EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 28, 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) honored 73 suppliers from the United States, Canada and Switzerland in its annual awards program. The awards banquet took place at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott ballroom, and included six Suppliers of the Year for 2009. Sixty-nine Platinum Source Preferred suppliers were also honored.

The awards recognize companies for achieving distinction in product quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and robust lean processes. The companies that are honored this year provide Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector with products ranging from aircraft parts and assemblies to sophisticated electronics for spacecraft, as well as everyday services.

Gary Ervin, corporate vice president and sector president of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, noted that the organization has emerged as a solid innovative technology leader committed to a current culture of performance.

"With the current needs and demands of a complex market, we have taken steps to ensure our growth and business practices are in line with our customers' needs and expectations," said Ervin. "As we continue to drive a culture of performance in every aspect of our products and processes, our suppliers remain a pivotal force in reaching that success. The suppliers recognized today remain our partners and share in Northrop Grumman's worldwide commitment to their customers."

"Northrop Grumman has always been rigorous in its selection of suppliers, so your recognition here today is testimony to your hard work, know-how and your dedication to being a valued part of the Northrop Grumman product team." said Lisa Kohl, vice president of Global Supply Chain for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.

During the ceremony, Kohl said, "It is my pleasure to celebrate with all of you today in saluting our Platinum Preferred and Supplier of the Year honorees. We recognize the critical part that you play in helping us to achieve our vision, to be the leader in preserving freedom and advancing discovery by providing our customers with innovative and affordable integrated air, space and ground solutions."

This year, Northrop Grumman presented awards in two categories, Platinum Source Preferred and Supplier of the Year, with 28 of the awards going to small businesses, including three service-disabled veteran-owned businesses recognized as such by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Supplier of the Year program recognizes suppliers in six categories: Special Recognition, Research & Development, Non-Production, Small Business, Procurement and Subcontracts. To be considered for a Supplier of the Year award, a company must demonstrate consistently superior performance and quality in delivering products and/or services.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems' 2009 Supplier of the Year Awardees are:

Special Recognition Wesco Aircraft Valencia, Calif.
Special Recognition L-3 Communications Systems-West Salt Lake City
Non-Production Supplier Management Solutions, Inc.* Temecula, Calif.
Small Business Mini-Systems, Inc. No. Attleboro, Mass.
Research & Development Park Aerospace Structures Corp Lynwood, Wash.
Procurement Shultz Steel Company South Gate, Calif.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems' 2009 Platinum Source Preferred Awardees are:

*  Prior Year Supplier of the Year Award Winner
3M Company *** Springfield, Mo.
A&D Precision Manufacturing Inc. Anaheim, Calif.
Advanced Composites Group Inc. * Tulsa, Okla.
Alcoa Fastening Systems *** City of Industry, Calif.
Alken Industries, Inc. * Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Allan Aircraft Supply Co., LLC * North Hollywood, Calif.
ALLFAST Fastening Systems, Inc. * City of Industry, Calif.
Ashley Machine and Tool Co. Wyoming, Penn.
Auto-Valve, Inc. ** Dayton, Ohio
Avior Integrated Products Laval, Quebec Canada
BAE System, Platform Solutions *** Johnson City, N.Y.
CAD Manufacturing, Inc. ** Paramount, Calif.
Cobham - Carleton Technologies, Inc. *** Orchard Park, N.Y.
Castle Metals Aerospace Gardena, Calif.
Click Bond, Inc. Carson City, Nev.
Continental Forge Company *** Compton, Calif.
Cytec Engineered Materials, Calif. Division * Anaheim, Calif.
Cytec Engineered Materials, D Aircraft Site ** Anaheim, Calif.
Cytec Engineered Materials * Greenville, Texas
Dayton-Granger, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Eaton Aerospace, Electrical Sensing and Controls *** Glenolden, Penn.
Eaton Aerospace, Electrical Sensing and Controls *** Grand Rapids, Mich.
Eaton Aerospace, Fuel Systems Division * Irvine, Calif.
Esterline/CMC Electronics Saint-Laurent, Quebec Canada
Fatigue Technology Seattle
Flexfab LLC *** Hastings, Mich.
Gavial Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc. Santa Maria, Calif.
GE Aviation, Electrical Power Systems * Bohemia, N.Y.
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems * Bloomington, Minn.
Haynes International *** Arcadia, La.
Heartland Precision Fasteners, Inc. *** New Century, Kans.
Henkel Aerospace Bay Point, Calif.
Hexcel Corporation **** Salt Lake City
Honeywell Aerospace, LORI – Tulsa ***** Tulsa, Okla.
Hurlen Corporation **** Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Innovent *** Peabody, Mass.
Integrated Polymer Industries, Inc. * Irvine, Calif.
Johnson Supply Company * Pensacola, Fla.
L-3 Communications, Randtron Antenna Systems *** Menlo Park, Calif.
L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation Anaheim, Calif.
LAI International * Phoenix,
Lockheed Martin Aero Parts, Inc. Johnstown, Penn.
Long-Lok Corporation *** Carson, Calif.
Meggitt Polymer Solutions * McMinnville, Ore.
New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. ** Laconia, N.H.
OECO, LLC **** Milwaukie, Ore.
Park Aerospace Structures Corp. Lynwood, Wash.
Peerless Aerospace Fastener Corp. ** Farmingdale, N.Y.
PPG Aerospace Huntsville, Ala.
PPG Aerospace *** Kennesaw, Ga.
PPG Aerospace *** Valencia, Calif.
RUAG Technology Aerostructures *** Emmen, Switzerland
Saft America Inc. Valdosta, Georgia
Saturn Fasteners, Inc. Burbank, Calif.
Senior Aerospace Metal Bellows * Sharon, Massachusetts
Shultz Steel Company South Gate, Calif.
TEK Precision Co. Ltd. **** Deer Park, N.Y.
Telephonics Corporation Farmingdale, N.Y.
Telephonics Corporation * Huntington, N.Y.
The Boeing Company, Seattle Bombers & Weapons Seattle.
The Lee Company Westbrook, Conn.
TIGHITCO, Inc. Atlanta.
Titanium Metals Corporation *** Toronto, Ohio
Triumph Thermal Systems ** Forest, Ohio
T W Metals ** Los Angeles
Valley Metals *** Poway, Calif.
Valley Seal Company Woodland Hills, Calif.
Voss Aerospace *** Cleveland
West Coast Aerospace, Inc. ** Wilmington, Calif.
  CONTACT:  Kimberly Prato
          Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
          (858) 618-4405
          kimberly.prato@ngc.com
 

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*      Prior Year Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner
**    Two Time Previous Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner
***   Three Time Previous Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner
****  Four Time Previous Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner
***** Five Time Previous Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner