Partnership Pays Off as Lauren Receives Strategic Supplier Award

(Left to right) Don Morrison of Lauren Manufacturing, with Stephanie Harvey, Bob Davenport, Ron Carlson, Brett Strayer, Susan Cary-Hanson and Ron Clark all of Precision Gasket Co.

After focusing on lean manufacturing and quality assurance processes for the past few years, Lauren Manufacturing of New Philadelphia, Ohio, is enjoying a new title as Precision Gasket Co.'s 2006 Strategic Supplier of the year.

In a letter announcing the award, Precision Gasket Co. described Lauren Manufacturing as a supplier that gives Precision a competitive edge. Precision also attributed Lauren Manufacturing's win to its elastic production coordination offering.

"You know you've reached a certain level of excellence when your customers award you for value beyond the product you provide," said Lisa Huntsman, vice president of operations. "It's flattering to receive such an award, but the real value is taking it to employees on the floor and showing them that our customers appreciate their dedication."

Precision Gasket is one of the nation's leading custom manufacturers and distributors of die-cut, molded and extruded gaskets and seals. Lauren has worked with Precision for more than four years, supplying them with an assortment of extruded parts for resale to original equipment manufacturer customers.

During 2006, Lauren Manufacturing and Precision Gasket Co. collaborated to win several new business projects for Precision, and Precision customers reported zero defects on products originating from Lauren Manufacturing.

"Precision is very open and willing to put projects before Lauren in a joint and collaborative effort," said Don Morrison, Lauren sales representative. "I see big opportunities in the future for the partnership between Lauren and Precision."

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