Johnson Controls Captures Major Ford Award


    PLYMOUTH — Ford Motor Company recently honored Johnson Controls with a 2000 World Excellence Award, recognizing the firm as one of the automaker’s top performing suppliers in the world last year.

    Though headquartered in Milwaukee, Johnson has a manufacturing operation in Holland and a controls group in Wyoming.

    At a ceremony held last month in the Detroit Opera House, Johnson Controls accepted a Ford Recognition of Achievement award for outstanding performance for warranty-reduction activities in automotive seating and interiors during 2000.

    In a statement released for the ceremony, Rande Somma, president for North America for the Automotive Systems Group of Johnson Controls, said “This prestigious award reflects very favorably on our employees for the outstanding quality, craftsmanship and focus on customer satisfaction they have delivered to Ford throughout the world.

    “We are honored,” he added, “to receive this award, and we will sustain a strong commitment to maintaining our successful partnership with Ford in the coming years,” he added.

    Ford Group’s vice president of global purchasing and vice president for South America, Carlos Mazzorin, called Johnson Controls one of Ford’s most valuable assets.

    “Without their efforts we could not have achieved many of our goals in 2000,” said Mazzorin of Johnson Controls and the other suppliers Ford honored.

    The World Excellence Awards program provides annual recognition based on quality, cost and delivery metrics jointly developed by Ford and its suppliers.

    Johnson was one of 38 suppliers from 14 countries winning awards from Ford in four categories.

    Earlier last month, Fortune magazine named Johnson Controls as the top automotive parts supplier on its Most Admired Companies List. The publication rated the company on its management quality, product quality, creativity, investment value, financial soundness, talent, social responsibility and use of assets.

    Fortune’s winners were selected from the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue and the 25 largest U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned firms.

    Johnson Controls provides interior systems and components for a variety of Ford products made in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. These products include seat systems, door panels, overhead systems and batteries.

    The Plymouth-based automotive business of Johnson Controls employs over 77,000 at 285 facilities worldwide. The company will supply interior products for more than 24 million vehicles this model year.

    Founded in 1885, Johnson Controls has its headquarters in Milwaukee and had sales that totaled $17.2 billion in 2000.

    The company is traded on the NYSE under the symbol JCI.

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