Johnson Controls honored by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council as 2013 Corporation of the Year

Company recognized for developing and working with diverse suppliers

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, a global diversified company in the building and automotive industries, was recognized by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) as a 2013 Corporation of the Year, Tier 1 – Manufacturing Category for the company’s achievements in developing and working with diverse suppliers.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the MMSDC with this award,” said Charles A. Harvey, chief diversity officer and vice president of Community Affairs. “I’m proud to say that this year Johnson Controls’ business units have contributed to more than $640 million in diverse spending with 52 minority suppliers in Michigan.”

This year marks the 14th time in the past 18 years that Johnson Controls has been honored with this award from the MMSDC.

In addition, Kristen Cebulski, senior buyer for Johnson Controls Automotive Seating, was recognized as Buyer of the Year by MMSDC.

The award strengthens Johnson Controls’ candidacy for the National Corporation of the Year Award, which will be announced by the national MSDC on Oct. 30.

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About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:
Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With 240 locations worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability, we supply approximately 50 million cars per year.

About Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council:
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. The MMSDC advances this mission by facilitating over $20 billion annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). The Michigan Council has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as Regional Council of the Year three times since 2007 for its work in promoting minority business development. For more information about the MMSDC, visit

SOURCE Johnson Controls