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MAZDA MOTOR MANUFACTURING (USA) CORPORATION HONORS 20 SUPPLIERS

    MAZDA MOTOR MANUFACTURING (USA) CORPORATION HONORS 20 SUPPLIERS
    FLAT ROCK, Mich., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation (MMUC) today honored 20 outstanding suppliers for their work to produce high-quality components and process improvements that contribute to future quality performance.
    "I'm pleased to honor our suppliers who have met tough requirements and have continuously improved to meet our high standards," said Mutsumi Fujiwara, MMUC vice president of purchasing.  "With full production of our new MX-6 and 626 models approaching, it's crucial that MMUC suppliers meet our quality and timing standards to ensure a high-quality product for our customers."
    The Most Valued Supplier (MVS) Award was presented to six production and one non-production (materials) suppliers.  The suppliers, which received MVS awards, were selected based on their performance related to stringent requirements in cost reduction, quality control, delivery and service.
    The recipients of the MVS award are:  Bethlehem Steel Corp. (located in Pennsylvania, which produces steel); Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (Indiana, tires); Katayama American Co., Inc. (Kentucky, molding); Penntecq, Inc. (Pennsylvania, molding); Aeroquip Inoac (Ohio, side protector); Penstone, Inc. (Michigan, glass assembly); and Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Tennessee, tire).
    The Mazda Quality Award For Total Excellence is presented by the company to its top production suppliers based on the supplier's overall quality assurance system.  Thirteen suppliers earned the award based on their performance on quality.
    "I am delighted that the MMUC supplier family has accepted the quality challenges of the future," said Jim Morrison, quality control manager at MMUC.  "Their efforts to this end are evident in the growing number of award recipients, and particularly those suppliers receiving multiple awards."
    The recipients of the 1991 Mazda Quality Award For Total Excellence are: Panasonic Industrial Co. (located in Tennessee, which produces speakers); Mitsubishi Electric Manufacturing, Inc. (Ohio, starters and alternators); Penntecq, Inc. (Pennsylvania, moldings): Ford Motor Co. Electronic Division (Ontario, meter set); Nastech Manufacturing, Inc. (Vermont, energy shaft); United Technologies Automotive - Holland (Michigan, insulator pads); Delta U.S.A. Corp. (Michigan, seats); Rockwell International Suspension Systems (Ontario, stabilizer bars); United Technologies Furukawa (Mexico, wire harness); Johnson Controls (Ohio, batteries); Ford Motor Co. Plastic & Trim Products Division (Ohio, air cleaners); Ford Motor Co. Engine Division (Ohio, V6 engine); and Automotive Industries, Inc. (Virginia, trim parts).
    MMUC also recognized seven suppliers who were repeat winners of the Mazda Quality Award For Total Excellence.  Based on their 1991 performance, these suppliers qualified for the Mazda Quality Award for the second consecutive year.
    Repeat winners of the Mazda Quality Award include Bando Manufacturing of America, Inc. (located in Kentucky, which produces V belts); Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. (Tennessee, tires); Daikin Clutch Corp. (Michigan, clutch assembly); Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Tennessee, tires); Hitachi Cable Indiana, Inc. (Indiana, brake lines); Nippondenso Sales, Inc. (Michigan, cooling and heating units); and Penstone Inc. (Michigan, glass assembly).
    In addition, MMUC will acknowledge 18 suppliers with the Zero Defect Award, given to suppliers who have delivered zero defect parts, including zero defects labeling, during the past year.
    The recipients being acknowledged with the Zero Defects Award are: Bando Manufacturing of America (located in Kentucky, which makes V belts); Budd Canada, Inc. Temro Division (Winnepeg, heater block); Chope Union (Massachusetts, paper floor mats); Daikin Clutch Corp. (Michigan, clutch assembly); Delco Remy (Indiana, batteries); Donnelly Corp. (Michigan, inner mirrors); Douglas Corp. (Minnesota, ornaments); First Inertia Switch, LTD. (Michigan, fuel pump switch); Ford Motor Co. Plastic & Trim Products Division (Ohio, air cleaners); Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Tennessee, tires) Hematite Acoustical Products, Inc. (Ontario, seat pad/shock tower pad); Hitachi Metals America (Ohio, aluminum wheels); Mexican Industries in Michigan, Inc. (Ontario, Cargo Net); Nastech Manufacturing, Inc. (Vermont, steering shaft) Nyloncraft, Inc. (Indiana, engine blind cap); Piedmont Manufacturing, Inc. (Virginia, tire valves); Purolator Products (North Carolina, fuel filter); and YA America, Inc. (Kentucky, hoses).
    MMUC spent more than $900 million with North American suppliers in fiscal year 1991 (Oct. 1990-Sept. 1991).  For the 1992 fiscal year, MMUC expects domestic expenditures to increase further still as it increases its local content to more than 75 percent.
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    /CONTACT: Randy Boileau or Carrie Stys of Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/ CO:  Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) ST:  Michigan IN:  AUT SU: ML -- DE022 -- 6023 11/21/91 15:39 EST
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