TOLEDO, Ohio, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Pilkington Libbey-Owens-Ford's Lathrop, Calif., facility has earned three awards from its customers: a certificate of achievement in delivery performance from New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI); a delivery performance award from Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America (TMMNA); and a value improvement award from TMMNA.  Lathrop's delivery performance to NUMMI was outstanding in 1998, delivering 100 percent of its shipments on schedule.  The Lathrop facility supplies NUMMI with all automotive glass for the Geo Prism and Toyota Camry.  Pilkington LOF earned both TMMNA awards for its work supplying glass for the Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck.  It is the second consecutive year Pilkington LOF has received the award for its work with the Toyota Tacoma.  "We're very proud to have been honored by NUMMI and Toyota with these awards," said Jim Meglan, Lathrop's OE manufacturing manager.  "As a team committed to quality, we were able to meet or exceed NUMMI's targets for excellence.  We're striving to achieve these awards again for 1999."  The NUMMI delivery performance award was presented March 11 at the NUMMI Supplier Conference.  The TMMNA delivery performance and value improvement awards were presented March 18 at the Toyota Supplier Conference.  Both automakers award suppliers for outstanding achievement in the areas of overall quality, delivery performance and value improvement or cost reduction.  The Lathrop facility currently employs 368 float manufacturing and original equipment workers and has an annual production capacity of more than 360,000 automotive glass sets.  NUMMI was established in 1984 as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors.  NUMMI manufactures the Toyota Corolla sedan, Toyota Tacoma pick-up and Chevrolet Prizm, and is the only vehicle manufacturing plant in California.  Pilkington Libbey-Owens-Ford is part of the worldwide Pilkington Group. Pilkington is a world leader in glass products for the building, transport and electronics markets.  The Group has sales of more than $4.2 billion (US dollars), over 31,000 employees and operations in more than 20 countries including Canada, the United Sates and Mexico.  Pilkington is the world's automotive glass technology leader, focused on utilizing global technology to offer automotive designers the widest selection of high performance glass products in the world.    SOURCE  Pilkington Libbey-Owens-Ford /CONTACT:  Philip Webb of Pilkington LOF, 419-246-6088, or; or Carmela Khury of Eisbrenner Public Relations, 248-641-1446, or  CO:  Pilkington Libbey-Owens-Ford; New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc.;   Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America ST:  Ohio, California IN:  AUT REA SU: 
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