Leading automotive supplier earns two Commodity Awards and 10 Gold Awards

Recognizing its world-class supplier performance in 1999, Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI - news) has earned two 1999 DaimlerChrysler Commodity Awards -- for its interior and battery businesses -- and an impressive 10 Gold Awards.

"We are extremely honored that DaimlerChrysler has recognized our commitment to providing superior automotive interior systems and batteries," said Rande Somma, president of North America for Johnson Controls. "As a global market leader, we are committed to continuously anticipating, meeting and exceeding our customers' ever-changing needs."

The Commodity Award, formerly known as the Platinum Pentastar Award, is given to divisions of top suppliers that demonstrate exceptional performance within a commodity. Johnson Controls was the only Commodity Award winner in the interiors category and one of three award winners in the electrical/electronic category.

The Gold Award, formerly known as the Gold Pentastar Award, is given to specific supplier locations in three main categories -- production, non- production and logistics. Ten Johnson Controls locations were singled out for going above and beyond the expected work they perform for DaimlerChrysler.

Both Commodity and Gold Awards are based upon excelling in various criteria, including quality, timely delivery, cost reductions and environmental regulatory compliance, as well as receiving a recommendation from the various DaimlerChrysler representatives who work with Johnson Controls.

The Plymouth, Michigan (U.S.A.)-based automotive business of Johnson Controls -- which employs more than 65,000 people at 275 facilities worldwide -- achieved US$12.1 billion in sales for the 1999 fiscal year. In model-year 2000, it will supply interior products for more than 23 million vehicles.

Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services, energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls, founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (U.S.A.). Its sales for 1999 totaled US$16.1 billion.