North American Lighting, Inc. Recognized for Superior and Excellent Launch Performances

NAL superior launch award

Toyota members present North American Lighting President and company representatives with the Superior Launch Performance award. From left to right: David Fernandes, President, TMMAL; Susan Elkingon, President, TMMK; Jack Keller, General Manager of Sales and Marketing, NAL; Kirk Gadberry, President, NAL; Jun Kobayashi, Vice President, NAL; Robert Young, Group Vice President, Purchasing, Supplier Engineering Development, & Cost Planning, TMNA R&D; Nobuhisa Tanaka, Vice President, TMNA R&D

Detroit, MI. April 13, 2018 – North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL), the largest supplier of automotive lighting in North America, was presented with Superior and Excellent awards from Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) on March 20, 2018 for its launches in 2017.

Each year, TMNA recognizes suppliers who exceeded the company’s expectations in several categories at its Annual Supplier Business Meeting (ABM) in Detroit with over 850 supplier representatives from across North America. NAL’s Forward Lighting Plant in Flora, IL was recognized with a Superior Launch Performance award and the company’s Signal Lighting Plant in Salem, IL was recognized with an Excellent Launch Performance award.

“I am sincerely appreciative of Toyota’s recognition of our commitment to successful vehicle launches.  I am equally grateful for the hard work and dedication it took to achieve these awards.  I would like to thank the team members of the Flora and Salem plants for continuing and building upon NAL’s successful relationship with Toyota,” said NAL President, Kirk Gadberry.

“We are pleased to recognize those in our supply base who exceed our high-performance targets and allow us to build ‘ever better vehicles’ for our North American customers.  We thank them and their team members for their tremendous support, partnership and commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration,” said Robert Young, Group Vice President, TMNA R&D Purchasing and Supplier Engineering Development and Cost Planning.

About North American Lighting, Inc.

North American Lighting, Inc. member of the Koito Group of Companies, is the largest automotive lighting manufacturer in North America and has been manufacturing automotive lighting systems for vehicle manufacturers since 1983. NAL is a pioneer in automotive lighting from LEDs to adaptive driving beams, and is now pursuing the latest technology in autonomous driving. NAL’s nine facilities in North America combined with the global network of Koito Group Companies, uniquely positions the company to meet increasing global demands for safe, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and intelligent automotive lighting systems.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Toyota’s 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. Toyota shares company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit

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