Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Introduces the National Directory of Premier Aerospace, Defense And Space Suppliers

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New Directory of Premier aerospace suppliers released by Supplier Excellence Alliance

Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Board Chairman, Michael Beason, announced the initial publication of SEA’s National Supplier Directory. “This is the first time the industry itself has published a list of its premier supplier companies.”

The new National Supplier Directory lists those supplier companies that are engaged in implementing the Lean Enterprise System, the uniform business system adopted by Alliance members to deploy lean production throughout the supply chain and build new capabilities that are essential to meeting emerging customer requirements. “Companies listed in the National Supplier Directory are demonstrating their commitment to accelerating their lean investments and expanding their capabilities. The National Supplier Directory provides unprecedented visibility for these suppliers as it serves as a source for customers to select the suppliers they want as partners,” adds Beason.

Criteria for National Supplier Directory listing includes:

  • Suppliers making a significant and continuing investment in workforce development and operational improvements
  • Suppliers showing extraordinary leadership involvement in planning and change management
  • Suppliers building an infrastructure for process control including process owners and champions
  • Suppliers adopting the industry Roadmap for improvement
  • Suppliers posting quarterly reports on their progress

The National Supplier Directory will be updated and published quarterly and serve the industry’s buying community in several important ways. In addition to listing only those suppliers that meet the industry criteria for supplier performance, it will provide a quick reference of the commodities provided by each supplier, and a reference to the other certifications each supplier has achieved, such as AS9100.

SEA is the Joint Program Office for the aerospace, defense, and space industries’ supply chain conversion. As a non-profit alliance of industry prime contractors, tier-one suppliers and other leading supplier organizations, SEA’s purpose is to accelerate supply chain performance and help U. S. suppliers become more competitive. SEA member companies include BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Company, United Technologies, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Sikorsky Aircraft, Textron, Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Honeywell, TW Metals, Space Systems Loral, Bombardier, Hitco Carbon Composites, Firth Rixson, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, and Tyco Printed Circuits Group.

To get more information about the National Supplier Directory or to find out how your company can be included, please contact Barry Neighbors at (949) 476-1144, Extension 304.

For more information on SEA, visit the SEA website at


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