Platinum Source Preferred Awardees

Scenes from the Platinum
Source Preferred and
Supplier of the Year
Conference & Awards
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Honors 72 Top Suppliers
on May 2, 2012 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
for attaining distinction in
product quality, on-time delivery,
customer satisfaction and
robust lean processes
“Building honest,
lasting relationships
with you, our
suppliers, has always
been a key part of who
we are … We rely on
you to be an active part
of building and
developing our
products and
overseeing the work of
your supply chain.”
— “Emcee” Wink Williams, Director,
GSC’s Goods Movement, welcoming suppliers at
the Aerospace Systems Supplier Conference and
Awards on May 2, 2012
Enduring partnerships rely on honesty and trust.
Non proprietary; Unclassified
“We need your help to
achieve cost and
affordability targets,
meet commitments
and develop robust
Together, we must
perform and drive
down costs so we
can keep the work.”
— Chuck Wands, Sector Vice President,
Business Management, and
Chief Financial Officer,
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Together we must perform and drive down costs.
“The programs you support are
just amazing. I want to offer my
personal congratulations for
your accomplishments. You
have provided quality products
on time, on cost, and in
today’s environment, that’s no
small feat. I also want to thank
many of you for your
approaches to affordability. …
We’re relying on you to
aggressively act upon and
mitigate performance
— Lisa Kohl, Sector Vice President,
Global Supply Chain
Aggressively act to mitigate performance challenges.
“How do we survive in this difficult
fiscal environment? Despite fewer
new starts, opportunities remain to
expand work. We need to work
together to translate program
successes into program support.
When we reach a significant
program milestone, we need to
make sure our customers and
stakeholders know about it. We can
also help customers by better
understanding their mission needs
and adapting our solutions to
address them. And above all, we
must execute on cost and on
— Dave Zabalaoui, Director,
Business Development, Space Systems,
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Educate customers; Share program successes.
“We foster business connections.
Bring us in early, during the
proposal stage, to help you find
qualified small businesses,
especially in historically
underutilized business zones and
with service-disabled veterans.
Those relationships are crucial.”
-- Vicky Harper-Hall, Manager,
Socio-Economic Business Programs,
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Bring us in early to help find qualified small businesses.
“Thanks to your help, we now
have the most secure supplier
portal in the industry. Security
upgrades over the past two
years have resulted in a stateof-the-art portal, compliant
with both our customer’s
export compliance and digital
identity requirements. Your
digital identity, like a passport,
allows us to securely exchange
contracts and technical data
with quality and speed.”
— Dean Westcott, Director,
Business Systems Integration,
Global Supply Chain, Northrop
Grumman Aerospace Systems
Goal is a secure, compliant and useful supplier portal.
“Counterfeit parts are threatening
the welfare of our warfighters.
Our tiered prevention strategy
involves awareness training,
timely reporting, and on-site audits
of Counterfeit Electronic Parts
Control Plans. We’re maximizing
procurements from OCMs and
OEMs — and minimizing the use of
independent distributors to reduce
counterfeit vulnerability.
We expect you to help us identify,
report, control and dispose of
suspected counterfeit parts.”
— Michael Gross, Vice President, Subcontracts,
Global Supply Chain,
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
To prevent counterfeit parts, we trust, but verify.
Panel Reviews Current Acquisition Environment
Moderator Corey Moore, VP, Programs, GSC:
“As we shoulder proposal costs on new
and follow-on opportunities, there will be
fewer discretionary dollars available for
investments … These program leaders will
describe how you can sharpen our
competitive edge.”
Dave Mazur, VP, IPT Leader, B-2 Program:
“Sixty to seventy percent of my business
is with suppliers. I need your help to
execute affordably and ahead of schedule.”
Janis Pamijans, Vice President and General
Manager, Unmanned Systems:
“Your effort, energy and productivity allow
us to mature our technologies. We’re in this
together for the long journey.”
From left, NGAS VPs and program leaders serving on panel: Carl Johnson,
Scott Willoughby, Janis Pamijans, Dave Mazur and moderator Corey Moore.
Scott Willoughby, Vice President & Program Manager,
James Web Space Telescope:
“Being big is being vulnerable. We can only
survive based upon our technical merits.”
Carl Johnson, VP & Program Manager,
UCAS-D/UCLASS, Advanced Programs & Technology:
“To me, affordability is performance, getting it
right the first time.”
Competitive edge: technical merits, affordability – and no surprises!
Voice of the Customer
“As a warfighter and taxpayer, I am indebted to you.
I see here a cross-section of our industrial base as
well as many supply chain experts. …
Among the points I want to drive home is the
unintended consequence of counterfeit parts.
I’m sensitive to the prejudice suppliers often have of
us as black hats who can issue CARs and stop
payments. But I want you to know — we are here to
help you find and prevent counterfeit parts. We
know it’s tough to flow this message down to third
and fourth-tier suppliers. But you must; Altered
material is a big deal. … I’ve offered examples today
of how failed gaskets and hardware assemblies
have flamed out engines and caused the loss of
ground test investments. Thankfully, there was no
loss of life. However, our young men and women,
our sons and daughters, don’t want to use a weapon
that doesn’t work. …
Take these stories back to your people.
Have the right prevention processes in place.
Be honest.
Our warfighters’ lives hang in the balance.”
— Col. Glenn L. Graham, USAF,
Commander, DCMA Palmdale
Warfighters’ lives depend on your honesty and proactive prevention.
Awards Presentation
“Today we are recognizing 68 companies that
have achieved elite platinum preferred status.
Sixty-one of you are returning, and seven are
here for the first time. As essential partners
and members of our supply team, you are
creating in your companies a culture
committed to continuously improving quality
and consistently meeting requirements.
Thank you for your excellent performance.”
— Joe Jackson, Director, Supplier Quality, Global Supply
Chain, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Commit to continuous improvement and consistent performance.
68 Suppliers Earn Recognition as
Platinum Source Preferred Awardees
Of the 68 awardees, seven are
new, having qualified based
on their 2011 performance.
New honorees are:
Acromil Corporation
City of Industry, Calif.
Albany Engineered Composites
Rochester, New Hampshire
D-J Engineering, Inc.
Augusta, Kansas
GKN Aerospace
Hazelwood, Missouri
Icore International
Santa Rosa, Calif.
L-3 Communications
Narda Microwave-East
Hauppauge, New York
Parker Hannifin Corp.
Composite Sealing Systems
San Diego, Calif.
Col. Graham (back row, 2nd from right) and NGAS leaders are pictured with all Platinum Source Preferred
awardees in attendance at the May 2, 2012 program.
Platinum Source Preferred Awardees
(2 Years – 4 Years)
Essential Partners:
Called out individually at the ceremony,
the Platinum Source Preferred awardees
were recognized by the number of years
they’d operated at this level.
2 Years
C&D Zodiac, Advanced Composites
Division – Marysville, Calif.
Castle Metals Aerospace – Gardena, Calif.
Century Precision Engineering – Gardena,
CMC Electronics – Saint-Laurent, Quebec
Consolidated Precision Products – Port
Hueneme, Calif.
L-3 Communications, Narda Microwave-East
– Hauppauge, N.Y.
Lamsco West, Inc. – Santa Clarita, Calif.
Precision Coil Spring Company – El Monte,
Precision Shapes, Inc. – Titusville, Fla.
RBC Transport Dynamics Corp. – Santa Ana,
Roc-Aire Corp. – Pomona, Calif.
UMPCO, Inc. – Garden Grove, Calif.
Valley Seal Company – Woodland Hills, Calif.
3 Years
AMI Metals, Inc. – Fontana, Calif.
Ashley Machine and Tool Co. – W. Wyoming, Penn.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. – Westminster, Colorado
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies – Saint Augustine, Fla.
Cobham Antenna Systems, Microwave Components – Exeter, New Hampshire
Cytec Engineered Materials – Havre de Grace, Maryland
Dayton-Granger, Inc. – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fatigue Technology, A PCC Company – Seattle, Washington
Henkel Aerospace – Bay Point, Calif.
Hughes Bros. Aircrafters, Inc. – South Gate, Calif.
Kollsman, Inc. – Merrimack, New Hampshire
Esterline Control Systems – Korry Electronics – Everett, Washington
New Source Corporation – Oviedo, Fla.
Saft America, Inc. – Valdosta, Georgia
Sandvik Special Metals LLC – Kennewick, Washington
Shultz Steel Co. – South Gate, Calif.
Van Brakel Electronics, Inc. – Phoenix, Arizona
4 Years
Allfast Fastening Systems, Inc. – City of Industry, Calif.
Cytec Engineered Materials – Anaheim, Calif.
Cytec Engineered Materials – Greenville, Texas
Cytec Engineered Materials, D Aircraft Site – Anaheim, Calif.
Integrated Polymer Industries, Inc. – Irvine, Calif.
Johnson Supply Company – Pensacola, Fla.
LAI International – Phoenix, Arizona
New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. – Laconia, New Hampshire
The Advanced Composites Group, Inc. – Tulsa, Oklahoma
TW Metals, Inc. – Los Angeles, Calif.
W. S. Wilson Corporation – Port Washington, N.Y.
List of Platinum Source Preferred award winners continues on next slide
Platinum Source Preferred Awardees
(5 to 6 Years)
5 Years
Alcoa Fastening Systems (Valley-Todeco, Inc.) – Sylmar, Calif.
Eaton Aerospace – Glenolden, Penn.
Eaton Aerospace - Conveyance Systems – Eastanollee, Georgia
Long-Lok Fasteners – Carson, Calif.
Monogram Aerospace Fasteners – Los Angeles, Calif.
Peerless Aerospace Fastener Corp. – Farmingdale, N.Y.
Valley Metals – Poway, Calif.
6 Years
3M Company – Springfield, Missouri
Dixie Aerospace, LLC – Peachtree City, Georgia
Eaton Aerospace – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Flexfab LLC – Hastings, Michigan
Haynes International Inc. – Arcadia, Louisiana
Heartland Precision Fasteners – New Century, Kansas
Innovent, Inc. – Peabody, Mass.
L-3 Communications. Randtron Antenna Systems – Menlo Park, Calif.
PPG Aerospace, PRC-DeSoto – Kennesaw, Georgia
TIMET – Toronto, Ohio
Voss Aerospace – Cleveland, Ohio
Platinum Source Preferred Awardees (7 Years)
Of the 68 honored as Platinum Preferred suppliers, only two have operated at Northrop
Grumman’s highest level for seven consecutive years. They are:
TEK Precision
of. Deer Park, N.Y.
Hurlen Corp.
of Sante Fe, Calif.
From left, John Krause, CEO of TEK Precision and Henry Pena, VP of Hurlen Corp. with
Col Graham, VP Lisa Kohl and NGAS Supplier Quality Director Joe Jackson. Look for a
special profile of Hurlen and TEK Precision to be posted on OASIS, coming soon!
Meet our Supplier of the Year (SOTY)
The Supplier of the Year program is an
outgrowth of the company's strategic sourcing
initiative, an effort started during the summer of
2003 to build stronger long-term relationships
with suppliers. Under this initiative, suppliers
are "graded" quarterly on parameters such as
quality, on-time delivery, lean principles and
participation in affordability initiatives. While
many suppliers ARE qualified, this program
honors the best of a group of superior
performers who have demonstrated consistent
quality, superior performance and exceptional
customer service in delivering products, services
and value to Northrop Grumman Aerospace
Systems. This recognition is divided into six
Special Recognition – this category
acknowledges a supplier who makes a
significant contribution to our success by
performing beyond the contractual
requirements to ensure our expectations were
met or exceeded.
Non-Production – defined as products or
services that are not end item deliverables to
our customer
Research & Development
Small Business
Supplier of the Year awardees pose as a group with
Col. Graham, VP Lisa Kohl and other NGAS leaders.
Supplier of the Year -- Special Recognition
L-3 Communications, Link
Simulations & Training –
Arlington, Texas
L-3 Link-Simulation & Training was honored for its
stellar performance in executing Mission and Flight
Crew Training in support of the E-8C Joint STARS TSSR
program out of Robins AFB.
L-3’s flexibility and unmatched training proficiency over
an unbroken eleven quarter period exemplifies its
attention to performance and customer satisfaction.
During this period L3 Link completed more than 71,300
hours of combined Mission/Flight Crew instruction,
totaling 335 students, with 100% graduation
(Description approved through PROCS #12-0445)
From left: Col. Glenn Graham; Dan Kelly, VP of Air Force Programs
for L-3 Com Link Simulation & Training; Todd Jones, L-3 Com Narda
Microwave Program Development Manager; and VP Lisa Kohl.
Supplier of the Year – Non-Production
Kellstrom Industries – Macon, Ga.
Kellstrom was honored for its exceptional
support of the Joint STARS Total System
Support Requirement (TSSR) program.
Kellstrom employees successfully completed
the warehouse transition of more
than150,000 parts, requiring more than125
flat bed truck loads on a very condensed
time frame. They also set up a complete
GOLD (Government On-Line Data) system to
facilitate storage, inventory, shipping and
handling of more than $400 million of
Government-owned Material. This
warehouse transition was accomplished two
(2) full weeks ahead of schedule. without
interruption and greatly contributed to the ongoing Joint STARS TSSR program success.
(Description approved through PROCS #12-0444)
From left: To Come… XXX of Kellstrom is congratulated by Chris Hayes,
NGAS Director of Procurement; Vicky Harper-Hall, SEBP Manager; Col.
Graham; VP Lisa Kohl; and VP Michael Gross.
Supplier of the Year – Research & Development
Garmin International
– Olathe, Kansas
Garmin International was honored for its
unwavering commitment in delivering
commercially based aircraft avionics and
glass cockpit technology into an Advanced
Programs and Technology product area.
Garmin worked tirelessly to achieve a
balance between commercial products and
military requirements, providing prototype
equipment for early Systems Integration,
significantly reducing product risk. This
resulted in a cost-effective solution that
enabled Northrop Grumman to offer great
value to its customers.
(Description approved through PROCS #12-0443 )
From left: Procurement Director Chris Hayes, SEBP Manager Vicky
Harper-Hall; XXX XXX To Come from Garmin; Col. Glenn Graham; VP
Lisa Kohl and VP Michael Gross.
Supplier of the Year -- Subcontracts
Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. – Westminster, Colorado
Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corporation was honored for its
outstanding dedication, service and
commitment on the EA-18G Growler and
E-2D Advance HawkEye Programs. For
example, on the EA-18G program, Ball
consistently delivered the Mobile Airborne
Tactical Terminal (MATT) Antenna EARLY
for four consecutive years with zero quality
(Description approved through PROCS #12-0446)
From left: Col. Glenn Graham, USAF; Kim Ruger, Ball Program Manager;
Jim Oschmann, Ball VP & GM; Lois Loche, Ball Quality Manager; Tom
Metzler Ball Director, Advanced Systems; GSC’s Robert Cannavale;
Paula Burns, Ball Director, Production Programs; Lisa Kohl, VP, NGAS
Global Supply Chain; and Michael Gross, NGAS VP, Subcontracts.
Supplier of the Year – Small Business
Shultz Steel Company
– South Gate, Calif.
A Northrop Grumman supplier for more than 28
years, Shultz Steel Co. provides open die
forgings in support of our F/A-18 and E-2
programs — and it’s one of only three “Center of
Excellence” suppliers for the Castings & Forgings
commodity within Procurement. Time and again
Shultz has accelerated its manufacturing leadtime to process forgings in support of very
challenging program schedule changes imposed
by NGC due to supplier performance failure
elsewhere. Schultz employees have a relentless
customer focus to satisfy every functional level,
and they are very responsive to every feasible
(Description approved through PROCS #12-0448)
From left: VP Michael Gross; SEBP Manager Vicky Harper-Hall; VP
Corey Moore; Col. Graham; Shultz Quality Manager Stephen Goode;
Shultz VP Chris Chance; VP Lisa Kohl; and Procurement Director
Chris Hayes.
Supplier of the Year - Procurement
Composites Atlantic Limited Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
Composites Atlantic, Limited., or CAL, is
located in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, where
we’ve heard on good authority a local
restaurant serves the world’s best lobster
mashed potatoes! CAL provides parts in
support of the E2 and F-35 programs. CAL
proposed an affordability initiative to move
the delivery date of tooling to a later date
that better support the F-35 program. This
date change resulted in cost savings to
Northrop Grumman. CAL also passed its F35 IPRR with outstanding assessments from
the evaluation team.
(Description approved through PROCS #12-0447)
From left: VP Michael Gross; SEBP Manager Vicky Harper-Hall;
VP Corey Moore; Col. Graham; CAL Senior Program Manager
David Mitchell; CAL President & CEO Claude Baril; VP Lisa Kohl;
and NGAS Procurement Director Chris Hayes.

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