This is a special edition of the SEA Newsletter – Part 1 of a 5 part series dedicated to showcasing the 2012 Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Award Finalists. Suppliers were nominated in recognition of their performance and investment in continuous improvement. Applications were reviewed and scored by an independent panel of judges, then all scores were combined and final selections were made through a consensus meeting. The Judges are retired aerospace and defense industry executives representing the SCORE organization that is co-sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Stephen E. Barton Leadership & Culture Award Finalists
Applicants under this category had to show progress in setting up a leadership structure within their organization by describing how their company organizes and accomplishes its strategic planning, how senior leaders communicate and reinforce company direction, how senior leaders review organizational performance and how senior leaders select improvement priorities and review improvement initiatives. Finalists are among the few and the rare breed of suppliers who have distinguished themselves by making an uncommon investment in improvement. In many cases the difference between the announced winners and finalists is very small.


Firetrace Aerospace, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ
Firetrace Aerospace (FA) manufactures and develops passive non-electric fire extinguishing systems for external hazards on military wheeled and tracked vehicles. Since 2003 FA has and continues to support several critical programs while working closely with the various services and their respective research communities to address and protect areas that were typically determined to be of little concern or un-protectable. As operational conditions continue to evolve, FA is committed to developing solutions to protect the service men and women that are operating in harm’s way.

Hixson Metal Finishing, Newport Beach, CA
Hixson Metal Finishing is a premier processor of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, brass and copper parts and components as well as their associated alloys for the military, defense, aerospace, and commercial aircraft industries. Hixson provides a wide array of finishing processes to beautify, protect, and enhance the performance of forged, cast, and machined parts.

AGM Container Controls, Inc., Tucson, AZ
AGM Container Controls, Inc. (AGM) designs and fabricates breather valves that relieve pressure and vacuum in containers that hold missiles, engines and delicate equipment. AGM also manufactures desiccators that protect the electronics and optics systems of missiles from moisture vapor. AGM makes tie down straps and tie down shelving that helps protect sailors from missile and torpedo strikes.


California Metal & Supply Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA
California Metal & Supply was founded in 1984 and is a Boeing Award Winning Supplier with 28 years of history supplying metals to major industries such as Aerospace, Defense, and Energy. It is an aerospace and aircraft metal specialist in supplying Titanium, Inconel, 4130, Stainless 13-8 15-5 17-4 17-7, A286, Magnesium sheets, plates, bars, tube & tubing products. California Metal & Supply Company is an ISO9001: 2000 & AS9120 Certified Company.

Computer Components Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Computer Components Corporation is a fast paced contract manufacturing company that specializes in engineering design for sheet metal & electromechanical products and value added services. Our products range from sheet metal parts to medical X-Ray Machines & Military assemblies. Our customers are typically Fortune 100 companies that rely upon us to supply the innovation, rapid response and flexibility that encumbers larger companies.

––– OTHER NEWS –––

New Associate Membership
The new ASSOCIATE membership is an "individual" membership and it is designed to provide individuals with the opportunity to join SEA, and explore ways in which their company can implement the roadmap by attending webcasts, briefings, conferences and Process Owner Forums to learn and collaborate with other suppliers. This package includes a number of webcasts designed to support a supplier's implementation of the SEA Roadmap. Membership for individuals associated with the aerospace and defense industry. Click HERE to request more information.

Process Owner Forums - Free One-Day Pass!
Get a Day Pass and find out just how powerful the Process Owner Forums can be. Are you a member but not enrolled in the Process Owner Forums? The Day Pass gives you access to the forum of your choice. Just register using the "Click" link on the right of the session you wish to attend and we'll send you all the info you need to participate. click HERE for forum schedule and to request your free pass.


PNAA 2013 Aerospace Conference - February 12-14 in Lynnwood, WA
PNAA’s Aerospace Conference is the largest commercial aerospace conference of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and the second largest of its kind in the U.S. It is specially geared toward supply chain issues and the small and mid-sized suppliers. The 2013 conference will include a full day devoted to airlines and MRO business, as well as commercial aerospace days and an expanded Supplier’s Fair. Expect to hear top-notch speakers addressing timely topics for the Pacific Northwest supply chain. PNAA’s conference is a global event attracting registrants from the United States and around the world. In 2012, 330 attendees represented nearly 200 aerospace companies. Get More Information on PNAA 2013

––– ABOUT SEA –––

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 Agie Charmilles 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:
SEA Website

Main telephone: (949) 476-1144

Executive Director
: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 6
Director, Operations: Hilda Pacheco-Taylor, Ext 3
Director, Sponsorships: Mickey Wiebe, Ext 6
Director, Project Management: Jeff Hawley, Ext 1

SEA is the premiere supply chain organization for the aerospace and defense supply chain. We’re in our 9th year and we’re a group of suppliers who have taken charge of our destiny and we're helping our members to meet three important needs:

  • Increasing performance by following a step-by-step process called the roadmap designed for small companies from 10 to 500 employees.
  • Increasing visibility and creating opportunities for new business by using the SEA Supplier brand to distinguish ourselves to our peers and customers.
  • Increasing collaboration to work on what our customers really want - an integrated supply chain where we work together to solve industry and customer problems.

We invite you to join SEA today.
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