WASHINGTON (May 2)—For the fifth consecutive year, the SaarGummi Group has taken a General Motor Corp. Supplier of the Year Award for superior quality, service, technology and price, SaarGummi said. The 2000 Supplier of the Year Award marks the first won by the company under the SaarGummi name. Last year, the firm acquired Thona, which had taken the honor for the four preceding years. SaarGummi designs and manufactures a variety of sealing systems for GM models, as well as other global original equipment manufacturers. The SaarGummi Group consists of nine operations based in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic and India.