Finalists Announced for Aerospace & Defense Industry's Annual National Supply Chain Awards

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Tthe Supplier Excellence Alliance is holding its inaugural National Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain Awards in Rancho Mirage, California on Novemberr 6, 2007.

The Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) has announced finalists for the inaugural Aerospace & Defense Industry National Supply Chain Awards. Winners will be announced at the Awards Gala on November 6, 2007 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

SEA is a non-profit industry alliance funded by prime and tier-one contractors and leading suppliers. Its purpose is to lead the aerospace and defense industry supply chain conversion.

The black tie-optional Awards Gala, designed for supplier company owners, CEOs and their guests, will recognize the performance and leadership contributions of small- to mid-sized supplier companies with nationwide representation. The Awards Gala will be attended by executives from major prime and tier-one contractors as well as from supplier companies.

A SEA Panel of Judges reviewed over 100 Nominations. The Panel of Judges, composed of industry executives from supplier companies and prime and tier-one contractors, forwarded 45 Applications to the final stage. Finalists include:

Leadership & Culture Award
Century Electronics, Westlake Village, California
Composites Horizons, Inc., Covina, California
Cristek Interconnects, Inc., Anaheim, California
Endwave Corporation, San Jose, California
Erie Bronze & Aluminum Company, Erie, Pennsylvania
Esterline Kirkhill-TA Co., Brea, California
Hebeler Corporation, Tonawanda, New York
Hitco Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California
Micropac Industries, Garland, Texas
Omni Associates, Inc., Haysville, Kansas
PacMin, Inc., Fullerton, California
Photo Etch Company, Fort Worth, Texas

Operational Excellence Award
Deutsch Defense Aerospace Operations, Oceanside, California
Esterline Kirkhill-TA Co., Brea, California
Photo Etch Company, Fort Worth, Texas
Roberts Tool Company, Inc., Chatsworth, California
Sonfarrel, Inc., Anaheim, California

Workforce Development Award
Cristek Interconnects, Inc., Anaheim, California
Hi-Tech Electronic Manufacturing Corp., San Diego, California
Esterline Kirkhill-TA Co., Brea, California
Montana Metal Products, Des Plains, Illinois
Roberts Tool Company, Inc., Chatsworth, California

Supply Chain Innovation Award
Hitco Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California
Roberts Tool Company, Inc., Chatsworth, California
Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Performance Award: Most Improved
Capewell Components Company, South Windsor, Connecticut
Esterline Kirkhill-TA Co., Brea, California
Orcon Corporation, Union City, California
Photo Etch Company, Fort Worth, Texas
Rockwell Collins, Inc. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Customer of the Year Award
The Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas
DRS Technologies, Parsippany, New Jersey
Hitco Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California
Northrop Grumman Corporation, El Segundo, California
Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
TM Industries, Inc., East Berlin, Connecticut

Richard Hall Leadership Award
Tony Bosco - ABS Machining, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
B.J. Schramm - Hitco Carbon Composites, Inc., Gardena, California
Bernie Nanni - BNB Manufacturing Company, Inc., Winsted, Connecticut
Ray Wersel - The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, California
Donald Beverlin - The Cessna Aircraft Company, Wichita, Kansas
Kenneth Marcia - Dresser-Rand Group, Olean, New York
Steve Barton - Esterline Kirkhill-TA Co., Brea, California
Brad Hart - Roberts Tool Company, Inc., Chatsworth, California
Jeffrey Hynes - Composites Horizons, Inc., Covina, California

A Golf Tournament will precede the Awards Gala, on November 6, on the Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye championship golf course. The golf event will be an opportunity for tournament participants to enjoy golf with peers and customers. A SEA Member Conference, open to both SEA members and non-members, offers an important industry educational forum. The Member Conference will take place on November 7, also at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa.

To register for the events, visit the SEA website at http://www.seaonline.org.

SEA member companies represented on its board of directors include BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Company, United Technologies, Parker Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, Cessna Aircraft Company, Honeywell Aerospace, Hitco Carbon Composites, Dresser-Rand, Roberts Tool Company, Cristek Interconnects, Photo Etch Company, Bodycote Thermal Processing, and DRS Technologies.

SEA partners and alliances include the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG), California Council for Excellence, California Employment Training Panel, California Space Authority, UAW-Labor Employment and Training Corporation, CONNSTEP, Inc., Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology (AM&T), ASG Renaissance, and Net-Inspect.

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