OZ Lifting Products LLC has received the 2020 Grainger Partners in Performance (PIP) award—for the third time.

OZ Lifting, a Winona, Minnesota-based manufacturer, offers its range of davit cranes, hoists and other lifting equipment through Grainger.

The Winona, Minnesota-based manufacturer offers its range of davit cranes, hoists and other lifting equipment through Grainger, including its line of composite products that, at 40% lighter than steel, offer incredible strength-to-weight ratio and are suitable for a myriad of indoor and outdoor applications.

Grainger Inc., meanwhile, with $11+ billion annual sales, is North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products. The PIP awards celebrate suppliers that exceed the performance standards necessary to meet customer expectations and remain competitive in an ever-changing world. Winners are among an elite group of strategic suppliers.

Steve Napieralski, president at OZ Lifting, said: “This is our 13th year doing business with Grainger. It is the largest global company that we distribute through; they have a wide range of customers, such as hospitals, colleges, manufacturing, oil and gas, entertainment, etc. As a small business, we are thrilled to be able to serve the broad scope of their customer base.”

Grainger completes a monthly scorecard that tracks a number of different metrics, such as stock fill rate, drop ship availability, and shipping compliance. Stock fill rate, Napieralski explained, is the percentage of purchase order quantities that are on time for lines expected to ship in a month, while it also monitors a percentage of a supplier’s drop ship purchase orders that ship on time for lines that are expected to ship over the same period.


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