General Motors Makes Special Trip to IAC Albemarle To Recognize Employee Efforts

ALBEMARLE, N.C. (May 13, 2012) – The employees of the International Automotive Components’ (IAC) Albemarle, N.C. plant today hosted a group of General Motors executives who traveled from GM world headquarters in Detroit to recognize local IAC employees for their enormous efforts that contributed to IAC being named as GM’s Supplier of the Year.

General Motors summarized IAC’s award-winning performance citing the company’s extraordinary relief efforts when other supplier plants were shut down by fires, floods or other catastrophes. One such catastrophe required the aid of eight different IAC plants which united in an effort to respond to a major competitor plant flood. Lead by the IAC Albemarle plant, a plan established and executed within 24 hours of the flood, that allowed IAC to begin round-the-clock operations to provide rolled goods in support of the failing supplier. Within two days, IAC was supplying vehicle carpeting to General Motors plants. Within two weeks, IAC went from 190,000 to 360,000 yards per week….a 90% increase in support of GM.

The enormous effort resulted in IAC saving production for thousands of GM vehicles across multiple vehicle platforms. This effort was in addition to more than 20 other rescue efforts over the past four years, which continued to build on IAC’s reputation as a dedicated supplier partner for its OEM customers while reinforcing IAC’s position as the leading, full-service interiors provider for General Motors.

Other factors that contributed to the Supplier of the Year recognition include:

  • World-class quality and delivery performance; year-over-year improvement in all metrics including a 4 PPM and zero downtimes and zero stockouts.
  • Unmatched delivery performance to GM’s Customer Care and Aftersales (GM’s service parts organization) which included 13 individual awards for exemplary delivery performance of IAC facilities.
  • Continued commitment and dedication to General Motors in its efforts to improve its systems, policies, and procedures as related to GM-supplier interface.

“Receiving this recognition for the third year in our company’s short five-year history reinforces that General Motors not only appreciates the effort and dedication of the entire IAC family, but also that they consider IAC as a leading performer within their supply base,” said IAC President and CEO, James Kamsickas. “This recognition was only possible because all disciplines throughout IAC performed at an exceptionally high level.

GM Supplier of the Year winners are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in quality, service, technology and price.