Libbey Sweeps 'Best in Class' Awards


TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct 29, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Libbey Inc. (NYSE: LBY), the leading provider of tabletop products for the U. S. foodservice industry, is proud to announce that it has taken "Overall Best in Class" and three other "Best in Class" honors in the 2007 Best in Class Study conducted by Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine (FE&S), a highly regarded trade publication of Reed Business Information. Libbey was rated in the top position by every customer group surveyed.

For six straight years, Libbey has won "Best in Class" awards in the study. This year Libbey achieved a clean sweep, winning "Best in Class" for tabletop in the Dealer, Broadliner, and Operator categories as well as "Overall Best in Class" for tabletop.

FE&S conducted 1,000 interviews with a sampling of dealers, broadliners, consultants, and operators to uncover those companies that have earned a reputation for being the best of the best when it comes to meeting their diverse needs. Participants rated companies based on:

    -- product quality
    -- the ability to properly service and support the product
    -- responsiveness
    -- an understanding of the foodservice industry
    -- product inventory and ability to deliver as needed

"Those select few with the ability to deliver on all five of these attributes have truly earned the right to call themselves 'Best in Class'," writes FE&S in their October 2007 issue. "When a consultant, dealer, or broadliner recommends a product to an operator, they lay their reputation on the line," continues the publication's website. "In doing so, they trust that their manufacturer partner will be flexible and responsive when it comes to after-sales support. And more importantly, they want to know that their manufacturer partners are committed to cultivating a long-term relationship with their clients and not just interested in pushing boxes out the loading dock door." Libbey's efforts to strengthen relationships with partners throughout the past year have resulted in increased trust and higher visibility for the company, as evidenced by these honors.

"We're extremely pleased to receive these honors," states John F. Meier, Libbey chairman and chief executive officer. "It's gratifying to know our customers think of Libbey in these terms. We strive to develop relationships with everyone in our partners' organizations, so they know that they can call us for help, guidance, advice, training, or ideas at any time."

Libbey recently launched its new foodservice theme for 2008 -- Bold New Directions -- at the NAFEM Show in Atlanta. The company continues to set the standard in the foodservice industry with innovative new products. Its strong brands reflect the quality and service that Libbey customers have come to expect.

    Libbey Inc.:
    -- is the largest manufacturer of glass tableware in the western
       hemisphere and one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the
    -- is expanding its international presence with facilities in China,
       Mexico, the Netherlands and Portugal;
    -- is the leading manufacturer of  tabletop products for the U.S.
       foodservice industry; and
    -- supplies products to foodservice, retail, industrial and
       business-to-business customers in over 100 countries.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Company operates glass tableware manufacturing plants in the United States in Louisiana and Ohio, as well as in Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. Its Crisa subsidiary, located in Monterrey, Mexico, is the leading producer of glass tableware in Mexico and Latin America. Its Royal Leerdam subsidiary, located in Leerdam, Netherlands, is among the world leaders in producing and selling glass stemware to retail, foodservice and industrial clients. Its Crisal subsidiary, located in Portugal, provides an expanded presence in Europe. Its Syracuse China subsidiary designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive line of high-quality ceramic dinnerware, principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its World Tableware subsidiary imports and sells a full-line of metal flatware and holloware and an assortment of ceramic dinnerware and other tabletop items principally for foodservice establishments in the United States. Its Traex subsidiary, located in Wisconsin, designs, manufactures and distributes an extensive line of plastic items for the foodservice industry. In 2006, Libbey Inc.'s net sales totaled $689.5 million.

SOURCE Libbey Inc.


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