COLUMBUS, OH – February 20, 2018 -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) announced today that it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2017 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. This is the Company’s sixth consecutive year achieving the honor. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Worthington was selected for this honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Worthington was awarded Hall of Fame status last year after attaining a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years.
“We’re grateful for the long-term relationship we’ve forged with John Deere,” said John Lamprinakos, president of Worthington Industries Steel Processing. “Our employees are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions and the highest quality and service to our customers and we appreciate John Deere’s recognition of those efforts.” Employees from Worthington’s dedicated John Deere account team accepted the recognition on Jan. 10 during formal ceremonies held in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Worthington Industries is a supplier of hot-rolled and cold-rolled cut-to-length steel sheets to John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Ill., John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, Wisconsin and John Deere Ottumwa Works in Ottumwa, Iowa, for the fabrication and assembly of combine harvesters, hay and forage equipment, lawn & garden equipment and utility vehicles.
Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence Program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.
About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2017 fiscal year sales of $3.0 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for propane, refrigerant and industrial gases and cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 11,000 people and operates 86 facilities in 11 countries.
Founded in 1955, the Company operates under a long-standing corporate philosophy rooted in the golden rule. Earning money for its shareholders is the first corporate goal. This philosophy serves as the basis for an unwavering commitment to the customer, supplier, and shareholder, and as the Company’s foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.
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