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Walt Sweet, Western Region sales manager (second from left), and Cortland Strong, senior field sales engineer (third from left), were present to receive Northrop Grumman’s Platinum Source Preferred Supplier award on behalf of NHBB’s Astro Division. Standing next to Walt and Cortland are Colonel Glenn L. Graham, USAF, Commander, and Lisa V. Kohl, sector vice president, Global Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

Walt Sweet, Western Region sales manager (second from left), and Cortland Strong, senior field sales engineer (third from left), were present to receive Northrop Grumman’s Platinum Source Preferred Supplier award on behalf of NHBB’s Astro Division. Standing next to Walt and Cortland are Colonel Glenn L. Graham, USAF, Commander, and Lisa V. Kohl, sector vice president, Global Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

August 13, 2012 (Laconia, NH) - For the fourth time NHBB’s Astro Division was named a Platinum Source Preferred Supplier by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The award recognizes Astro for attaining distinction in product quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and robust lean processes.

"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. "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."

Astro was one of 72 top-performing suppliers from the United States and Canada honored at Northrop Grumman’s annual supplier awards program held earlier this summer in Manhattan Beach, California. The suppliers provide Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems with products ranging from small aircraft parts to complicated spacecraft electronic subsystems, as well as everyday services.

“Achieving Northrop Grumman’s highest supplier honor demands a dedication and commitment to excellence,” said Gino Crecco, Astro’s product sales manager. “It is truly an honor to receive the Platinum Source Preferred Supplier Award from Northrop Grumman, and to be recognized as one of their very best suppliers.”

Astro manufactures precision bearings and complex bearing solutions for Northrop Grumman as well as other leading global aerospace and security companies.

Northrop Grumman provides innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.