LAFAYETTE, IN--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - Wabash National Corporation (
"All our suppliers are critical partners who aid us in delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions for our diverse group of customers across the country and around the world," said Dick Giromini, Wabash National Corporation president and CEO. "This select group of recognized suppliers has gone above and beyond to demonstrate leadership, which allows Wabash National to keep industries moving forward."
Nearly 350 attendees including representatives from more than 165 supplier organizations were present for the conference held at the company's Ehrlich Innovation Center. Keynote speakers included Craig Bouchard, founder and CEO of Shale-Inland; Rob Podorefsky, managing director, interest rate management, GE Capital; and Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst of ACT Research, who each shared insight and guidance for specific market trends affecting the industry.
"Wabash National runs on the power of partnership," said Wabash National Vice President of Global Strategic Sourcing Steve Miller. "These select suppliers bring unique ideas and a sense of urgency that continues to raise the bar and redefine the reciprocal value of partnership."
Wabash National presented its most esteemed award, the 2012 Supply Chain Leadership and Performance Pinnacle Supplier Award, to Cooper Tire & Rubber, global producer of tires. Cooper Tire was selected based on its excellent service and performance in reducing costs and providing proactive solutions for Wabash National customers.
Four Distinguished Supplier Awards were presented to new suppliers exhibiting innovative solutions and exceptional performance or established partners that drastically improved performance within their industry segment. Recipients of distinguished awards include Schilli Transportation, Steel Technologies, White Staffing and Lincoln Electric.
Sixteen Platinum Awards were given for excellence in supply chain performance delivery, quality, cost and innovation. Recipients of these awards were Alcorn Industrial, CMC Impact Metals, Dow Chemical, Earthwise Plastics, FedEx, Hardebeck Trucking, Henry Poor Lumber, HP Products, Hynes Industries, Maxion Wheels, Meritor Wabco, Shale-Inland, Shandong Machinery, SMC Pneumatics, TCSI and Wiley Metal.
About Wabash National Corporation
Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, Wabash National Corporation (