Eaton Facility Recognized for Superior Quality and Delivery


For the 12th consecutive year, Eaton Corporation, a diversified industrial manufacturer, received Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.'s (TMMNA) highest honor for superior quality and delivery of engine valves.

Eaton's US Engine Valve facility in Westminster, S.C., a partnership with Nittan Valve Company, Ltd., is one of three supplier plants to receive the Superior Award from TMMNA for both product quality and delivery.

"It's truly an honor to receive this award," said Stephen M. Buente, Eaton senior vice president and president, Automotive Group. "We appreciate Toyota for once again recognizing US Engine Valve's accomplishments and commitment to provide the best quality and service possible."

Eaton, the world's largest producer of engine valves, supplied more than 12 million four cylinder intake and exhaust valves last year to Toyota, while achieving world-class levels of quality and delivery.

"As Toyota continues to grow in North America, our suppliers are challenged to meet Toyota's high standards on an even greater scale," said Osamu "Simon" Nagata, vice president of purchasing for TMMNA, located in Erlanger, Kentucky. "Toyota's success here is directly linked to the success of our suppliers."

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2004 sales of $9.8 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 56,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries.

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