NAPPANEE — Newmar Corp. hosted an elite group at its annual Vendor Appreciation Banquet Thursday evening at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury. 

Approximately 170 people attended the event, at which premier suppliers and their employees were honored in various categories. They are honored for outstanding performance in service and supply to Newmar with various components and material used in production of high quality motor home products.

This year’s winner of the Virgil Miller Award of Excellence was Natural Stone and Tile.

The annual banquet recognizes suppliers for outstanding performance based on internal surveys measuring each supplier in multiple categories while interacting with Newmar’s purchasing, manufacturing, quality, service and engineering departments. A score of 195 of a possible 201 points were required for the suppliers to earn an invitation to the evening’s festivities. Individuals are recognized for the service, dedication, and commitment to serve Newmar.

The companies and individuals recognized were:

Customer Service Award

n Denise Ballenger – Amerikart Corp

n Kelcie Banks – Villa International

n Tammy Washburn – Equipment Services

Sales Person of the Year

n Dick Freel of Kampco Steel Products

Delivery Service Award

n John Hunter – Eckhart Woodworking

Engineering Innovation Award

n HWH Corp

Manufacturing Support Award

n Jim Hoff – Industrial Finishes

Top Ten Suppliers

n Cass Hudson Company

n Country Road Doors

n DH Machine Inc

n PTL Engineering Inc

n Sika Corporation

n SLB Products

n Spartan Motors

n Ultra-Fabrics Inc

n Uni-Grip Inc.

n Westland Sales

Virgil Miller Award

n Natural Stone and Tile

Established in 1968, Newmar is a leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized nationally for its excellence in quality. Newmar, 355 N. Delaware St., Nappenee, is privately owned with dealers in the United States and Canada. 

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