Worthington Industries has earned recognition as a John Deere Partner-level supplier – Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating – and the company has been inducted into the 10-year Supplier Hall of Fame in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program.
Worthington Industries, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a supplier of hot-rolled and cold-rolled cut-to-length steel sheets to John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, Illinois; John Deere Horicon Works in Horicon, Wisconsin; and John Deere Ottumwa Works in Ottumwa, Iowa. The steel sheets are used in the fabrication and assembly of lawn and garden equipment, utility vehicles, combine harvesters, and hay and forage equipment.
Hall of Fame status with John Deere is given after a supplier attains a Partner-level rating for five consecutive years, and this marks Worthington’s second back-to-back appearance in this category. Worthington was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement, the company reports.
“To be inducted into John Deere’s 10-year Supplier Hall of Fame, this year in particular, is a milestone worthy of celebration,” says Worthington Industries Steel Processing president Jeff Klingler. “Considering 2021 spanned one of the tightest steel markets in recent history, it truly demonstrates our team’s commitment to continually innovating and finding creative solutions to meet our customers’ needs, no matter the challenge.” Klingler adds, “We’re proud of our long-standing partnership with John Deere and the role we play in supporting their work to positively shape the spaces that sustain us.”
Employees from Worthington’s dedicated John Deere account team accepted the recognition during virtual ceremonies held earlier this year. Worthington was one of five 10-year Hall of Fame recipients recognized during the event.
Worthington operates 58 facilities in 16 states and nine countries, sells into more than 90 countries and employs approximately 9,500 people.