YAKIMA HONORED WITH SUBARU OF AMERICA 2008 “SUPPLIER EXCELLENCE AWARD”

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vehicle Rack Company Recognized This Month as One of Twelve Companies for Outstanding Performance as Accessory Supplier

BEAVERTON, Ore. (April 29, 2009) – Yakima, an innovator in vehicle racks for boats, bikes, camping, winter sports gear and cargo solutions, has been recognized by Subaru of America with its 2008 Subaru “Supplier Excellence Award,” for overall excellence in product development, marketing, quality, sourcing, supply, transportation, warranty and accounting. Yakima received the award earlier this month at Subaru of America’s Supplier Awards in New Jersey.
Yakima, a repeat “Supplier Excellence Award” winner, has partnered with Subaru since 1989. Currently, Yakima provides multi-sport base systems, bike, cargo, kayak and ski racks for Subaru of America. In addition, for the past 4 years, Subaru of America has stepped up as the presenting sponsor of Yakima’s grassroots marketing program, the Road Warrior Tour, by outfitting these regional reps with Subaru Tribecas, allowing the companies to collaborate on cycling, paddling and skiing events across the nation.

 “We have developed a strong, multi-faceted alliance that bodes well for a strong future together,” said Ron Ten Berge, vice president of sales and marketing for Yakima. “Yakima is well known for delivering superior products and services to the automotive industry, where Subaru ranks extremely high for its customer satisfaction and brand loyalty. Together, Subaru and Yakima can provide its consumers with quality vehicles and accessories to hit the road safe and in style to get to their outdoor destination of choice.”

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, NJ, the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of nearly 600 dealers across the United States. Subaru boasts the most fuel-efficient line-up of all-wheel drive products sold in the market today based on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy standards. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero- landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

About Yakima 
Yakima is a world leader in the design and manufacture of cargo management equipment solutions for outdoor enthusiasts. Yakima’s products include: vehicle racks for bikes, boats, ski equipment and gear, a line of cargo boxes and bags for a variety of needs, as well as high performance multi-sport trailers. Yakima Products is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.