LAKE ZURICH, Ill.—Smalley Steel Ring Co. reported that it received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award for the year 2019, marking the eighth consecutive year the company received the prestigious honor.

General Motors works with thousands of suppliers worldwide, but only a small percentage are presented with this award. The Supplier Quality Excellence Award is presented exclusively to top-performing suppliers that have met or exceeded a rigorous quality audit involving 13 specific requirements, including zero product defects and continual on-time delivery, Smalley said in a release.

“To be recognized for our commitment to quality, customer service, and engineering excellence is a great honor,” said Smalley Director of Quality Engineering Jamie Madison, in the release. “We strive to be a trusted partner to GM and the global automotive industry, so to receive this award for eight consecutive years is a great confirmation of our efforts and position as an industry leader.”

Smalley, the inventor of the edgewound wave spring, is a “quality-driven organization dedicated to manufacturing excellence,” the company said in the release. Its retaining rings and wave springs have been used in automotive applications, from steering systems to electric motors, for more than 100 years. Smalley’s products are manufactured in compliance with ISO 9001, IATF 16949, and ISO 14001.

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