LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 18, 2017GE Appliances held its 2017 Presidents’ Council Summit April 18, 2017 at Appliance Park in Louisville, KY. Over 275 attendees from more than 85 key suppliers joined the GE Appliances leadership team with a theme of “Align, Inspire and Deliver”.

“Our suppliers are critical partners, and they play a vital role in the creation of our world-class appliances. Engaging their key leaders at our annual Presidents’ Council is important because it helps ensure alignment and spurs innovation,” said Melanie Cook, GE Appliances VP, Sourcing. “We congratulate all of our award winners and look forward to continuing to work together to deliver on our commitments to customers.”

The day began with a recap of 2016, a Haier Group overview, and 2017 objectives presented by GE Appliances CEO Chip Blankenship. The remainder of the day covered topics presented by GE Appliances senior leadership in the areas of sales, marketing and branding, product management, research and development, and a Mabe overview.

Awards were given to suppliers at the conclusion of the event. These awards were across nine categories with over thirty suppliers recognized for their contributions in 2016. The highlight of the awards was the Distinguished Supplier Award, which recognized those suppliers who have performed with excellence across all key categories.

Complete list of award winners recognizing their achievements in 2016:

Supply Chain Excellence
The Supply Chain Excellence Award recognizes suppliers demonstrating a high level of expertise and flexibility in the consistent management of a complex supply chain.

  • Winners: Maersk Line, The Dow Chemical Company, SPG Co., Ltd., Formtek Group

Breakthrough Innovation
The Breakthrough Innovation Award recognizes suppliers who collaborated with GE Appliances to create solutions and innovations that improved product features, productivity, quality or customer service.

  • Winners: Westrock Co.

NPI Execution
The NPI Execution Award recognizes suppliers who collaborated with GE Appliances early in the new product introduction (NPI) process, going above and beyond to minimize changes to schedule and cost targets.

  • Winners: Sun Strong Precision Metal International, Ltd., Paragon Water Systems Inc., Pennant Moldings Inc.

The Productivity Award recognizes suppliers who have delivered “above and beyond” cost out solutions year over year, enabling GE Appliances to remain competitive.

  • Winners: Spindex Precision Engineering Co., Ltd., Zoppas Industries de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.

Most Improved
The Most Improved Award recognizes suppliers demonstrating significant improvement in at least one of the following areas: productivity, quality, delivery, NPI execution and/or customer service.

  • Winner: W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Silent Warrior
The Silent Warrior Award recognizes suppliers who are the best in their field and seamlessly execute on a daily basis.

  • Winners: Norm Pacific Automation Corporation, Wabash Plastics, Inc., UPS Trade Management Services, Inc., Millennium Tool Inc.

Best New Supplier
The Best New Supplier Award recognizes new suppliers to GE Appliances that quickly integrated into the GE Appliances process and provided exceptional performance during the execution of an NPI.

  • Winners: TH Plastics, Inc., Procurement Advisors LLC.

Excellence in Quality
The Excellence in Quality Award recognizes suppliers who exceeded GE Appliances’ expectations by demonstrating excellence in quality, distinguishing them from their peers. Each recipient of the Excellence in Quality award achieved the highest level of global excellence in the “overall quality” category.

  • ECI (Huizhou) Co. Ltd., Jiangmen iDear-Hanyu Electrical Company Limited, PCI Limited, Chi Sing Metal Manufactory Company Limited, Mid-South Wire, EFP Corporation, Wabash Plastics, Inc.

Global Mindset
The Global Mindset Award recognizes suppliers who most effectively supported GE Appliances’ transition to a new parent company and worked across Haier Group businesses to meet its 2016 global objectives.

  • Winners: Embraco, Eurokera

Distinguished Supplier Award
The Distinguished Supplier Award recognizes those suppliers who have performed with excellence across all key categories.

  • Winners: PCI Limited, Eika Mexico, S.A. de C.V., United States Steel Corporation, Plastic Products Co. Inc., GWI Engineering, Inc.

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