Valspar Earns Recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier”

Marks the second year in a row for receiving the honor

The Valspar Corporation has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating, and it is the second consecutive year that Valspar has received the award.

Valspar was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing quality products and service and its commitment to continuous improvement. Valsparis a supplier of best-in-class industrial coatings to John Deere's operations around the world.

"We're honored to achieve this recognition from John Deere," said Jerimy Erickson, marketing manager for Valspar's Global Heavy Machinery coatings. "It's a testimony to Valspar's spirit of innovation and responsiveness that we deliver the highest-quality products and service for our customers around the world. We look forward to continue building our strong partnership with John Deere, which has endured for more than 60 years."

Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.

Valspar employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies on Dec. 15 in Moline, Illinois.  From left to right, Kyle Kerecman, Valspar Account Manager; Donna Gardner, John Deere Supply Base Manager – Paint; Jerimy Erickson, Valspar Global Account Manager; and Brian Froderman, Valspar Global Account Manager.