Three of Eaton’s Aerospace Facilities Receive Northrop Grumman’s Platinum Source Preferred Award for Exceptional Supplier Performance

Date: August 16, 2012

CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s aerospace facilities in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania received Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ top honor for supplier performance — the Platinum Source Preferred Award — during a ceremony May 2 in Manhattan Beach, Calif.  Each facility is a multiple repeat winner of the award, which recognizes companies for attaining distinction in product quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction and robust lean processes.

The 2011 Platinum Source Preferred Award was presented to Eaton’s conveyance systems division in Eastanollee, Ga.; power and motion control division in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and electrical sensing and controls division in Glenolden, Pa. This is the sixth year that the Grand Rapids facility has won Northrop Grumman’s top award and the fifth year for Eastanollee and Glenolden facilities.

“Northrop Grumman's Platinum Source Program places greater emphasis on performance measurements that are aligned with customer expectations,” said Lisa Kohl, sector vice president, Global Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, who hosted the awards ceremony. “We maintain a special relationship with our Platinum Source suppliers, a trust not afforded to others. This trust is based on suppliers' unqualified commitment to produce and deliver 100 percent conforming parts on schedule, with acceptable supporting documentation.”

Congratulating each supplier for “dedication and commitment to excellence,” Kohl cited the “critical role each supplier serves in preserving freedom and providing customers with innovative and affordable air, space and ground solutions.

“You are truly the best of the best,” Kohl told the audience.

“It is a tremendous honor for our employees to be recognized again by Northrop Grumman for their relentless commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction,” said Rick Busch, vice president of manufacturing operations, Eaton’s Aerospace Group. “Eaton’s global strength in power management enables us to provide solutions for commercial and military customers that help them control cost and reduce their energy requirements. I congratulate our employees for providing exceptional solutions and service to Northrop Grumman and for continuing to build on Eaton’s 100-year tradition of excellence.”

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit

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