Eaton Receives 2011 Supplier Excellence Award from Motion Industries for Reducing Cost of Doing Business and Improving Supply Chain Efficiency

Date: 2/27/2012

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced that it has received a 2011 Supplier Excellence Award from Motion Industries, an Eaton distributor based in Birmingham, Alabama.  The award, part of the distributor’s Supplier Partnership program, recognizes the efforts of Eaton to reduce Motion Industries’ cost of doing business and increase efficiency throughout the supply chain.  

Eaton earned recognition for its innovative and technical support of electronic communications, such as purchase order acknowledgements, advanced shipping notifications and invoicing.  Eaton’s electronic procurement-to-payment initiatives enable the distributor to quickly three-way match invoices for immediate payment approval.

“The award from Motion Industries illustrates that we are working hard to make it easy to do business with Eaton,” said Kendall Kirkpatrick, Eaton’s sales manager—program distribution.

“Our work to help Motion Industries more easily sell Eaton’s fluid conveyance and power and motion control products across North America has led to measureable results, which directly reduce transaction costs for both Motion Industries and Eaton.”

Motion Industries’ Ellen Holladay, senior vice president, chief information officer and operational excellence officer; and Wayne Law, executive vice president and chief operations officer, presented the award to Kirkpatrick and Eaton’s Mark Gilk, director—Americas distribution sales, at Motion Industries’ national sales meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7, 2011.

A winner of Eaton’s Top 24 Distributor Award for nine consecutive years and a veteran member of the Eaton Hydraulics Distributor Advisory Council, Motion Industries operates over 500 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Eaton’s Hydraulics business is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of a comprehensive line of reliable, high-efficiency hydraulic systems and components for use in mobile and stationary applications. Mobile and stationary markets include agriculture, alternative energy, construction, forestry, manufacturing, material handling, mining, oil and gas, processing, transportation and utility equipment. Eaton’s Hydraulics Group provides customer-driven solutions under product names such as Aeroquip®, Boston®, Char-Lynn®, Eaton®, Hydrokraft®, Hydrowa®, Hydro-Line®, Integrated Hydraulics®, Synflex®, Vickers®, Walterscheid™, and Weatherhead®. For more information, visit


Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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