HIROTEC AMERICA Honored by General Motors as a 2003 Supplier of the Year

Auburn Hills, MI., April, 2004 – TESCO Engineering, a member of HIROTEC Worldwide, was named as a General Motors Supplier of the Year for its overall business performance in providing GM with bodyshop hemming equipment and services. The award was given during ceremonies on Saturday, April 3 in Prague at the Hilton Prague Hotel's Congress Hall."

'TESCO Engineering' is representative of the type of company we want to grow with as we drive to be the best worldwide," said Bo Andersson, Vice President, GM Worldwide Purchasing Production Control & Logistics. "TESCO Engineering has a balanced focus on performance and behavior that supports GM's priorities. They are a role model for all of our suppliers.“

TESCO Engineering provides innovative and world class automotive hemming and manufacturing systems, specializing in body closure panels such as doors, hoods, liftgates and decklids. "TESCO Engineering's initiative is to continue to be the industry leader in providing high quality and low cost closure hemming and manufacturing systems." said Jim Toeniskoetter, TESCO Engineering's President.

The GM Supplier of the Year award began as a global program in 1992. Award-winners are selected by a global team of executives from purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and logistics who base their decisions on supplier performance in quality, service, technology and price. This year, General Motors honored 77 suppliers for their excellence throughout 2003.

TESCO Engineering is proud to be the 2003 General Motors Supplier of the Year for Body Shop Hemming Equipment and has been elected this honor for the second time in three years. TESCO Engineering's Chairman & CEO, Mr. Norifumi Uno stated "By working closely with General Motors, we have adapted our hemming expertise to GM's specific requirements. We work hard to satisfy our customers by maintaining the highest quality standards."

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