Wabash National Corporation recognized top suppliers during its annual supplier conference. More than 300 attendees representing 240 companies attended the conference in Lafayette, Ind., during which 29 suppliers received awards for exceptional performance, according to an announcement.
“This year’s conference theme—’Becoming Agents of Change’—was purposeful and timely. As Wabash National grows and expands its ability to create a better tomorrow, we need partners who aren’t afraid to collaborate, innovate and grow with us,” says President and CEO Brent Yeagy. “This year’s supplier award winners not only demonstrated exceptional scorecard metrics, they also supported key initiatives that enable Wabash National to be an agent of change in our industry.”
In addition to scorecard metrics of delivery, quality, cost, service and support, key initiatives that were included in the award criteria included collaboration on product technology, supporting the company’s growth and implementation of savings and value creation.
The top award, Wabash National’s Pinnacle Award, recognizes the company’s supplier of the year. The 2018 Pinnacle Award went to Dow Chemical, which supplies the company with plastic resin for its DuraPlate composite panels and foam for refrigerated vans and tank trailers.
“We’re honored to recognize Dow Chemical as our Pinnacle Award recipient for their outstanding performance,” says Nick Adler, vice president of supply chain management. “This was the second Pinnacle Award for Dow Chemical and ninth Wabash National supplier award overall.”
Twenty-two companies received Platinum Awards for excellence in supply chain performance. Platinum Award winners were (in alphabetical order):
3D Machine, Inc.
Alcorn Industrial, Inc.
All State Fastener Corp
FedEx Freight Services
Jost International *
Kauffman Engineering, Inc.
Midland Stamping & Fabricating
Pacific Metal Company
Shandong Machinery Group
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Steel of West Virginia
WABCO USA *
Waters Industrial Supply
Webb Wheel *
Whiting Door Manufacturing Corporation
(HDMA Member Companies*)
In addition, Bunker Water Jet Cutting LLC, Crossroads Galvanizing LLC, Engineered Components Company, Northern Safety & Industrial/Wurth Group, Tri-Esco, Inc. and Werner Electric received Distinguished Supplier Awards for outstanding customer service, business responsiveness and performance.