Two of ArcelorMittal's key customers — Ford and General Motors — again honored the company for its steel products.

The Luxembourg-based steelmaker was named General Motors Supplier of the Year for the third straight year, and additionally received Ford's highest rating in its annual Business Unit Review for the fifth consecutive year. 

ArcelorMittal was recognized as one of GM's top suppliers, an honor only 110 companies around the world received.

"This honor is a clear reflection of ArcelorMittal's solid contribution to provide GM customers with the best vehicles and services in the industry," said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, global purchasing and supply chain.

Keifer said General Motors couldn't have sold 3.1 million vehicles last year, up five percent from 2014, if it weren't for suppliers like ArcelorMittal. The steelmaker, which employs around 10,000 in Northwest Indiana, makes steel for a wide range of GM vehicles, including the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Colorado, GM Canyon and Chevy Malibu.

"Maintaining the highest level of products, solutions and service for GM, and for all of our automotive customers, is what drives us every day," said Greg Wells, director of automotive sales for ArcelorMittal North America. "When we go above and beyond the customer’s expectations, it’s recognized and continues to pay dividends when it comes time to evaluating our performance."

Ford has given ArcelorMittal its highest ranking for 20 quarters, based on what's produced at its mills in Burns Harbor, Indiana Harbor, the New Carlisle I/N Tek and I/N Kote, as well as mills in Alabama and Ontario. 

Those plants made steel for all aspects of every Ford vehicle, especially the Fusion, Edge and Transit.

"It all starts with understanding Ford’s expectations of us as a supplier," said Peter Bilenki, Ford global account manager for ArcelorMittal. "They rate us in eight categories that include quality, delivery, commercial, cost savings, plant engineering and product development. ... It goes without saying that this cannot be accomplished without the dedication of every one of the extended team members who sell, manufacture, service or deliver steel to Ford."


Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.