Western Aero, a Denver-based commercial and military spare parts and overhaul/repair facility, was one of 28 suppliers recognized with a World Class Team award at Northrop Grumman Corporation’s annual Socio-Economic Business Program (SEBP) awards ceremony held in December in Church Falls, Virginia. The suppliers recognized with World Class Supplier awards consistently demonstrate responsiveness and flexibility to help meet Northrop Grumman production needs.

The award recipients were acknowledged for their outstanding performance and support of SEBP, which expands subcontracting opportunities for all classes of small business concerns, including small disadvantaged, women-owned, historically underutilized business zones, veteran, service-disabled veteran-owned, historically black colleges, universities and minority institutions.

World Class Team awards recognize suppliers who have demonstrated exceptional support and commitment to the SEBP goals and objectives, using criteria such as product, service, quality and record; demonstrated delivery performance; provided outstanding program support; shown superior technical achievement; and reported cost performance/competitiveness and/or continuous process improvement, among other factors.

In 2012, Northrop Grumman awarded more than $2.8 billion in subcontracts to small businesses, which is 35.8 percent of nearly $7.9 billion in total subcontracts. Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

“These awards recognize our small business suppliers for their outstanding efforts and continued contributions in support of our many corporate initiatives, including service-disabled veterans, mentor-protégé, historically black colleges and universities, and the Ability One program,” said Karen Williams, vice president, corporate contracts, pricing and supply chain. “The innovation and creativity of our suppliers allow Northrop Grumman to deliver the highest quality products and services to our customers.”.

Western Aero is a spare part and overhaul facility to the worlds B707 and DC-10 market including, KC-135, KC-10, DC-10, JSTARS, E-6B, AND E-3 aircraft. Founded in 1989 in Colorado, Western Aero Services quickly became known for its expertise with 707 aircraft. Over the past two decades, Western Aero Services has expanded its operations to include a woman-owned airframe repair facility—Western Aero Repair—and has grown its inventory and knowledge base to include a wider range of Boeing and Douglas aircraft, including B707, B727, B737, B747, and DC-10 aircraft. In early 2012, the company moved its operations base to a new state of the art repair and manufacturing facility in Denver, Colorado.

(Left to right) William F. Ahlberg, Manager, Socio-Economic Business Programs, Northrop Grumman Technical Services; Debbie Lucas, Senior Manager of Government Programs, Western Aero Repair Services, Inc.;Scott Balfanz, President, Western Aero Services, Inc.; Victor G. Obringer, Director, Global Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman Technical Services