The award was presented at Chrysler's third annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony on June 5 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
"This award is solid validation of Kansas City Southern's commitment to our customers," said KCS President and CEO David L. Starling. "We believe our performance in safety, security and sustainability is second to none. An award like this, coming from a high-performing logistics group like Chrysler, clearly supports that belief."
Award recipients were determined based on an evaluation of each company's External Balanced Scorecard performance in 2012 – a rating system that evaluates supplier performance in areas such as quality, delivery, cost, warranty and partnership – and input from Chrysler Group senior leadership.
"KCSM was chosen for the logistics award for providing operational excellence, being a top performer, collaborating in cost-savings initiatives, and actively supporting our sustainability initiatives," said Chrysler Director of Worldwide Logistics and Customs Bill Cook. "Chrysler is pleased to recognize KCSM's outstanding performance on their logistics scorecard and we thank them for consistently working with Chrysler in a proactive manner."
At the Strategy Meeting, Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. purchasing leadership reviewed their strategy for the future and expectations of suppliers. Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne served as the keynote speaker and thanked Chrysler's supply base for the role they played in the company's journey.
"Chrysler could not have reclaimed its future without your unwavering support and crucial contributions of intelligence and vision," said Marchionne. "Our fate is absolutely intertwined with yours. Our commitment to you is to deliver on our promises and help you become a much stronger competitor."