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Wheels Recognizes Canfield Equipment Service as 2017 Up-fit Supplier of the Year

Des Plaines, Ill, November, 2017 – Wheels, Inc., a leader in the automotive fleet management and services industry, is pleased to announce Canfield Equipment as the recipient of its 2017 Up-fit Supplier of the Year Award for performance excellence, exemplary service and innovation.

Wheels presented the award to Canfield’s executive team: Larry Gibson, President and Chief Executive Officer; Nate Gibson, Vice President of Sales, and Dave Decker,  Director of Strategic Planning, on November 10 at  the Wheels headquarters in Des Plaines, IL. 

This is the second year that Wheels has recognized an Up-fit Supplier of the Year. Through their Preferred Supplier Program, Wheels has built solid relationships with a select group of strategic partners that create long-term value for its clients. As part of their supply chain management protocol, Wheels monitors suppliers’ monthly performance in key metrics, including on-time completion, defects per truck, quote turn times, and cycle time. The Supplier of the Year distinction rewards the up-fitter who achieved best annual performance overall.

“Canfield has continuously operated at a high level of excellence throughout 2017, and it is our privilege to commemorate their success with the Wheels Up-Fit Supplier of the Year Award,” said Joe Brightwell, Supply Chain, Quality and Operational Excellence Manager. “Not only did Canfield provide outstanding performance across every category, but they are also a great partner and highly engaged in strategic initiatives to help Wheels meet our client needs, including our Roadmap to Supplier Success and Operating Cost Reduction programs.”

During a reception following the awards ceremony, Wheels presented Canfield with a banner signed by members of their truck engineering team. “We appreciate this recognition and our longstanding partnership with Wheels. It takes both parties to achieve success, and without support from the Wheels truck engineering department this level of achievement wouldn’t be possible,” said Decker.

Based in Warren, Michigan with a second location in Maryland, Canfield Equipment Service Inc. is a leading turn-key up-fitter for fleet, commercial and law enforcement vehicles and customized commercial van conversions. Entering its 40th year, this family-owned company works closely with customers to develop customized solutions that fit their unique transportation needs.


About Wheels

Wheels, Inc. was established in 1939 as the world’s first automotive fleet leasing and management company. Seventy-eight years later, Wheels is one of the largest privately-held companies in North America, featuring a portfolio of more than 325,000 vehicles under management across the continent, capabilities in 54 countries worldwide, and a client base that consists of some of the best-known businesses in the world. In addition to vehicle acquisition and leasing, Wheels provides numerous specialized services that help all sorts of organizations manage their fleets. These include driver/vehicle support functions like maintenance management, fuel cards, and registration processing, as well as strategic account-level consultation to drive optimal fleet efficiency and measure results. For additional information, please contact info@wheels.com.

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