Collins & Aikman Corporation's Old Fort, N.C., facility was recently presented with an "excellent," performance rating by DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

The rating, which was an overall 98 percent, was based on DaimlerChrysler's Supplier Rating Criteria, which includes quality, delivery, cost reductions and minority sourcing. The Old Fort manufacturing facility employs approximately 740 people who produce interior fabrics and molded floor carpets for DaimlerChrysler's Dodge Ram truck T-300 regular and extended cabs, Dodge Dakota and Dodge Stratus vehicles.

"This excellent rating is evidence of the great strides that Collins & Aikman makes in order to deliver industry-leading quality to our customers," said Millard King, Collins & Aikman's Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Carpet and Acoustics and Accessory Mats. "The employees at Old Fort should be extremely proud of this honor and are to be commended."

Collins & Aikman Corporation is a global manufacturer of floor and acoustic systems and a leading supplier of automotive fabric, interior trim, and convertible top systems. The company's operations span the globe with 63 facilities and nearly 16,000 employees in 12 countries who are committed to achieving total excellence. Collins & Aikman's high-quality products combine industry-leading design and styling capabilities, superior manufacturing capabilities and the industry's most effective NVH "quiet" technologies. For more information about Collins & Aikman, visit the company's web site at www.collinsaikman.com.