Rating is highest Deere & Company bestows on a supplier UPS will be recognized as a 2013 Partner-level supplier in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-level status is Deere & Company's highest supplier rating. The Atlanta-based company was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing services of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement. Vice President of Network Operations Matt Connelly, Vice President of Enterprise Accounts Rusty Tebo and Director of Enterprise Accounts Angie Bellafiore will accept the recognition in a Feb. 18 ceremony in Davenport, IA. UPS has provided solutions to Deere & Company since the 1980s using an array of offerings, including small package and air freight services to supply parts distribution centers and dealerships. UPS ships to approximately 590 Deere locations throughout the United States. Suppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.