The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) has awarded Global Strategic Supply Solutions (GS3 Global) the 2014 MMSDC Minority Supplier of the Year Award at the 31st Annual MMSDC Awards Program, held on October 7 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

”We felt deeply honored to be nominated among so many outstanding companies,“ said Lisa Lunsford, CEO and co-founder of GS3 Global, “but winning is a truly stunning experience.  This is a victory for all of our employees and supporters, because people are the reason we succeed at what we do.  We think this proves that on-shoring and working locally to compete globally is a winning strategy.”

The award recognizes outstanding achievements of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) in business growth and development, operations, MBE-to-MBE purchases, and other major accomplishments.  The award honors excellence among corporations, minority-owned businesses and individuals who lead in the category of supplier diversity.

Under Lunsford’s leadership, GS3 Global has distinguished itself as a young company that has experienced phenomenal growth during a period of harsh economic challenges for the automotive and manufacturing industries, particularly in the Midwest. Founded in 2010, GS3 Global has been recognized as an industry innovator in supply chain management, global freight management, assembly, sequencing and manufacturing.   In just four years, the company has grown to a workforce of 128 employees with $20 million in annual sales.

GS3 Global’s customers include the Chrysler Group; Ryan Industries, a major Michigan-based automotive supplier; and Citic Dicastal Wheel Manufacturing, located in China.  GS3 Global, based in Livonia, Mich., also specializes in supply chain management and logistics for a variety of industries, working directly with clients’ supply-chain teams to create focused, efficient and rapid solutions, including warehousing, packaging, assembly, sequencing, distribution and manufacturing.

MMSDC presents the award annually to companies in four categories based on annual revenue.  GS3 Global won the Class II award, for companies earning between one and 10 million dollars annually.

Founded in 1977, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) has more than 1,200 certified minority businesses and over 300 corporate members working to further its mission to certify minority businesses,provide access to procurement opportunities, and develop capacity for minority business development.

GS3 Global CEO Lisa Lunsford

GS3 Global CEO Lisa Lunsford