Houston-based David Weekley Homes has announced the winners of its annual Partners of Choice awards, and Uponor North America (Uponor) was recognized for the fifth year in a row, this year receiving an ‘A’ ranking in quality.
In its 15th year, the Partners of Choice awards recognize companies who participate in David Weekley Homes’ yearlong assessment and feedback program that collaborates with suppliers to set high industry standards and drive improvement. Of the 200 companies assessed in the supplier feedback platform, only six have won for the past five years in a row.
“All our national trading partners are focused on achieving excellence, but many have never received our award,” says Bill Justus, vice president of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes and creator of the assessment program. “Our assessment system allows us a quantifiable way to measure excellence.”
Uponor began participating in the Partners of Choice assessment program in 2014 when David Weekley Homes started incorporating the Uponor AquaPEX plumbing system and the AquaSAFE multipurpose fire sprinkler system in all its homes across the U.S.
The program includes a customer portal unique to each supplier where companies can receive feedback results from the current year as well as previous years to analyze and assess their progress.
“By providing our partners with the analytical tools they receive from the program, we can help them improve with us as well as their other customers,” says Justus. “Our suppliers tell us that the program has improved their businesses and helped them become stronger competitors in the marketplace.”
Since its inception in 2004, the Partners of Choice assessment program is continuing to set new industry standards for quality and process improvement, seeing an average increase of 13 percent each year in supplier engagement and progress.
“Being one of the companies to be recognized for the past five years in a row is a honor,” says Carl Hines, national builder sales manager at Uponor. “Participating in the Partners of Choice assessment program has been an asset to Uponor, helping us on our quest to advance the plumbing and heating industry and further enhance the customer experience.”