Employees of Deerfield’s MPI Products, LLC, celebrated Wednesday, May 10, after hearing they’d received a national recognition.

A Q1 flag is flying over their headquarters on Grand Avenue in Deerfield.

MPI was awarded Q1 certification by the Ford Motor Company during a ceremony and celebration held at Fireman’s Park on Wednesday.

The certification is considered a worldwide indicator recognizing MPI for producing auto parts of exceptional quality while excelling in four different areas: capable systems, continuous improvement, ongoing performance and satisfied customers.

MPI had previously been recognized as a Q1 manufacturer, but lost the status in 2007.

“This goal took a little longer to achieve then we originally hoped,” said Chief Financial Officer Mike Putz. “But I don’t think for one second during those ten years that MPI Wisconsin wasn’t Q1 caliber, because we were.”

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