BOULDER, Colo., April 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been chosen by The Boeing Company as a Supplier of the Year for avionics from a group of 14,000 active suppliers in 16 categories from 50 countries around the globe.
The 2013 award honored Ball's exceptional performance and contributions on antenna programs including the F/A-18 and Harpoon. The award was presented during a ceremony in Chicago on April 17. The Boeing Supplier of the Year awards are based on statistical measurements of quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, cost, and the ability to anticipate and respond to changing customer requirements. View the Supplier of the Year video here: http://www.boeing.com/aboutus/supplier_of_the_year/2013_soy.html "It's extremely satisfying to have been chosen for Boeing's Supplier Award two years in a row," said Rob Freedman, vice president and general manager for Ball's Tactical Solutions business unit. "For nearly 60 years Ball has proven its innovation and affordability on avionics systems. We value the recognition of Ball's outstanding day-to-day performance delivering critical products to protect our nation." "With increasing competition and tightening budgets, it's more important than ever to have a global supply chain that is committed to first-time quality and component reliability and consistently delivers high performance," said Jack House, vice president, Supplier Management for Boeing Defense, Space & Security. "Our Supplier of the Year award winners have demonstrated that they are willing to help us create a long-term competitive advantage, leading to our collective success." For more than 33 years, Ball Aerospace has provided Boeing with on-time delivery and reliable performance while continually improving thousands of conformal high performance array antennas for the Harpoon anti-ship and land-strike missile. Additionally, the Ball Aerospace Tactical Solutions antenna unit has delivered over 500 F/A-18 units in the past decade, with 100 percent on-time delivery and quality. Ball Aerospace has been a recipient of the Boeing Performance Excellence Award, which is a requirement to be nominated for a Supplier of the Year award, five times.