Air-Way earns recognition as a John Deere, “Partner-level Supplier”
Monday, February 6, 2017
Air-Way Manufacturing Company (a/k/a Air-Way Global Manufacturing), a leading supplier of standard and custom hydraulic fittings, has been recognized as a recipient of the John Deere Construction and Forestry Division Achieving Excellence Partner-level Supplier Award for 2016. Nominated suppliers are evaluated for excellence in quality, delivery, technical support, cost management and other criteria.
Air-Way Global Manufacturing is based in Olivet, Michigan, with three Michigan plants and locations in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Canada and China. Air-Way manufactures and supplies custom and standard hydraulic fittings to John Deere. Air-Way representatives, Mark Place and Bill Blank, with John Deere representative Brian Timmerman, accepted the recognition during the formal John Deere Achieving Excellence Supplier Conference ceremonies held on January 11, 2017 in Iowa.
Bill Blank, Air-Way President, Finance and Marketing shared, “As a company, we (Air-Way) are always working to improve our processes, products and overall offerings to OEM’s like John Deere. Awards like this mean a lot to us as a company because it is based on key customer criteria like quality, delivery, cost management, technical support and more. We take the same approach for all our customers. Still, recognition like this says a lot about our team members and their capabilities to deliver high quality fittings and service consistently.”
About Air-Way Manufacturing
Air-Way Manufacturing, founded in 1950, specializes in the manufacturing and supply of hydraulic fittings and adapters for original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and distributors worldwide. They have recently expanded their manufacturing facilities to include North Carolina as well as Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Canada and China, allowing Air-Way to own the manufacturing process and much of the supply chain. Hydraulic hose assemblies and other OEM solutions are offered through Air-Way and their subsidiary, Hydra-Flex, Inc. Extensive in-house technical and product development capabilities provide efficient processes for design, engineering and prototyping of custom hydraulic fittings for nearly any application.
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