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Spartan Chassis Honors PPG With 2008 SPARC Award

Published on 2008-06-18. Author : SpecialChem

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Spartan Chassis, Inc., a Charlotte, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom chassis and vehicles for the national emergency-rescue, recreational and specialty vehicle markets, recently honored PPG Industries' automotive refinish business with its 2008 SPARC Award for outstanding supplier performance. The announcement was made at Spartan's Sixth Annual Supplier Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, Mich.

PPG representatives Jim Cole, account executive (center), and Greg Sarnacki, commercial sales manager (second from right), accept the SPARC Award from representatives of Spartan Chassis (from left): Dave Eder, systems and process director; Art Ickes, vice president of operations; and Jim Logan, vice president of engineering

Spartan Chassis determines SPARC (Supplier Performance Action Review Committee) Award winners based on suppliers' engineering and manufacturing support, product quality and price, innovation and responsiveness. PPG was heavily involved in the construction of a new paint facility in Charlotte for Spartan Chassis' growing fire truck business. PPG provided technical support along with product and equipment recommendations.

"I can't say enough about the support we received from PPG," said Dennis Beard, Spartan Chassis purchasing supervisor. "They rose to every occasion. Their responsiveness was phenomenal in allaying any concerns we had. So when it came time to nominate contenders for the SPARC Award, PPG was first to come to mind."

PPG has had a long-term relationship with Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., serving as the company's primary paint supplier and providing them with Delfleet finishes. "We offer many custom colors for fire trucks around the country," Beard said. "They're not all red. We've had orders for fluorescent yellowish green and even light blue for Hawaii. PPG supplies it all."

Greg Sarnacki, PPG commercial zone manager, accepted the award along with PPG Account Executive Jim Cole. Sarnacki said, "Spartan Motors is a key player in the fire and emergency segment. We work very hard to try and understand their business and their service needs, and we're happy to help them in every way we can. Receiving the SPARC Award is quite an honor."

Cole added, "Paint is often considered a commodity. It's a nice surprise to see our efforts are recognized. We want to be of service to Spartan and to all our customers - not just sell them a can of paint."

Spartan Chassis has three divisions: fire truck, motor homes and defense products. Suppliers serving any of the three were considered for the award.

About PPG:

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG's sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Source: PPG Industries

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