April 28, 2008

Eaton Named General Motors 2007 Supplier Of The Year

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation was recognized by General Motors as a 2007 Supplier of the Year for significant contributions to GM’s global product and performance achievements. The 16th annual award – themed the “Best of the Best” – was presented to Eaton executives at a ceremony on April 26 in Jacksonville, Fla.

“GM is proud to honor Eaton as a GM Supplier of the Year winner,” said Bo Andersson, GM group vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “This award is our way of telling the winners that we appreciate all of their efforts in working together with GM to manufacture world-class vehicles.”

“Eaton is among the best of the best,” he continued. “They understand that our mutual success can only be achieved by sharing common goals and priorities.”

“It is a great honor to be selected as a GM Supplier of the Year,” said Joe Palchak, Eaton vice president and president – Engine Air Management Operations. “This recognition reinforces Eaton’s commitment to helping our customers remain competitive by supplying products that meet their requirements and that consumers want.”

Supplier of the Year 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.

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With sales of $1.6 billion in 2007 and 11,000 employees around the world, Eaton’s Automotive Group supplies the passenger car, light-truck and commercial vehicle industries with critical components that reduce emissions and fuel consumption and improve vehicle stability and performance. Principal products include, engine valves and valve train components, transmission and engine controls, superchargers, locking and limited slip differentials, cylinder heads, fluid conveyance components, decorative body moldings and spoilers.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; hydraulics, fuel and pneumatic systems for commercial and military aircraft; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 79,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


Jim Parks
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