MiMfg Magazine August 2019 - Page 24

24 MiMfg Magazine August 2019 MFG @ Work What’s Happening in Michigan Manufacturing Leading MMA Members Named as GM Global Suppliers of the Year More than 100 manufacturers from around the world were recognized this summer by General Motors as Suppliers of the Year for 2019. The coveted Supplier of the Year award honors GM supply chain partners for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, providing customers with the most innovative technologies and delivering quality vehicles. “We hold our suppliers to a high bar,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president for global purchasing and supply chain. “They went above and beyond to deliver the innovations and quality that will help us earn customers for life.” MMA member companies receiving General Motors’ Supplier of the Year award include American Axle & Manufacturing, Brose North America, DENSO International America Inc., ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants, Gallagher-Kaiser Corporation, Gentex Corporation, Lawrence Plastics LLC, Lear Corporation and Magna Powertrain USA. BorgWarner, another MMA member company, was recognized with the GM Innovation Award for creating the dual volute turbocharger used in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. This new turbocharger delivers best-in- class response time when accelerating from low speed. Lear Corp. was also honored with the GM Overdrive Award which recognizes supply partners for extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drive exceptional business results for GM. Got Good News? Share your company’s news with MMA and see it published here, through our social media channels or on mimfg.org . Send your photos, press releases and good news to MMA’s Brett Gerrish at gerrish@mimfg.org. The Supplier of the Year, Innovation and Overdrive winners were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. Winners were selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics. Energy Efficiency Rebates for Small Manufacturers The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) is offering rebates to small manufacturers to implement energy efficiency activities for completion between 10/1/19 and 7/31/20. The maximum rebate award is $15,000 per company, with a minimum 100 percent match requirement. Rebate application is intended to be straight-forward through a simple online application. Learn more about the Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot (search for “SMEWRIP”) at www. michigan.gov/energy. Spartan Motors Advances Commitment to U.S. Manufacturing with Launch of Detroit Truck Manufacturing Spartan Motors, Inc., the North American leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing and assembly for the commercial and retail vehicle industries announced this summer the launch of Detroit Truck Manufacturing (DTM), a captive channel supplier of fabricated aluminum cabs for Spartan’s fire trucks, as well as its cab and chassis product it supplies to over 40 OEM fire truck manufacturers. “I am very pleased to announce the launch of Detroit Truck Manufacturing. In addition to producing cabs designed for final stage manufacturing, this initiative further protects Spartan from potential supplier disruptions in our changing economic climate,” said Daryl Adams, president and CEO for Spartan Motors. DTM will enable Spartan to achieve greater flexibility through further insulating the organization from risk in its broader supply base, optimizing its cost structure and quality control efforts. “While we plan to further expand our supply base across the