RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has honored three industry leaders with the Triangle Award, given to person, persons or organization whom MEMA and its divisions honor for selfless contribution to the vehicle supplier industry.
This year's winners include James Kamsickas, chairman and chief executive officer, Dana Inc.; Mike Mansuetti, president, Robert Bosch L.L.C; and Don Walker, CEO, Magna International Inc.
The awards were presented during the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) Automotive Supplier Conference on Nov. 11.
"This year, as we faced unprecedented challenges, the presentation of the awards is even more meaningful," MEMA President & CEO Bill Long said. "All three of these leaders helped amplify the voice of vehicle suppliers on the national stage."
The Triangle Award is not intended as an annual award according to Mr. Long said.
"An award is presented only when a truly-deserving candidate advances the vehicle supplier industry," he said. "This year, three leaders really stood apart and earned this prestigious recognition."
"The MEMA Triangle Award furthers the belief that many of the most important contributions to the industry are made by those who work quietly and effectively behind the scenes, out of the glare of public accolade, to advance the interests of the entire industry," MEMA Chairman Tim Musgrave said.
Mr. Musgrave is president and CEO of Pressure Systems International. "This is our rare opportunity to publicly recognize that kind and level of selfless work."
MEMA said the three men have "worked tirelessly and effectively to make the industry better and stronger, especially in the area of government advocacy. Because MEMA represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the United States, our advocacy efforts are critical to the industry as well as the economic strength of the country.
"Through their individual efforts, and by working closely with MEMA staff, these three individuals collectively helped shape vital language on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and were critical to the continued success of the industry."
It also lauded each of the winner for their role in the restart of operations following the industry shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, "helping the industry rise to meet the health and safety demands of hundreds of thousands of workers in our industry."
"Their vision and passion for the industry, coupled with their high sense of values and caring for their employees, truly exemplify the MEMA Triangle Award's mission of honoring selfless contributions to the vehicle supplier industry," Mr. Long said. "We are proud to add their names to the list of industry legends who have previously received the MEMA Triangle Award."
Past recipients of the MEMA Triangle Award include the late Joseph M. Magliochetti of Dana Corp.; Tom Gallagher, of Genuine Parts Co.; L. Gene Stohler, of Masco Tech Inc.; John M. Riess (then of The Gates Rubber Co.); the late Larry McCurdy (then of Moog Automotive); and Jack Reilly (then of Tenneco Automotive).
MEMA represents the interests of member companies through four market-focused divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA); Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA); MERA — The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing; and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).