Awards & Recognition
2014 | General Motors Honors MFG as 2014 Supplier of the Year
General Motors recognized MFG Composites Systems Company (CSC) as Supplier of the Year for Structural SMC Body Parts at its 23rd annual event. Seventy-eight suppliers from around the world received various awards for performance above and beyond GM’s requirements. Winners are chosen by a global team of GM purchasing, engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics executives.
“These companies are the best-of-the-best suppliers, and deserving of special recognition for their outstanding contributions,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.
MFG CSC currently manufactures 26 structural parts for the Chevrolet Corvette and anticipates an increase in 2016.
2014 | General Motors Platinum Award Goes to MFG
In recognition of outstanding on-time shipping performance to General Motors customer care and aftersales, MFG CSC was presented with a Platinum supplier award for 2014.The company was applauded for “playing an important role in GM’s efforts to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles.”
SVP Dan Plona commented, “Qualifying for this award required the effort and attention to detail of every teammate. I congratulate and thank everyone for a job well done.”
2014 | MFG’s CEO Inducted to Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame
In 1996, Inside Business magazine created the Business Hall of Fame of Cleveland in celebration of the city’s bicentennial. The inaugural class of 100 business leaders included luminaries such as Lorenzo Carter, Cleveland’s first settler; Moses Cleaveland, for whom the city was named; oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller; and industrialist Cyrus Eaton.
Since then, each year a new class of leaders who have helped shape the region’s economic landscape is chosen for induction to what is now known as the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame.
The 2014 class of inductees included Richard Morrison, CEO of MFG, which is headquartered in Ashtabula, OH an hour outside of Cleveland. The class also includes four other business leaders: Ray Dalton, founder of PartSource; W. Nicholas Howley, founder/CEO/chairman of TransDigm Group Inc.; Stewart A. Kohl, co-chief executive officer of The Riverside Company; and Dr. Luis M. Proenza, past president of University of Akron.
Richard joined MFG in 1976 and in 2008 became CEO, succeeding Robert S. Morrison, his father and the company’s founder. During his 38-year tenure, MFG expanded to now include 10 strategically located factories in the USA and Mexico in addition to a dedicated R&D lab, MFG Research, and the company’s engineering services entity, the MFG Design Center.
2014 | Denny Joins Ranks of ACMA Hall of Fame
The American Composites Manufacturers Association has chosen MFG’s EVP Dave Denny to receive their prestigious Hall of Fame award for career contributions to the composites industry. He will be officially inducted at the CAMX Conference in October.
For more than 45 years Dave has influenced the manufacturing side of the composites industry. He is a recognized expert in the implementation of world class manufacturing practices, specializing in automotive, truck and wind energy components. His understanding of composites technologies has made him a trusted resource to some of the world’s largest companies including GE Energy, General Motors and Daimler Trucks North America.
In 2012 Dave was honored with the composite industry’s BEST Award for leadership achievements and earlier this year he received MFG’s Pioneer award.
“The ACMA Hall of Fame recognizes the elite performers in our industry. Dave’s contributions in the area of manufacturing excellence have touched companies and individuals around the world,” noted Richard Morrison, CEO of MFG. “We are very pleased to see him honored and grateful for his 19 years of service as a leader, mentor and friend.”
2014 | MFG Texas is Repeat Winner of PACCAR Quality Award
MFG Texas was recognized once again this year by PACCAR (parent company of Peterbilt Motors) for meeting their rigorous 50 PPM quality performance initiative — a challenging goal for composites. This is the second time that MFG Texas has been recognized for this accomplishment.
The company produces raised-roof assemblies for Peterbilt Class 8 trucks, and both MFG Texas and MFG CSC have contributed to the success of this program.
2012 | PACCAR Recognize MFG Texas As Top Performing Supplier
PACCAR, the parent company of Peterbilt brand trucks, recognized MFG for superior quality performance by achieving a PPM level below 50 for 2011.
This recognition is for the production of the raised-roof for the Peterbilt 587 Class 8 truck that was recently named the 2012 Commercial Truck of the Year in the heavy-duty category by the American Truck Dealers.
MFG Texas and MFG CSC are involved in a team play on this program. MFG CSC manufactures the compression molded roof outer skins and two of 29 reinforcements for MFG Texas. These outer skins are provided with an in-mold coating that eliminates the need to prime paint the part. MFG Texas then manufactures the remaining reinforcements and assembles the components into completed sleeper roofs for delivery to Peterbilt “paint-ready”, in line sequence.
When asked what this achievement means, Wes Shamp, general manager at MFG Texas, offers, “It’s quite a statement to be recognized by a world-class OEM like PACCAR for consistent, quality workmanship on a complex component like this raised roof. It means a lot to the teammates here in Texas and at CSC in Ohio to be acknowledged for our contribution to such a terrific American-made vehicle.”
2012 | Dave Denny Receives 2012 BEST Award for Lifetime Contributions to Composites Industry
Dave Denny, executive vice president of MFG since 1995, is the recipient of the composite industry’s 2012 BEST Award. The BEST (Bright, Energetic, Skilled, Trailblazers) awards recognize industry leaders for their significant contributions.
For more than 45 years Dave has influenced the manufacturing side of the composites industry as perhaps no other. His remarkable business acumen, mastery of manufacturing disciplines, integrity and commitment have had positive impact on the industry as a whole, as well as the enterprises that he has worked for. He is known throughout the industry for his solid character as well as his professional leadership.
In 1995 Dave joined MFG as executive vice president and chief operating officer. His focus has been primarily on managing MFG’s custom (OEM) businesses, however his influence has touched teammates throughout the company as well as customers and suppliers.
Besides being at the helm of industry-leading companies, Dave is a recognized expert in the implementation of world class manufacturing practices, in particular for automotive/truck and wind energy components. Among many of the world’s top OEM’s, such as General Motors, DaimlerBenz and General Electric, he is known as a trusted resource for his understanding of composite technologies.
You’ll find more information on Dave in the BEST Awards feature in the July issue of Composites Manufacturing magazine.
2010 | MFG Cited as Top Innovative Composite Enterprise in USA by JEC Composites
Representing the Molded Fiber Glass Companies, CEO Richard Morrison recently served as honorary president of the JEC Composites tradeshow in Paris. He opened the global show and served as a host for the awards ceremony. He also presented an overview of the US wind energy market, which MFG is heavily involved in.
During the global show, MFG was cited as one of the most “innovative advanced composite enterprises in the United States.”
“As in other sectors, composite processors are currently under pressure, squeezed between raw material suppliers, who are hiking up their rates, and customers, who are holding out for better prices,” said Frédérique Mutel, president and CEO of the JEC Group, which promotes the use of composites worldwide.
“What a great honor for us to be recognized on the world stage,” Morrison said. “All the accolades are made possible by innovative and dedicated teammates committed to quality and customer service.”
JEC Composites promotes the use of composite materials worldwide. The group informs and connects 250,000 composite professionals through various international events and publications.
2010 | ACMA Ace Award Goes to MFG for Solstice Coupe
The ACMA’s Process Innovation Award for 2010 was awarded to Molded Fiber Glass Companies for its 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe Rear Floor Assembly (trunk). This product demonstrated innovation in manufacturing methods that increase production rate and volume while maintaining quality. The one-piece compression-molded composite trunk provides storage, attachment points for body panels, hardware attachments for electrical components and air ducts. It was produced using proprietary nano technology to achieve a special SMC with a specific gravity of 1.5. Because it’s made from composite, the trunk is corrosion resistant, an important feature for the underside of the vehicle.
2010 | ACMA Presidents’ Award
Richard Morrison, CEO of MFG was recognized with the ACMA Presidents’ award for his 40+ years of contributions and leadership to the composites industry. Presenting the award to Richard was John Tickle, ACMA president.
“Since meeting Richard in 1972, I’ve been impressed with his unfailing commitment to supporting the interests of the composites industry,” said Tickle. “Over these years, he and his company have contributed significant funds, expertise and time supporting our association’s activities, from sponsorships and technical papers to employee participation.”
2009 | GE Honors MFG with Supplier Excellence Award
Carl LaFrance, MFG’s corporate wind energy champion, accepted the prestigious GE “Excellence in Lean” award on behalf of the company. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with GE Energy’s supplier conference. This award is presented yearly to one selected supplier for outstanding performance in compliance, quality, lean, direct material productivity, growth and customer-centricity.
“MFG has consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence”, said Jody Markpooulos, vice president of global sourcing, GE Energy. “GE’s Excellence in Lean award recognizes the company’s dedication to integrity, strong values and quality performance.”
Award honorees were selected from a field of 60 US and European contenders nominated by GE global commodity leaders and supplier quality leaders. Applications were vetted through a rigorous selection process by GE Energy’s senior sourcing leadership team, and final decisions were based on quantitative metrics and subjective opinion tied to historical relations.
2008 | MFG Wins Yamaha Motors Supplier Excellence Award
MFG North Carolina received the 2008 Supplier Excellence Award from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMMC). This is Yamaha's top supplier award and MFG was one of four suppliers to receive the honor. MFG has been supplying YMMC with personal watercraft liners since August of 2005.
The YMMC award is based on three criteria: quality, delivering less that 100 defective parts per million; delivery, 97% on-time; and cost reduction. The company was cited for excelling in all three areas, specifically a single defective part in span of three years, perfect on-time delivery, and manufacturing improvements that resulted in cost savings to YMMC.
2008 | MFG Receives Award from American Seating
The value of a 35-year partnership was recognized during a recent visit to American Seating when the MFG received an award for Outstanding Performance. The award was given “in recognition for outstanding customer service and technical support.” MFG manufactures preformed fiberglass composite seating that AMST uses in rail passenger cars and city service buses. Last year, MFG produced and shipped over 46,000 seats and nearly 32,000 seat inserts. MFG’s relationship with AMST dates back to 1973.