March 31, 2017 – Summit Polymers, Inc. was named a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 25th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony held Friday, March 31, in Orlando, Florida.
GM recognized 118 of its best suppliers from 15 countries that have consistently exceeded GM’s expectations, created outstanding value or brought new innovations to the company. The announcement represented the most suppliers GM has recognized since debuting the Supplier of the Year event in 1992. This is the 3rd time that Summit Polymers has received the award.
“We are focused on building positive supplier relationships, bringing new, customer-centric innovations to GM and being the OEM of choice among suppliers.” said Steve Kiefer, GM Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The companies we recognized tonight not only have brought innovation, they delivered it with the quality our customers deserve.”
Winning suppliers were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives and selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Indirect Purchasing, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.
Tom McMillen, Executive Director, GM
Andrea Haas, President, SPI
Mark Hammer, Vice President, SPI
On October 19th, 2015, Summit Polymers, Inc. received its Veteran-owned Business Certificate from the National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC). The NVBDC is a not-for-profit organization that was created for the purpose of providing a credible and reliable certifying authority to ensure valid documentation and acknowledgement of a business’ Veteran ownership and control.
This certification not only recognizes Summit Polymers as a Veteran-owned business, it also provides Summit’s customers an opportunity to further diversify their sourcing. More and more companies are establishing specific and measurable goals for the amount of business they and their suppliers do with Veteran-owned businesses. Veteran-owned businesses are often included in the “diverse” category for those companies. In addition, many states and the federal government have enacted laws and policies favorable to Veteran-owned businesses and helping create opportunities when it comes to state-government contracting.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
General Motors recognized 78 of its best global suppliers during its 23rd annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony. Summit Polymers was one of those winners.
Winning suppliers from around the world received the award for going above and beyond GM’s requirements, designed to provide customers with the most innovative technologies and the industry’s best quality vehicles.
“These companies are the best-of-the-best suppliers, and deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “We need them to continue to bring us their most innovative technologies and highest quality services and work, and we will continue to win together for the benefit of our customers.”
The Supplier of the Year and Overdrive award winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.
September, 2014 In September, 2014 Summit Polymers, Inc. received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for three of its manufacturing plants; Summit East, Summit Mt. Sterling and Summit Elizabethtown.
The award is given to specific supplier locations and only GM’s top performing suppliers are eligible to receive it. According to GM “suppliers who receive this award have met or exceeded a stringent set of quality performance criteria and have achieved the cross-functional support of the entire GM organization. The award recognizes those suppliers who have demonstrated the highest levels of quality performance over the past 12 months”.
Fifty one global supplier partners were honored at a special ceremony for their exceptional contributions to Ford Motor Company in 2013. Top-performing suppliers were recognized for achieving excellence in key areas including quality, cost performance and delivery. Summit Polymers was one of only two top performing suppliers that received two awards during the ceremony. One was a Gold Award for quality and the other a Recognition of Achievement for “warranty improvement”. This is the fourth year in a row that Summit was honored with a “World Excellence” award for quality.
Eighteen countries were represented at the 16th annual World Excellence Awards.
The World Excellence Awards recognize suppliers who not only achieve the highest level of cost competitiveness, quality and delivery, but also achknowledge the diverse cultures, value and ideas of the thousands of individuals they employ. “These suppliers have demonstrated the highest level of excellence, and we are honored to have them as part of the One Ford Team”, said Hau Thai-Tang, Group Vice President, Global Purchasing.
Summit Polymers is again announcing expansion plans in China to meet growing business needs and to support increased global platform requirements from its’ key OE customers.
The new plant opened in Nanjing, China in the 2Q of 2014. This new plant includes a full range of manufacturing capabilities only 5 miles from the recently expanded Summit Nanjing facility. This new plant is the culmination of continuing growth of Summit’s automotive OE customers in China, as well as support for global platform programs that ship throughout the greater Asian Rim regions.
The Summit operations specialize in high value add, decorative and kinetic products. Logistic services are in place to support multi region global platform programs.