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P&G Recognizes Top Performing Suppliers

First-ever Supplier Summit brings focus to continued collaboration

CINCINNATI, Oct. 17, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) hosted 350 of its top global suppliers this week in Cincinnati, Ohio to discuss their continued collaboration with P&G for a sustainable future and to honor top performing suppliers.

"Our suppliers are critical partners in helping us bring innovation to life, manage our costs and improve productivity," explained P&G's Global Product Supply Officer Keith Harrison. "With the current global economic uncertainty, strong relationships with suppliers are more important than ever to achieving P&G's sustainability goals and supporting the company's growth today and going forward."

Receiving highest honors as "Suppliers of the Year" among P&G's 80,000 suppliers were:

-- Cly-Del Manufacturing Co. of Waterbury, Connecticut providing battery parts to P&G's Duracell business in North America;

-- Diamond Packaging of Rochester, NY providing packaging for multiple products, particularly to P&G's blades, razors and Duracell businesses;

-- Jones Lang LaSalle of Chicago, Illinois providing facilities management services;

-- Nippon Shokubai of Tokyo, Japan providing absorbent gel material for P&G's diaper business;

-- Novozymes of Bagsvaerd, Denmark is an enzyme supplier for P&G's laundry and cleaning products;

-- RTC of Chicago, Illinois providing in-store marketing displays.

"We want to honor and recognize our suppliers for superior performance, service and partnership to our business," said Rick Hughes, vice president of Global Purchases. "Top performing partners who understand our business and can see their role in our goals help us turn challenges into opportunities, even into competitive advantages."

"Suppliers of the Year" achieved this recognition by consistently scoring the highest in broad based quantitative and qualitative evaluations by P&G employees throughout the supply chain.

"In return for our suppliers' collaboration and contributions, we want them to also understand that P&G is equally committed to their success," said Hughes. "We work towards that goal every day but we also had a desire to bring together our top suppliers to illustrate our commitment and emphasize P&G's collaboration going forward."

In addition to the "Supplier of the Year" awards, all companies performing consistently at high levels within P&G's internal supplier performance management system earned the "Excellence Award." These recipients include: Appleton, ARS, ARACRUZ CELULOSE, Attends Healthcare AB, BASF, BIS Frucon Industrial Services Inc., BISCHOF+KLEIN, Boots Contract Manufacturing, Cly-Del Manufacturing Co., CROWN Aerosol Packaging, Diamond Packaging, Dynacast, Evonik Industries, Evonik Stockhausen, Fibertex Nonwovens, Fabio Perini S.p.A., Firmenich, Haney PRC, Harris & Ford, Hayco Ltd., Heitkamp and Thumann, Heng Chang Machinery Company Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Company, Jones Lang LaSalle, Magic mp S.p.A., Nippon Shokubai, Novozymes, Pegas Nonwovens, Pierce Promotions, Plastipak Packaging Incorporated, Platinum Rye Entertainment, Pratt Industries, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Promotion Execution Partners, Raven Transport Co., Inc., Rising, River City Furniture, RKW AG, Rockwell Automation, RTC, Schneider National, Shell Chemical, Shell Energy North America, Skanem, Smith Transport, Inc., The Strive Group, Superior Bulk Logistics, Inc., Technimark, Toyo Aerosol Industry Co, TSS Technologies, VWR International.

P&G also recognized its top performing minority and women-owned suppliers which include: Hooven Dayton Corporation, Integrated Packaging Corporation, Resource Interactive, as well as the majority supplier who did the most to build supplier diversity spending: Starcom Worldwide.

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