According to AGCO, Trelleborg is a "leading global supplier of high-quality tires and complete wheel systems for farm and forest machinery, forklift trucks and other materials-handling vehicles," and offers a wide range of high-performance and technologically advanced tires.
The supplier day focused on "Quality Growth Through Partnering," and was attended by more than 200 people from as many as 85 direct and indirect suppliers to AGCO, a Fortune 500 manufacturer based in Duluth.
"Our business calls for true partnership with our suppliers in order to meet the unique needs and quality standards required to manufacture AGCO's diverse and evolving line of agricultural equipment," said Michael Clem, vice president of purchasing and materials for AGCO North America.
"All of our suppliers contribute to our success in their individual ways, but the four companies recognized through our Supplier of the Year Award program truly represent the best of the best. Their efforts are key to our success."
Since 2006, AGCO North America said it has increased its purchase of direct materials from $400 million to more than $1.3 billion in 2013, "a reflection of the 23-year-old company's tremendous growth in North America during this time."
AGCO's other supplier award winners are:
• 2013 Supplier of the Year: Earle M. Jorgensen Co., a supplier of steel and aluminum bar, tubing and plate to manufacturing companies in North America since 1923.
• 2013 Quality Award: Sintex—Wausaukee Composites, a manufacturer of highly engineered composite plastic and fiberglass components for original equipment manufacturers in a variety of industries.
• 2013 Indirect Award: Industrial Distribution Group of Belmont, N.C., which designs, builds and manages supply chain solutions and a national distributor of indirect materials.
AGCO designs, manufactures and distributes agricultural machinery including tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as related replacement parts. The company's products are sold through five core machinery brands: Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra, and are distributed globally through 3,150 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide.