Award selections are based on four factors – creativity, feasibility, collaboration, and bottom-line impact. John Deere created the supplier innovation awards in 2010 to promote innovation in the company’s supply base and recognize suppliers who think creatively. Valspar was recognized for its recent breakthrough development in powder coatings – Valspar Valde ECP. Valspar Valde ECP is a two coat powder coating system that delivers superior edge corrosion resistance, but only requires one trip through the cure oven. The net impact is a lean and low cost mechanism to deliver the corrosion performance required by the heavy machinery industry.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, The Valspar Corporation is committed to innovation and is a recognized leading global supplier within the paint and coatings industry. Valspar has provided heavy-duty performance coatings to John Deere around the globe for more than 65 years. Valspar employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on February 18, 2014 in Moline, Illinois.
“We are honored to receive the John Deere supplier innovation award,” said Jason Bolz, Valspar’s director of Global Heavy Machinery. “This award confirms our commitment to innovation that our customers value, and customer value is the ultimate metric we use to define success. To be recognized by a leader like John Deere is true validation of our commitment to innovation excellence.”