Westfield, NJ, June 15, 2012 – Atlantic Container Line (ACL) today announced that American Honda has been recognized as a top supplier with its Premier Partner Award.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. President and CEO Tetsuo Iwamura presented the company’s Premier Partner Award to Atlantic Container Line on May 31 for excellence in international transportation service. ACL was one of 15 award recipients selected from 41 suppliers nominated by American Honda associates nationwide.
"We have been working with Honda for over 20 years and it is such a privilege to have them as a customer. It is gratifying to be recognized for the second time with American Honda's Premier Partner Award. It makes us want to try even harder to justify their honoring of ACL as their favorite ocean carrier," said Andrew J. Abbott, ACL’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
The Premier Partner Awards were established in 1998 to recognize suppliers who embrace American Honda’s philosophy of exceeding customer expectations. This year’s award winners represent excellence in a variety of industries including logistics, transportation, marketing, consulting, security and much more.
“Today we acknowledge an outstanding group of suppliers who exemplify Honda’s philosophy of delivering the highest possible value to our customers through quality products and customer service,” said Gary Kessler, American Honda’s senior vice president of Human Resources, Administration and Corporate Affairs. “With all of the different facets of our business, we appreciate the outstanding support from these dedicated organizations and thank them for their contribution to Honda’s success.”
Based on Honda's longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer" Honda currently operates 14 manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and automatic transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and Honda power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda started local production in the U.S. with motorcycles in 1979. In 1982, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to produce passenger cars in the U.S. Honda has continued to expand its local production capabilities, and cumulative automobile production in North America surpassed 23 million units in 2011.
Since 1967, ACL has been a specialized carrier in the Trans-Atlantic trade of containers, project and oversized cargo, heavy equipment and vehicles with the world’s largest combination RORO/Containerships. The company’s headquarters are in Westfield, New Jersey with offices throughout Europe and North America. ACL offers five transatlantic sailings each week as well as a direct RORO/Container service under its parent company, Grimaldi Lines, between North America and West Africa. The company also offers through service for non-containerizeable cargo to the Mediterranean, Russia, Middle East, South Africa, Australia and the Far East. ACL is a subsidiary company of the Grimaldi Group of Naples, Italy.