Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Chosen as Chrysler Group's Logistics Supplier of the Year
KANSAS CITY, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYS: KSU) is pleased to announce that Chrysler Group LLC has honored Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) with its Supplier of the Year award in the Logistics category. The award was presented at Chrysler's third annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony on June 5 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
"This award is solid validation of Kansas City Southern's commitment to our customers," said KCS President and CEO David L. Starling. "We believe our performance in safety, security and sustainability is second to none. An award like this, coming from a high-performing logistics group like Chrysler, clearly supports that belief."
Award recipients were determined based on an evaluation of each company's External Balanced Scorecard performance in 2012 - a rating system that evaluates supplier performance in areas such as quality, delivery, cost, warranty and partnership - and input from Chrysler Group senior leadership.
"KCSM was chosen for the logistics award for providing operational excellence, being a top performer, collaborating in cost-savings initiatives, and actively supporting our sustainability initiatives," said Chrysler Director of Worldwide Logistics and Customs Bill Cook. "Chrysler is pleased to recognize KCSM's outstanding performance on their logistics scorecard and we thank them for consistently working with Chrysler in a proactive manner."
In addition to the awards ceremony, Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. purchasing leadership reviewed their strategy for the future and expectations of suppliers. Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne served as the keynote speaker and thanked Chrysler's supply base for the role they played in the company's journey.
"Chrysler could not have reclaimed its future without your unwavering support and crucial contributions of intelligence and vision," said Marchionne. "Our fate is absolutely intertwined with yours. Our commitment to you is to deliver on our promises and help you become a much stronger competitor."
Presentations were also delivered by Chrysler Group Senior Vice President of Purchasing and Supplier Quality Scott Kunselman and Fiat S.p.A. Head of Group Purchasing Vilmar Fistarol.
"Chrysler Group suppliers need to be nimble, innovative and, above all else, focused on the quality of the parts and services they are providing us," said Kunselman. "The suppliers we are honoring today have proven themselves to be motivated, capable and excited to be on the Chrysler team. They are critical to our success in delivering our customers the best cars and trucks in the world."
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and south central U.S. Its international holdings include KCSM, serving northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the Panama Canal. KCS' North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
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