January 2010  

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"Who Moved My Customer?"
February 16 - 17, 2010


Supply Chain Summit Reception and Conference
Event Location:
Hyatt Regency Irvine, Irvine, CA

About the Conference
In this conference we will be exploring changes in the supply chain as it relates to the customer/supplier relationship and will help senior executives make strategic decisions affecting their companies. As larger primes focus on becoming large-scale integrators or high-speed assemblers, tier ones and mid-tier suppliers are now becoming the new “Customers” for lower tier suppliers.
Who Should Attend

  • CEOs, company owners, presidents and operations senior leaders.
  • Senior supplier development, management and procurement professionals from tier-one and tier-two organizations.


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Did you know…?  
SEA is an unprecedented aerospace and defense alliance led by sub-tier suppliers committed to accelerating supply chain performance. SEA is a non-profit 501c6 funded by supplier memberships and sponsorships that provides...

  • a proven turnkey system for supplier development targeted to mid-tier aerospace and defense customers.
  • a platform for supplier visibility, performance improvement and collaboration.
  • an industry voice for suppliers on issues affecting supply chain performance.

SEA partners and alliances include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), and California Space Authority.

Contact Information

For further information and answers to your questions about SEA, please contact:
2062 Business Center Drive, Suite 225, Irvine, CA 92612

SEA Website

Main telephone: (949) 476-1144

Executive Director
: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 307
Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 316
Director, Small Business: David Blanco, Ext 334
Director, Outreach: Kimberly Hawkins, Ext 332
Director, Sponsorships: Robert Crosby, Ext 339
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What’s New on the SEA Website?
Miss some important news?  Here are the most recent additions to the SEA Website:
Check out our new EVENTS TAB where you can access the following information:
CEO Conferences*
- for everyone - Suppliers share their success stories and collaborate on integrated supply chain projects
Supplier Benchmark Site Visits - for non-members - Non-SEA suppliers visit benchmark sites and determine how best to participate in SEA
Process Owner Forums** - for members only - Process Owners study best practices and compare notes on implementation of the SEA LES
Webcasts - for members only  - Members learn how to prepare a quarterly report, how to implement the roadmap, and how to prepare for SEA certification.
Certification Workshops* - for everyone  - Members and Qualified Associates learn to implement the SEA Lean Enterprise System
*fees apply        ** subscription required

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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.

Award Photos

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.


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
  • Scorecards

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.


"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


Asturies Manufacturing

  • 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