Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. (TMHU), Irvine, Calif., has earned recognition as a “Partner-level” supplier for 2011 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is one of Deere & Co.’s highest supplier ratings. TMHU was selected in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement, Deere said. Toyota representatives accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held recently.
Toyota is a supplier of material handling services, including forklifts and automated guided vehicles to John Deere’s operations nationwide. 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 (relationships). John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.