General Motors Honors Johnson Controls as Supplier of the Year

PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 25 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI) , a leading global supplier of automotive seating, interior components and batteries, was recognized by General Motors with its top honor — the Supplier of the Year Award — for its overall business performance in providing the automaker with world-class parts and services during 2006. The supplier won its award for supplying vehicle interior systems and parts, as well as batteries to GM locations around the world.


The annual awards were presented to Johnson Controls executives during ceremonies held on Saturday, March 31 in Orlando, Florida.

Johnson Controls has gained the GM Supplier of the Year Award recognition 11 times during the past 12 years. The company has been named among GM’s top suppliers 12 times overall.

“We are proud to honor Johnson Controls as one of the ‘Best of the Best’ GM suppliers in 2006,” said Bo Andersson, GM’s group vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Johnson Controls achieved the award based on outstanding performance in 2006. We appreciate their energy, hard work and dedication to the success of GM.”

The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. 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. This year, General Motors honored 89 suppliers for their outstanding performance throughout 2006.

“Recognition for excellence from our customer is very important to us, and we think it shows that our people at sites throughout the world are performing at the highest level in our industry,” said Keith Wandell, president and chief operating officer for Johnson Controls. “We thank General Motors for these awards, and remain committed to providing world-class interior products and batteries for its vehicles. In addition, we salute our outstanding employees and suppliers that helped us to achieve these honors.”

Johnson Controls supplies a variety of automotive seating, interior systems and batteries for GM vehicles manufactured in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive experience, building efficiency and power solutions. The company provides innovative automotive interiors that help make driving more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. For buildings, it offers products and services that optimize energy use and improve comfort and security. Johnson Controls also provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles, along with systems engineering and service expertise. Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) has 136,000 employees in more than 1,000 locations serving customers in 125 countries. Founded in 1885, the company is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For additional information, please visit