Nappanee, Ind.-based Newmar Corp. recently honored its top suppliers of the year at its 13th Annual Vendor Appreciation Dinner.
Earning Newmar’s most prestigious award was Spartan Chassis Inc., Charlotte, Mich., receiving the 2006 Virgil Miller Award of Excellence. Newmar said Spartan, which supplies diesel chassis, was named “for providing excellent supplier support in all phases of business over the past year.”
“Because of our partnership with Spartan, we have been given the ability to offer unique features in our products that can’t be copied by our competitors,” said Dick Parks, Newmar CEO and chairman. “Spartan has a superb executive team, a forward-thinking president, and a management team who shares our guiding principles. Spartan is responsible for supplying one of the most complicated parts we buy.”
The following companies were named Newmar’s Top Ten Vendors of the Year: Adorn LLC, Elkhart, Ind.; Fan-Tastic Vent Inc., Imlay City, Mich.; Flexsteel Industries, Dubuque, Iowa; IOTA Engineering LLC, Tucson, Ariz.; Norcold/Thetford Inc., Elkhart; Positron Corp., Elkhart; Quality Engineered Products, Elkhart; Slabaugh Cabinets, Milford, Ind.; The Source Company, Mishawaka, Ind.; and Uni-Grip, Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Twice over the past year, Newmar evaluated over 200 of its suppliers and vendors in the areas of quality, delivery, personnel, product development, design, and warranty as criteria for the awards that are presented each year. Suppliers need to score 96% or higher to be invited to the appreciation dinner.
“Servicing the retail customers and building quality products that are going to last are areas that make the companies here tonight the best of the best,” Mike O’Connell, vice president of purchasing, told approximately 200 attendees. “They are working together to collectively service the retail customer in the future. These companies are doing what it takes to make things happen.”