Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co Launches Implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance Lean Enterprise System

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Aerospace and defense supplier Geater Machining and Manufacturing begins implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System, the industry standard continuous improvement system.

Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co. (GMM), located in Independence, IA, is launching the implementation of the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA) Lean Enterprise System.

SEA is the non-profit alliance of aerospace and defense prime and tier-one contractors and leading sub-tier suppliers organized to transform the global supply chain. Prime-empowered and supplier-led, SEA helps improve the performance of small and mid-sized production suppliers.

The Lean Enterprise System (LES) is the industry standard continuous improvement system. The LES helps suppliers build new capabilities that enable them to better support the emerging needs of their customers. It helps establish a culture where lean production principles and standard work are applied throughout a supplier organization to ensure sustained improvements in delivery and quality, while reducing lead times and cost.

Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co. is a custom precision sheet metal fabricator and machining company founded in 1962 specializing in the production of electronic controls, small assembly and sheet metal work. The GMM's 48,000 square foot facility employs over 130 people.

GMM serves aerospace, electronics and other high tech industries. High quality parts and outstanding on-time delivery have developed the company's reputation into one that is synonymous with setting high industry standards for precision machined and fabricated products.
According to Geater CEO Jerry Bitterman, "We consider ourselves a true one-stop-shop, providing our customers with innovative solutions."

GMM offers a variety of secondary manufacturing processes that help eliminate the need to send machined and fabricated products through multiple vendors, wasting valuable time and increasing cost. GMM's highly skilled workforce, state-of-the-art equipment and strict quality control measures that provide customers with cost effective production methods. GMM is ISO 9001:2000, AS9100:2004, and Nadcap certified.

"Our vision is to be our customers' supplier of choice, utilizing technology, teamwork and employee development as a platform for building our future. This will be accomplished through the implementation of the SEA Roadmap. It provides an opportunity to enhance and compliment GMM's proven award-winning performance," says Bitterman.

SEA member companies represented on its board of directors include The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, United Technologies, Inc, 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 sponsors include Mori Seiki and Avchem.

SEA partners and alliances include 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.

To learn more about Geater Machining and Manufacturing, visit its website at To learn more about SEA, visit the SEA website at

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