–– 2009 SUPPLY CHAIN AWARDS ––
A Gala Dinner was hosted to honor finalists and award recipients at the third Annual Aerospace & Defense Industry Supply Chain Awards held November 11, 2009 at the beautiful Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Villas in Indian Wells, California.
The SEA Awards Gala recognized performance and leadership contributions of small- to mid-sized supplier companies in seven award categories.
Award presentations followed a reception and gala dinner. Looking very much like an Academy Awards ceremony, executives from both supplier companies and prime and tier-one contractors served as presenters for seven award categories.
SEA’s Executive Director, Mickey L. Wiebe, and Andrew Barton, son of the late Stephen E. Barton, opened the presentations with the newly dedicated Stephen E. Barton Leadership & Culture Award. The award went to Hixson Metal Finishing, Inc., Newport Beach, California.
In the Workforce Development Award category, the award went to Geater Machining & Manufacturing Company, Independence, Iowa.
In the Operational Excellence Award category, the award went to Tara Technologies Corporation, Daytona, Florida.
In the Supply Chain Innovation Award category, the award went to SMS Technologies, Inc., San Diego, California.
In the Performance Award: Most Improved Supplier category, the award went to MD Engineering, Corona, California.
In the Customer of the Year Award category, the award went to Parker Hannifin Corporation, Parker Aerospace, Cleveland, Ohio.
Capping the presentations, the prestigious Richard Hall Award for Leadership Excellence was announced by the wife of the late Richard Hall, Micki Hall, and SEA Board Chairman, Michael G. Beason. The award went to Dee Vaidya, President and CEO, TechniGraphics, Inc., in Wooster, Ohio.
Click Here for a list of Semifinalists and Finalists…http://seaonline.org/Awards/
Award recipients were beaming with pride and justifiably so. Their recognition was the result of a rigorous examination process conducted by a distinguished panel of judges, all retired executives from the aerospace industry, representing the SCORE organization. Out of almost 300 nominations, the panel of judges forwarded 70 applications to the semi-finalist stage. Finalists were announced at the Gala.
–––––– SUPPLY CHAIN SUMMIT ––––––
The SEA Supply Chain Summits are an ongoing dialogue between customers and suppliers about changes in the supply chain and how these are impacting suppliers across the country. CEOs and Owners are making strategic decisions about their companies in these sessions. You cannot under estimate the impact when customers and suppliers get together to discuss the real issues in the supply chain.
SEA held its first Supply Chain Summit on November 12, 2009. A panel made up of prime and tier-one representatives and suppliers engaged in candid discussion on forecast visibility.
Issues scheduled for discussion are:
- Redundant Audits
- Long Term Agreements
Don’t miss the next Supply Chain Summit on February 16th. You’re “flying blind” if you don’t attend these summits. Members only please.
–––––– SUPPLIER KEYNOTES ––––––
"We’re just suppliers… Like you... Proud of our companies… Committed to Excellence"
The “Keynote” format relies on results and improvement track records. SEA suppliers are a very different breed - they’re sophisticated, they understand process management, they speak the language of process – and they have something to teach us about improvement.
Our Keynote strategy is generating a lot of “buzz” and “energy” as the SEA and the SEA Supplier brand means excellence to everyone in the industry. A total of eight suppliers presented their Keynotes in the last conference – see below for a summary of their results:
Midwest Metal Products, Inc.
- 69.5 reduction in plant-wide DPPM
- 89.6% reduction in scrap
- 6.4% improvement in productivity
TSI Plastics, Inc.
- OTD from 95% to 93.3%
- 50% reduction in lead time
- 65% improvement in customer quality
Clark Technology Systems, Inc.
- 100% on-time delivery
- 42% increase in inventory turns
- 17% increase in profit per direct labor hour
National Technical Systems, Inc.
- 19% increase in revenue growth
- 39% increase in net income
- 25% increase in client-to-client recommendations
Graco Supply & Integrated Services
- 30% increase in on-time delivery
- 41% reduction in defectives
- 21% improvement in quality
- 3% sales per employee increase
- 40% improvement in on-time delivery
- 25% reduction in set-up time
- Expanding customer visibility through SEA
Joined Alloys, Inc.
- 95% improvement in contract review lead time on manufacturing jobs
- 75% improvement in contract review lead time on service process jobs
- 62% improvement in service braze cell manufacturing lead time
- 20% of available hours invested in the SEA LES system over 5 months
- New 7-year long term $3 million contract awarded
W Machine Works, Inc.
- close to 300% increase in spindle utilization
- 50% reduction in WIP
- 43% increase in cash-on-hand
- 20% reduction in lead time