Toyota Recognizes Top North American Suppliers for 2012

Mitchell Plastics and TG Missouri Corporation Earn Highest Honors
March 22, 2013
ERLANGER, Ky. (March 22, 2013) – OTICS USA, Inc., TAIHO MANUFACTURING OF TENNESSEE, LLC, Mitchell Plastics and TG Missouri Corporation earned top recognition from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., (TEMA) at its annual supplier business meeting.  The awards recognize suppliers who exceeded the company’s expectations in several categories.
OTICS USA, Inc., located in Morristown, Tenn.; TAIHO MANUFACTURING OF TENNESSEE, LLC, in Gordonsville, Tenn.; Mitchell Plastics in Huntsville, Ala.; and TG Missouri Corporation in Perryville, Mo., all received TEMA’s Superior Award for 2012 performance.  
“Toyota works closely with each supplier partner in order to build our top quality vehicles,” stated Robert Young, TEMA's purchasing vice president.  “This event emphasizes our suppliers' mutual commitment to partnership and continuous improvement, and allows Toyota to focus on building safe and reliable products.”
During the meeting, TEMA discussed business objectives with direct and indirect suppliers in preparation for the fiscal year beginning April 1.  Held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, the meeting brings together approximately 900 attendees from across North America. 
Toyota collectively spent nearly $26 billion on parts, goods and services last year in North America.  In the United States alone, there are about 50,000 supplier jobs dedicated to Toyota across more than 30 states.
Potential suppliers who wish to do business with Toyota can visit for information on the company’s purchasing policies, principles and supplier diversity efforts.

TEMA 2012 Supplier Award Recipients


Awarded to suppliers who demonstrate quality in
production, performance, delivery, warranty and service

Supplier Location Commodity Award
AISIN Chemical Indiana, LLC
Crothersville, Ind. Transmission Discs Excellent
APM Company,
Foam Products Division
Dickson, Tenn. Pad for pillar,
door trim, headlining
America, Inc.
Santa Claus, Ind.  
Brake and fuel line
Engineered Sintered Components
Troutman, N.C. Powdered Metal Components  
OTICS USA, Inc. Morristown, Tenn.  

Camshaft housing,
roller arm, balancer
Somic America, Inc.® Brewer, Maine  
Tie rod ends, suspension ball joints, stabilizer links, suspension arm
Spartan Light Metal Products
Hannibal, Mo. Camshaft housing
Gordonsville, Tenn.  
Gasket, exhaust manifold
Toyotetsu Texas, Inc.
San Antonio, Texas Stampings Excellent

Awarded to suppliers who implement supplier diversity activities and exceed targets

Supplier N.A. Corporate Location Commodity Award
Benteler Automotive   Auburn Hills, Mich. Door impact beam,
aluminum bumper reinforcement,
exhaust manifolds, stampings
Special Recognition

Awarded to suppliers who developed strategic launch plans
and confirmed successful production (Avalon)

Supplier Location Commodity Award
Mitchell Plastics
Huntsville, Ala. Defroster garnish Superior
TG Missouri Corporation Perryville, Mo. Steering wheel, airbag Superior
Toyotetsu America, Inc.
Somerset, Ky. Stampings Excellent

Awarded to suppliers who made exciting advancements in their product technology

Supplier N.A. Corporate Location Commodity Award
HP Pelzer Automotive Systems, Inc.
Troy, Mich. One piece floor insulator Excellent
I I Stanley Co., Inc. Battle Creek, Mich. Stealth LED DRL/Park function Excellent

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About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 14manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold over 2.3 million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 39,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $27 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 nearly $26 billion. Toyota currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350.
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