. of Brewer, ME; Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. of Bowling Green, KY; and Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee LLC of Gordonsville, TN; received the company’s highest supplier recognition, the Superior Award for Quality during its Annual Supplier Business Meeting Tuesday, March 15, at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.  One supplier, NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTING, MÉXICO-SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, SLC, received the Superior Award for Launch Performance.

"Toyota collaborates with each of our supplier partners in order to build vehicles with the high quality, safety, and reliability standards that our customers expect, said Toyota Purchasing Senior Vice President Bob Young. This event highlights our supplier partners’ commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration to build ‘ever better cars’ in North America.   We are pleased to recognize those in our supply base who exceed our high performance targets and thank their team members for their tremendous support and partnership.”

Additionally, 42 supplier companies received Awards of Excellence or Special Recognition in categories including; supplier diversity, value improvement, value analysis achievement, quality, technology and development and launch performance for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma (see chart below).

During the meeting, Toyota addressed business objectives and goals in preparation for the new fiscal year beginning April 1.  Toyota Technical Center President Seiya Nakao attended the meeting as well as executives from Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing facilities.  The meeting brings together approximately 1,000 attendees from across North America.

Toyota spends over $32 billion annually on supplier parts, goods and services in North America.  This volume of business creates more than 60,000 jobs across 30 states.

Fuel Total Systems Corporation Fuel filler, plastic fuel tank Lebanon, KY Quality
OTICS USA, Inc. Large die casting/machining, hot forging Morristown, TN Quality
Somic America, Inc. Suspension links, ball joints & stabilizer links Brewer, ME Quality
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc. Antennas, sensors, wire harness Bowling Green, KY Quality
Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee LLC Seals/gaskets Gordonsville, TN Quality
North American Lighting Mexico, San Luis Potosi, SLP Exterior lighting San Luis, PO, Mexico Launch
Flex-N-Gate Moldings, grills & ornamentation, bumper R/F, engine undercover,  tow hitch, spoiler, pedals & PKB, misc. exterior Urbana, IL Technology & Development
Pacific Industries USA, Inc. Body shell, assembly stampings, hinges, tire valves & caps, wheel trim, engine plastics Fairfield, OH Technology & Development
Toyotetsu America, Inc. Suspension stampings, RR suspension arms, assembly stampings, body shell, hood locks, pedals & PKB Somerset, KY Technology & Development
Johnson Controls, Inc. Seats Plymouth, MI Supplier Diversity
Tenneco Exhaust systems Monroe, MI Supplier Diversity
Autoliv ASP, Inc. Airbags Auburn Hills, MI Value Improvement
Central Motor Wheel of America Steel wheels, aluminum wheels Paris, KY Value Improvement
Franklin Precision Industry Charcoal canister, engine plastics, fuel & air valves, throttle body/ISCV/VSV Franklin, KY Value Improvement
Pioneer Automotive Technologies, Inc. Multimedia Farmington Hills, MI Value Improvement
S&A Industries Corporation Engine plastics, silencers & butyl, blow molding - interior parts, silencers & butyl Akron, OH Value Improvement
NTN Bearing Corporation of America Driveshaft Columbus, IN Value Analysis
3M Automotive Roof drip clips Wellington, OH Quality
AGC Automotive Americas Co. Fabricated & encapsulated glass San Antonio, TX Quality
Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, Inc. Engine plastics, large die casting/machining, pistons, water pump, oil pump Clinton, TN Quality
Aisin Mexicana S.A. de C.V. Door checks, exteriior door handles, door locks & related components, misc. locks & mechanisms Laredo, TX Quality
Aisin Chemical Indiana, LLC AT components Crothersville, IN Quality
Aisin Automotive Casting, LLC Large die casting/machining London, KY Quality
Arvin Sango, Inc., Campbellsburg, Kentucky Exhaust systems Campbellsburg, KY Quality
Arvin Sango, Inc., Henderson, Tennessee Body shell, exhaust systems Madison, IN Quality
Autoliv ASP, Inc. Airbags Ogden, UT Quality
BOCAR GROUP Large die casting/machining, permanent mold/die casting Mexico City, DF, Mexico Quality
Cataler North America Catalytic converter Lincolnton, NC Quality
Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. Anti-lock brakes Silao, GJ, Mexico Quality
D.A. Inc. Injection molded fasteners, injection molding - small Charlestown, IN Quality
DENSO International America, Inc., Air Systems Mexico HVAC system, radiator Ennis, TX Quality
DENSO International America, Inc., DMAR - SPARC HVAC system, cooling fan Osceola, AZ Quality
DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc. F/I Division Fuel injector Athens, TN Quality
DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO Logistics Nashville, Tennessee VVT, throttle body/ISCV, VSV, heater control, oxygen/A/F sensor, key-off pump, convenience electronics, display products  Apodaca, NL, Mexico Quality
Kawasaki Tennessee, Inc. Large die casting/machining, permanent mold/die casting Morristown, TN Quality
Litens Automotive Partnership Tensioner/idler pulley Woodbridge, ON, Canada Quality
Litens Automotive Partnership Tensioner/idler pulley Concord, ON, Canada Quality
Multimatic Manufacturing Door checks Concord, ON, Canada Quality
Sanoh America, Inc., Mount Vernon Plant Tubes, hoses Mt. Vernon, OH Quality
Spartan Light Metal Products, Hannibal, MO Plant Large die casting/machining Hannibal, MO Quality
Takumi Stamping Texas Inc. Body shell, assembly stampings San Antonio, TX Quality
TPR AMERICA, INC. Piston rings Manitowoc, WI Quality
AW NORTH CAROLINA, INC. AT components, drivetrain/AT assembly Durham, NC Launch Performance
Arvin Sango, Inc., San Antonio, Texas Exhaust systems San Antonio, TX Launch Performance
Central Motor Wheel of Mexico Aluminum wheels San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico Launch Performance
Futaba Industrial Texas Corp. Body shell, assembly stampings San Antonio, TX Launch Performance
Gentex Corporation Inner rear view mirrors, exterior mirrors Zeeland, MI Supplier Diversity
Magna Inner rear view mirrors, fab. & enc. glass, weatherstrips, bodyside molding, misc. exterior, grills & ornamentation Newmarket, ON, Canada Supplier Diversity

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit
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Toyota Suppliers Receive Superior Quality Performance Award for 2015 - TAIHO Manufacturing of Tennessee, LLC.

Taiho Manufacturing of Tennessee was one of five Toyota suppliers to receive the Superior Award for Quality at the Toyota Purchasing Annual Business Meeting Tuesday, March 15, 2016.  Posing are TEMA Purchasing Executive Advisor Nobuhisa "Noby" Tanaka (left to right), Taiho executive Toru Takasu, Taiho executive Nancy Cottrell, Taiho executive Vanessa Williams, Toyota Technical Center President Seiya Nakao and TEMA Purchasing Senior Vice President Robert Young.
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