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Gustave A. Larson Announces 2016 PEAQ Award Winners

 September, 7th 2017     Comments     Views

The Gustave A. Larson Company recently celebrated the 28th anniversary of our supplier evaluation program, Partners in Excellence and Quality (PEAQ). An awards dinner was held at the Blue Mound Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on June 29, 2017 to honor the top five supplier winners for 2016.  

The PEAQ Program was created out of the desire of Karl G. Larson to find a means to honor the partnership between the Gustave A. Larson Company and its business partners. The companies honored were Advanced Distributor Products, Armacell LLC, Heatcraft Refrigeration Products, Nu-Calgon and Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling and Heating. All received the 2016 Partners in Excellence and Quality (PEAQ) Award.  

Photo caption:( Left to Right) Andrew Larson, CEO of Gustave A. Larson Company; Herb Daugherty, Director Inventory Management of Gustave A. Larson Company; Mark Kuntz, Senior Vice President, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating; Bill Morrison, General Manager – Insulation North America, Armacell LLC; Howard Schmidt, Recipient of the Karl G. Larson Legacy Award; Tom Overs, VP & General Manager, Advance Distributor Products; Robert Pierce, President, Nu-Calgon; Larry Golen, VP & General Manager, Heatcraft Refrigeration Products; Scott Larson, President/COO of Gustave A. Larson Company.

Howard Schmidt, former VP and General Manager of Advance Distributor Products, was the recipient of the Karl G. Larson Legacy Award. In his role as Vice President and General Manager at ADP, Howard lead the charge to integrate our areas of supplier evaluation into the business processes at ADP. When Howard joined ADP in 2005, he task individuals at ADP with specific goals to begin the process of securing recognition as a PEAQ Award winner which had been done in 2000 and 2001. His goal was met for the first time in 2007 and ADP has been in the Top Five every year since.  This award is in recognition of his commitment to the partnership which exists between the distributor and the supplier. 

The winners of the PEAQ Award are chosen through an evaluation of data collected throughout the year considering various measurements of the quality of partnering in business. Factors considered in the supplier evaluation process include product quality, profitability, marketing support, sales support, electronic commerce capabilities, on-time deliveries, lead-time performance, warranty policy, credit terms, business policies and procedures.

Herb Daugherty, Director of Inventory Management, administers Larson’s PEAQ Program. He had this to say about the program, “The companies that are selected to win the PEAQ Award, are chosen through an evaluation process which includes participation from every department and every region of the Gustave A. Larson Company.  

The primary goal of the PEAQ Program is to help us find ways to work more closely with our supplier partners for the mutual benefit of our companies. The PEAQ Program is reviewed regularly to make sure the areas which are being evaluated are still relevant and important to the mutual success of our business partners, as well as, the Gustave A. Larson Company. 

This was our 28th year for the Partners in Excellence and Quality Program and it remains an important communication tool to our suppliers.”