(CLEVELAND, OH, Feb. 13, 2013) ― Barnes Distribution, a business of Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE: B), and the leader in vendor-managed inventory for maintenance, repair and operating parts and supplies, is pleased to announce its automotive team recently received the prestigious Ford Rotunda Key Supplier Award.

Following one full-year participation in the Ford Rotunda program, Barnes Distribution was honored with the Key Supplier Award for Achievement of Outstanding Marketing Support and Participation. The Barnes Distribution team accepted the award during the 2012 Rotunda Annual Suppliers Meeting in Allen Park, Michigan, after a record year of key-cutting technology sales.

The Key Supplier Award is given for meeting standards that ensure exemplary service and support to the Rotunda Tool and Equipment Program in the areas of sales support, business alignment, dealer service satisfaction, supply chain management and product marketing management.

The Annual Suppliers Meeting featured 120 national suppliers, gathered to engage in a one-day strategic planning session.  Featured speakers included Ford Rotunda Sales and Marketing Manager, Jeff Nienhuis, and Director of Service Operations, Mike Berardi. Their joint presentation highlighted a key focus on supplier relations as a recommended sales approach for 2013.

“Our team feels privileged to both receive this distinction and connect with such a high performing network of suppliers,” said Chris Paczak, Director of Product Management for Barnes Distribution. “The Barnes Distribution automotive team fully supports the Ford Rotunda program and plans to continue our sales efforts this year.”

About Barnes Distribution

Barnes Distribution is a business of Barnes Group Inc. and an industry leader in logistical support by providing inventory management, technical sales, and supply chain solutions for maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies. The Company offers more than 100,000 products to more than 45,000 customers throughout North America.

About Barnes Group Inc.

Founded in 1857, Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B) is an international aerospace and industrial manufacturing and service provider, serving a wide range of end markets and customers. The products and services provided by Barnes Group are used in far-reaching applications that provide transportation, communication, manufacturing and technology to the world. Barnes Group’s approximately 5,100 dedicated employees, at more than 50 locations worldwide, are committed to achieving consistent and sustainable profitable growth.  For more information, visit