Hennessy Industries’ BADA wheel weight manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky., has been named a recipient of the inaugural General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for 2012.
This prestigious honor from the nation’s largest vehicle manufacturer is a testament to the people, technology and standards of excellence at the Bowling Green facility, said Hennessy Industries’ vice president for marketing, Kevin Keefe.
“Receiving a quality award from anyone is an honor, but to receive it from General Motors is especially gratifying,” said Keefe. “The supplier standards they have put in place are some of the most stringent in the industry, reflecting a relentless focus on quality that we share with them.”
The Supplier Quality Excellence Award is given to specific supplier locations, and only the top-performing suppliers are eligible to win the award, said Tom McMillen, General Motors’ executive director for supplier quality and program management.
“Suppliers that receive this award have met or exceeded a stringent set of quality performance criteria,” said McMillen. “We view product quality as the foundation for the overall customer experience. Our continued success is directly related to the performance and progress of our suppliers, as well as a shared commitment to quality.”
Tim Presley, vice president/operations for the BADA facility in Bowling Green, said the award was a much-welcomed validation of the high-quality work being done at the plant every day. BADA has supplied General Motors with steel wheel weights for use in passenger vehicle manufacturing in North America and beyond since 2005.
“Working closely with General Motors has helped us further develop world-class quality systems, processes and products,” said Presley. “As a result, we are the premier supplier of lead-free weights not only to vehicle manufacturers, but also to the automotive aftermarket.”The inaugural 2012 awards covered the period from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. General Motors said it intends to continue to recognize suppliers that have demonstrated the highest levels of quality performance on an annual basis.