COLUMBUS, OH – February 19, 2014 -- Worthington Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WOR) announced today that it has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. Worthington was selected for this honor in recognition of its dedication to providing outstanding quality and its commitment to continuous improvement.
“We are honored to accept this recognition for the second consecutive year,” said Geoff Gilmore, president of Worthington’s Steel Processing business segment. “It’s a real testament to our employees’ commitment to providing the highest level of quality and service and their efforts to continually strengthen our customer partnerships.” Employees from Worthington’s dedicated John Deere account team accepted the recognition on Feb. 18 during formal ceremonies held in Davenport, 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., and John Deere Ottumwa Works in Ottumwa, Iowa, for the fabrication and assembly of combine harvesters and hay and forage equipment. 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 diversified metals manufacturing company with 2013 fiscal year sales of $2.6 billion. The Columbus, Ohio based company is North America’s premier value-added steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products, such as propane, oxygen, refrigerant and industrial cylinders, hand torches, camping cylinders, scuba tanks, compressed natural gas storage cylinders, industrial cryogenics tanks, helium balloon kits and exploration, recovery and production tanks for global energy markets; custom-engineered open and enclosed cabs and operator stations for heavy mobile equipment; laser welded blanks; steel pallets and racks; and through joint ventures, suspension grid systems for concealed and lay-in panel ceilings, current and past model automotive service stampings and light gauge steel framing for commercial and residential construction. Worthington employs approximately 10,000 people and operates 83 facilities in 12 countries.
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