Deere & Co. gives Michelin supplier and innovation awards

March 17, 2015 -  By
Michelin representatives receive the Deere & Co. Supplier of the Year award during a ceremony in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photo: Michelin

Michelin representatives receive the Deere & Co. Supplier of the Year award during a ceremony in Bettendorf, Iowa. Photo: Michelin

Deere & Co. tagged Michelin its “Supplier of the Year” and bestowed it the “Innovation of the Year” award.

The Michelin Group’s agricultural and earthmover operating units received the “Supplier of the Year” title and were named Partner-level Supplier for 2014, Deere’s highest rating for suppliers under its ongoing “Achieving Excellence” initiative.

Under Deere’s Achieving Excellence program was created in 1991 to provide suppliers with annual evaluations and feedback that promote continuous improvement in key performance categories such as quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which measures responsiveness.

Additionally, Michelin Tweel Technologies received the John Deere “Innovation of the Year” award for the Michelin X Tweel Turf. The award is presented to a select group of suppliers that have demonstrated innovation in a product or service they provide to John Deere. Award selections are based on four factors: creativity, feasibility, collaboration and bottom-line impact. John Deere created the supplier innovation awards in 2010 to promote innovation in the company’s supply base and recognize suppliers that think creatively. In 2014, Michelin exclusively partnership with John Deere to equip its ZTRAK 900 Series line of zero-turn commercial mowers with the X Tweel Turf as original equipment to replace a standard 24x12x12 tire.

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