Rinnai Makes History, First Tankless Water Heater Manufacturer to Earn “A,A” Three Years in a Row

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (Aug. 4, 2014) – Rinnai America Corporation was honored with the coveted “Partners of Choice” Award from David Weekley Homes. For a third consecutive year, Rinnai received an “A,A" ranking, the homebuilder's most prestigious designation for both Quality and Service. Rankings consider the performance of providing goods and services through the entire supply chain over the past 12 months.

“Our evaluation platform challenges our partners to practice a concept we call Channel Alignment,” said Bill Justus, vice president of supply chain services for David Weekley Homes. “This occurs when all parties in the channel work together in support of the customer, the builder. Rinnai through their actions have proven to be truly world-class in delivering against this concept.”

In 2004, David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest, privately held homebuilder, implemented its comprehensive supplier evaluation system. This unique platform challenges its national trading partners to provide the optimum combination of price, service and quality to the homebuilder.

“Rinnai invests in the relationship, remains cost competitive, demonstrates growth, listens to its customer, the builder, and provides a timely resolution if an issue occurs,” Justus said.

“The reliability and performance of Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters is unmatched. Rinnai is proud to be the only tankless water manufacturer to be recognized with the presitigious “Partners of Choice Award,” by David Weekley Homes, a well respected and prestigious builder,” said Aaron Baugh, national residential business development manager at Rinnai. “Earning one of 13 “A,A” awards ranks us in the top performers of David Weekley Homes suppliers.”

The comprehensive supplier evaluation system allows David Weekley Homes to analyze supplier performance in diverse industries, provide feedback, and recognize outstanding achievers. Under this process Team Members are initially asked to rate each supplier’s performance on Quality and Service. Then through a series of discussions, meetings, and coaching calls, David Weekley Homes and its suppliers search for the best way to achieve excellence together. Through this process, David Weekley Homes takes “partnering with its suppliers” to a world-class level.

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About David Weekley Homes

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 18 cities across the United States. David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and two-time recipient of “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared eight times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 70,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s web site at www.davidweekleyhomes.com.

About Rinnai
Rinnai America Corporation, a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation in Nagoya, Japan, was established in 1974 and is headquartered in Peachtree City ,Georgia. Rinnai Corporation manufactures gas appliances including tankless water heaters, a wide range of kitchen appliances and heating and air conditioning units. As the technology leader in its industry, Rinnai is the largest gas appliance manufacturer in Japan and is the number-one selling brand of tankless gas water heaters in North America. Annual corporate revenues, including those of its subsidiaries, are in excess of $2.5 billion. With a global perspective to create 21st century products for the home and business, Rinnai Corporation commits itself to safety and the pursuit of comfortable lifestyles. For more information about Rinnai’s entire product line, visit rinnai.us.