KSU Awarded "SIEMENS' 2011 Supplier-of-the-Year" & New Association with Vergara Studio, LLC.


Kustom Seating Unlimited, Inc. (KSU), the North American leading designer and manufacturer of custom engineered seating and other interior solutions for the rail industry, has been awarded, “The 2011 SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR”  by Siemens-Mobility Division, Rolling Stock. Siemens Mobility announced the award winner during a banquet held on July 19, 2011 in Sacramento, CA. KSU also was acknowledged with a second award, “In Recognition of Outstanding Performance In Competitiveness In Mechanical Components as a Supplier and Partner.”   

Accepting these prestigious awards on behalf of KSU at the banquet was Rick Komm, Director of Sales and Marketing.  Mr. Komm said,  “I am extremely proud of our company for being recognized by such a world class organization like Siemens especially when you consider the number of suppliers that Siemens requires.”

KSU has been a business partner of Siemens since 2005.  Siemens Mobility Division is globally recognized as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of passenger rail cars.

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Kustom Seating Unlimited, Inc., of Bellwood, IL, (ISO 9001:2008 certified) the North American leader in rail transportation seating products is pleased to announce that it has engaged the services of Vergara Studio LLC (VSL), the internationally recognized industrial design firm for the Rail Industry.

KSU supplies custom engineered seating solutions for all major OEM’s and transit authorities and has been recognized as the 2011 Supplier of the year by a major OEM. KSU was the first seating supplier to have products in service that adhered to the latest American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Rev. 2 standard for safety and crash worthiness.
Integrating KSU’s influences in seating safety, expertise in design, and excellence in manufacturing rail seating with VSL’s signature designs, will define the industry with advanced and innovative seating solutions.

Cesar Vergara, principal at VSL, has served as the National Principal Design at Jacobs Engineering Group, Chief Designer of both Amtrak, and New Jersey Transit and Senior Director of Rail Transportation at Teague. Cesar brings a global view and wide range of expertise and design influences to VSL. As a winner of a Presidential Design Award, Cesar’s work has earned AMTRAK five Brunel awards for excellence in public transportation. His work was featured at the Art Institute of Chicago in their exhibit “Splendid Trains and Stations” as well as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Design Museum in NYC Triennial.  As a very active contributor in the High-speed rail community, Cesar is a frequent speaker in APTA, UIC and other trade association conferences.

VSL will collaborate in the development of a signature line of seating and other products that will compliment KSU’s customer’s over-all interior concepts.  Gene Germaine, Director of Business Development at KSU states, “We intend to use this exclusive relationship with VSL as a way of introducing innovative seating concepts, and enhancements of current designs, to all of our customers.  As we expand our product lines and services, both domestically and internationally, it is important to integrate our creative ideas with the future design needs of our customers.”