The Highland Group, a business consulting firm, has been named "2012 Services Vendor of the Year" by Vi-Jon Inc., a leading manufacturer of private label products. The Highland Group was honored at Vi-Jon’s annual "Vendor Appreciation" event.
Andrew Reckner, senior partner, The Highland Group, accepted the award by saying, “We are honored to be included among Vi-Jon’s top business partners and look forward collaborating on additional performance improvement initiatives in the years to come. This award reflects our commitment to driving measurable business results for our clients through operational execution and behavioral change.”
Based in St. Louis, Vi-Jon produces more than 4,000 products across a broad range of categories, including oral care, soaps, first aid, baby care and hair care. Key Vi-Jon customers include Costco, CVS, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Kroger, Safeway, Sam’s Club, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.
The Highland Group and Vi-Jon partnered throughout 2012 to achieve sustainable performance improvements in manufacturing operations, including labor and waste cost reductions as well as formulation quality enhancement. Together, they achieved Vi-Jon’s operational goals by enhancing manufacturing planning, scheduling, throughput and reliability.