General Motors recently announced the winners of its 23rd supplier awards for services provided in 2014 and there were a number of logistics providers amongst the 78 companies receiving recognition “for going above and beyond GM’s requirements”.

2015 Supplier of the Year Award

“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, highest quality services and work, and we will continue to win together for the benefit of our customers.”

Two air freight carriers received awards this year – Active Aero Group and Golden Gate Air Freight – something that could reflect the increased reliance the company had on expedited services this year because of congestion problems on the US west coast ports, though this was not confirmed by GM.

There were also awards for Grimaldi Group and Maersk Line for the provision of ocean services.

"This award demonstrates the constant dedication of our Group to satisfy and exceed the requirements of one of our long-term customers,” said Gianluca Grimaldi, president of the Grimaldi Group.

Meanwhile, Maersk was also one of four recipients of GM’s Overdrive Award, which it said recognises “extraordinary leadership in cultural change and commitment initiatives that drove exceptional business results for GM”.

Dell, Johnson Controls and Lear, were the other winners of the Overdrive Award.

All the awards were chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives. 

Ceva Logistics, FedEx and Müller-Die Lila Logistik were also recognised for their provision of supply chain logistics services.

Ceva’s award resulted from the work the company has done with GM in Brazil according to the company. For a project in 2014, the two companies’ teams worked together from initial strategy planning and negotiations on costs and financial structures, through to  implementation. CEVA said it met all expectations and delivered additional cost savings in the process.
“To be recognised globally for our efforts in the region is truly an honour,” said Richard Vieites, Ceva managing director for South America. “Given the size and complexity of the project requirements, our team was able to execute flawlessly through every step from award to implementation, all in record time.”

Finally, US road haulier, Rich Logistics, also took an award, as did Korean transport provider, Chunil Cargo Transportation.

Rich Logistics and Active Aero Group are both owned by asset light logistics provider, Roadrunner Transportation Systems.

“On behalf of Active Aero Group, Rich Logistics and the entire Roadrunner family, we are extremely proud that two of our companies were recognised as a GM Supplier of the Year. This recognition is a true honor and demonstrates the excellent performance of both companies,” said Mark DiBlasi, president and CEO of Roadrunner. “These awards recognise the hard work and exceptional service of our team in providing time-sensitive and critical transportation components as part of the GM supply chain.”

Full list of winning companies at GM Supplier of the Year awards

Active Aero Group
Allegis Global Solutions
Alpine electronics
Attentive Industries
Axalta coating systems
Behr-Hella Thermocontrol
Ceva Logistics
Chunil Cargo Transportation
Chunil Engineering
Cisco Systems
Creative Techniques
Czarnowski Display Service
Daedong Gear
Daeshin Machinery
Dakkota Integrated Systems
Dynamic Manufacturing
GNS Automotive
Golden Gate Air Freight
Grupo Sese
Hirotec America
Humax Automotive
Ideal Contracting
International Crankshaft
I.S.Tech Corporation
Johnson Controls
Kem Krest Corporation
Keyyang Precision
Korea Autoglass
Lakeside Plastics
LG Chem
Maersk Line
Molded Fiber Glass Companies
MRC Manufacturing
Müeller - Die Lila Logistik
Namsun Aluminum Automotive Parts
Neue Halberg-Guss
NS Auto Tech
Precision International Automotive Products
Rebuilders Automotive Supply
Rich Logistics
Sambo Auto
Seoul Precision
Sinjin Plastics
Sl Corp
Superior Aluminum
Summit Polymers
TMS - Turnkey Manufacturing Solutions
U.S. Tsubaki Automotive
Wooshin Systems
Yeonghwa Metal
Yushin Precision Ind