NEW ALBANY, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVGI), a leading supplier of fully integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, is pleased to announce that Diane Bond, Operations Manager at the Company's Edgewood, Iowa, facility was recognized by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award. Ms. Bond earned the STEP Award for her excellence and leadership in manufacturing. She joins 121 other woman honorees, representing all levels of manufacturing from the factory floor to the C Suite.
The STEP Awards – part of a larger initiative launched by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, the University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers – examines and promotes the role of women in manufacturing through recognition, research and best practices for attracting, advancing and retaining strong female talent.
"We are extremely pleased that Diane's contributions to the Company were recognized by this important new initiative," said Kevin R.L. Frailey, President & General Manager of Global Electrical Systems for Commercial Vehicle Group. "In a dynamic global economy, Diane and her team are largely responsible for the long-term livelihood of the Company's Edgewood facility, which makes wiring harnesses and electrical cabinets for major customers such as John Deere, Caterpillar, Oshkosh Corporation and Komatsu.""Under Caterpillar's SQE Program, Diane and her team achieved PLATINUM status two years in a row for process capability, quality, continuous improvement, delivery and six-sigma deployment. Less than two-dozen sites globally have achieved this honor. Thanks to Diane's leadership, the plant has also been given the top supplier ranking at Caterpillar under their Supplier Quality Excellence Program. With this kind of performance, Diane and her team have helped gain an impressive amount of business for the Edgewood plant," Frailey stated.
"The STEP Ahead initiative was founded to change perceptions of the manufacturing industry and create new opportunities for women in the sector," said Latondra Newton, Group Vice President at Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Chair of the STEP Ahead initiative. "This initiative is the call for action to transform the face of today's manufacturing talent and ensure that women can contribute to the future of this industry, added Ms. Newton."About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. is a leading supplier of a full range of cab related products and systems for the global commercial vehicle market, including the heavy-duty (Class 8) truck market, the construction, military, bus and agriculture markets and the specialty transportation markets. Our products include static and suspension seat systems, electronic wire harness assemblies, controls and switches, cab structures and components, interior trim systems (including instrument panels, door panels, headliners, cabinetry and floor systems), mirrors and wiper systems specifically designed for applications in commercial vehicles. The Company is headquartered in New Albany, OH with operations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at www.cvgrp.com.