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Hennessy's BADA plant feels the love from GM

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Hennessy Industries Inc.'s BADA wheel weight manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Ky., has been named a recipient of the inaugural General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award.

Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing, says the prestigious honor is a testament to the people, technology and standards of excellence at the Bowling Green facility.

“Receiving a quality award from anyone is an honor, but to receive it from General Motors is especially gratifying. The supplier standards they have put in place are some of the most stringent in the industry, reflecting a relentless focus on quality that we share with them.”

The Supplier Quality Excellence Award is given to specific supplier locations. Only the top-performing suppliers are eligible to win the award, says Tom McMillen, General Motors’ executive director for supplier quality and program management.

“Suppliers that receive this award have met or exceeded a stringent set of quality performance criteria. We view product quality as the foundation for the overall customer experience. Our continued success is directly related to the performance and progress of our suppliers, as well as a shared commitment to quality.”

Tim Presley, vice president of operations for the BADA facility in Bowling Green, says the award was a welcomed validation of the high-quality work being done at the plant every day. BADA has supplied GM with steel wheel weights for use in passenger vehicle manufacturing in North America and beyond since 2005.

“Working closely with General Motors has helped us further develop world-class quality systems, processes and products,” he says.

The inaugural 2012 awards covered the period from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012. General Motors says it intends to continue to recognize suppliers that have demonstrated the highest levels of quality performance on an annual basis.

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