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Honda recognizes top suppliers for Maintenance, Repair, and Operational Services - Acrux among the honorees

Honda honored 10 suppliers earlier this week that provide Maintenance, Repair, and Operational (MRO) services and products to its manufacturing operations in Ohio and Indiana with its Supplier of the Year award. Honda also recognized another six suppliers with its Special Recognition Award at its annual MRO Supplier Conference.

Honda’s MRO purchasing for the company’s Ohio and Indiana manufacturing operations totaled almost $950 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. This is up substantially from the
$737 million in the previous fiscal year, due primarily to increasing production levels to meet customer demand for Honda and Acura automobiles. Nearly $100 million went to minority and women-owned companies in the last fiscal year, representing more than 10 percent of the total.

More than 5,000 MRO suppliers provide Honda plants with a wide range of goods and services that support the manufacturing of automobiles, as well as their engines and transmissions. They include local businesses as well as national companies, and many have grown along with the expansion of Honda manufacturing operations during the more than 30 years the company has produced cars in America.

Addressing representatives from nearly 150 companies attending the event, Pam Heminger (pictured), division manager of purchasing for Honda of America, Mfg., Inc., expressed appreciation for the role they have played in the growth of Honda in North America, and the important role they are continuing to play as Honda implements new production technologies.

“Together, we have faced a never-ending series of challenges as we grew from one plant to the 14 that we have in North America today,” Heminger said. “And we’re building not only cars and light trucks, we’re increasing production of the engines and transmissions that power them as well.”

The Supplier of the Year Award goes to the top companies in various business categories that primarily support Honda automobile manufacturing facilities, based on excellence in safety, quality, cost, delivery, and management. The Special Recognition Award is presented to suppliers that demonstrated the ability to overcome uncontrollable circumstances, perform admirably on a major project, or demonstrated exceptional effort to exceed customer expectations.

During the annual MRO Supplier Conference, leadership from Honda also provided an overview for the upcoming year, and direction on what Honda and its suppliers need to do to meet high customer expectations in a challenging business environment.

“Last year, we produced the most cars and trucks in North America we have ever made in a single year,” said Jim Wehrman, senior vice president of Honda of America Mfg. with responsibility for supply chain, production engineering, and environmental management strategies. “After 30 years of building cars in America, we are shifting into even higher gear, as we grow our capabilities and assume a much larger global role within Honda.”

2013 Honda MRO Supplier of the Year Awards

KNB Tools of America

Plain City, Ohio

Production Cutting Tools

Drills, taps, inserts, tool holders, cutters and die punches


Paragon Service and Supply

Lima, Ohio

Production Cutting Tools – Distribution

Metalwork tooling, suppliers and services


Stratosphere Quality

Fishers, Indiana

Industrial Services

Contingent manpower, powered industrial vehicles, part repairs, calibration, leased office equipment


Morrison Tool and Fabrication

Morrison, Tennessee

“A” Rank Custom Fabrication

Development and manufacturing of specialty rack for the delivery of OEM supplier parts to our assembly operations



Pell City, Alabama

“B” Rank Dunnage

Development and manufacturing of specialty dunnage for the delivery of OEM supplier parts to our assembly operations


Acrux Investigation Agency

Lakeview, Ohio


Security, janitorial, cafeteria/ vending, building cleaning and maintenance, health care, travel and uniforms



Melville, New York

Administration – Talent  Management

High-quality associates for a wide range of areas


Cisco Systems

Columbus, Ohio

Information Services

Communication systems, infrastructure maintenance and support, mobile devices and various hardware/ software


RPM Carbide

Arcadia, Ohio

Precision Measurement

Parts and equipment that demand very tight tolerances and control

Applied Industrial Technologies

Cleveland, Ohio

Power Transmission

Belts, chains, gears pumps and hydraulics




2013 Honda MRO Supplier Special Recognition Awards

Recognizes suppliers for exemplifying outstanding project initiatives to achieve and promote innovation within the Central Region facilities.



Powell, Ohio


A provider of electrical and mechanical components, Autoelectros consistently goes above and beyond expectations to assist Honda teams during construction of highly automated work cells.


Mitsubushi Electric Company

Vernon Hills, Illinois


A strategic partner with Honda’s North America Engineering Center, Mitsubushi demonstrates a high level of commitment by bringing in additional resources, hardware and software to support current and future Honda operations.

Creative Techniques CTI

Auburn Hills, Michigan


A provider of mass production packaging, Creative Techniques displayed outstanding performance with the development of multiple complex packaging designs for launch of the 2013 Honda Accord.


Panel Controls

Anna, Ohio


Panel Controls personally delivered and supported installation of control panels within days of its initial visit to bring a project by another vendor back on schedule.


Chemtreat, Inc.

Allen, Virginia


A provider of water treatment and chemical treatment services, Chemtreat has shown exemplary dedication to reduce waste and protect equipment, and identify opportunities to improve Honda’s operations.



Naperville, Illinois


A provider of integrated water treatment systems, Nalco continually looks for ways to reduce Honda’s water consumption and chemical usage in efforts to minimize Honda’s environmental impact.


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