EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today honored 56 Platinum Source Preferred Awardees and presented 2006 Supplier of the Year awards to 10 U.S. companies that have consistently delivered top quality parts and services. The awards were presented at a suppliers' luncheon in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

The honored companies, selected from more than 1,212 suppliers, provide Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector with products ranging from parts and components used in the manufacturing of advanced aircraft systems to services such as facilities maintenance. The 10 companies receiving Supplier of the Year awards represent all parts of the country, including Southern California, Idaho, Texas, and Florida.

"Our supplier base is one of the strongest in the industry, and we attribute a significant portion of our success to their commitment as strategic partners," said Scott J. Seymour, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president of the Integrated Systems sector. "Compared to a few years ago, we have fewer suppliers because of a strategic sourcing initiative that connects us to our suppliers' capabilities, investments, capacities and more. This interaction has improved their efficiency and helps them provide us with quality parts and services faster, which in turn makes us a more cost-effective business."

This year's awards featured 21 suppliers returning as Platinum Source Preferred suppliers and two companies receiving back-to-back Supplier of the Year awards. Four of the 10 winning suppliers are small businesses, and one is a certified small disadvantaged business as recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Initiated in 2004, the Supplier of the Year program is an outgrowth of the company's strategic sourcing initiative to build stronger long-term business relationships. Under this initiative, every supplier is graded quarterly on parameters such as quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction and participation in affordability initiatives. To be considered for a Supplier of the Year award, a company must demonstrate consistently superior performance in delivering products and services.

Supplier of the Year awards were presented by the following commodity and strategic sourcing teams inside Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems: Avionics, Composites & Raw Materials, Equipment, Indirect, Machined Parts, Purchased Parts, Sheet Metal, and Standard Parts & Electrical.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' 2006 Suppliers of the Year are:

  Aero Chip, Inc.                           Gardena, Calif.
    Brian Construction Co., Inc.              Placentia, Calif.
    Cygnus, Inc.*                             Ponderay, Idaho
    Cytec Engineered Materials*               Anaheim, Calif.
                                              Greenville, Texas
    Esterline - Kirkhill - TA                 Valencia, Calif.
    Harris Corp., Defense Communications      Melbourne, Fla.
    & Electronics
    Integral Products, Inc.                   Harbor City, Calif.
    Rawlings Mechanical Corporation           Sun Valley, Calif.
    Sensor Concepts, Inc.                     Livermore, Calif.
    Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corporation       Valencia, Calif.
    * 2005 Supplier of the Year Award Winner
 

Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems' 2006 Platinum Source Preferred Awardees are:

  Alcoa Fastening Systems                   Torrance, Calif.
    Alcoa Global Fastening Systems*           City of Industry, Calif.
    Alcoa Global Fastening Systems -          Fullerton, Calif.
    Fullerton Operations*
    Allen Aircraft Products, Inc.*            Ravenna, Ohio
    AMI Metals, Inc.                          Fontana, Calif.
    Anillo Industries, Inc.                   Orange, Calif.
    BAE Systems - Platform Solutions          Johnson City, N.Y.
    BAE Systems Integrated Defense            Austin, Texas
    Burle Industries                          Lancaster, Pa.
    Continental Forge Company                 Compton, Calif.
    Cytec Engineered Materials                Anaheim, Calif.
    D Aircraft Products, Inc., Cytec          Anaheim, Calif.
    Engineered Materials       
    Deft, Inc.                                Irvine, Calif.
    Dixie Aerospace*                          Atlanta, Ga.
    EATON Aerospace                           Glenolden, Pa.
    Flexfab LLC                               Hastings, Mich.
    Grimes Aerospace Company (Honeywell)      Urbana, Ohio
    Hawthorne Spring Company                  Hawthorne, N.J.
    Haynes International, Inc.**              Arcadia, La.
    Hexcel Industries - Salt Lake City**      Salt Lake City
    Lisi Aerospace, Hi-Shear Corporation      Torrance, Calif.
    Honeywell ASCA, Inc.                      Mississauga, Ontario,
                                              Canada
    Honeywell - Tulsa AMS**                   Tulsa, Okla.
    Hughes Bros. Aircrafters, Inc.*           South Gate, Calif.
    Hurlen Corporation**                      Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
    Kitco, Inc.*                              Springville, Utah
    L-3 Communications - Randtron Antenna     Menlo Park, Calif.
    Systems                   
    Ladish Forging                            Cudahy, Wis.
    Lockheed Martin MS2 Tactical Systems*     Oldsmar, Fla.
    Long-Lok Fasteners*                       Hawthorne, Calif.
    Lourdes Industries, Inc.                  Happauge, N.Y.
    M & M Aerospace Hardware, Inc.            Miami, Fla.
    Moeller Manufacturing & Supply, Inc.**    Anaheim, Calif.
    Monogram Aerospace Fasteners - A TriMas   Los Angeles
    Company*                
    Moog - Salt Lake City*                    Salt Lake City
    New Hampshire Ball Bearing - Astro        Laconia, N.H.
    Division*         
    New Source Corporation                    Oviedo, Fla.
    OECO Corp.*                               Milwaukie, Ore.
    Pall Aeropower                            Fort Myers, Fla.
    PPG Aerospace*                            Glendale, Calif.
    PPG Aerospace                             Kennesaw, Ga.
    Rexnord Industries, LLC                   Downers Grove, Ill.
    RUAG Aerospace                            Geneva, Switzerland
    RUAG Aerospace                            Emmen, Switzerland
    Sandvik Special Metals Corporation        Keenwick, Wash.
    Seidell Enterprises, Inc. - North         Plainview, N.Y.
    American Engineering Sales Division
    SV Microwave, Inc.*                       West Palm Beach, Fla.
    Tek Precision Co. Ltd.*                   Deer Park, N.Y.
    TIMET                                     Toronto, Ohio
    Triumph Controls, LLC                     North Wales, Pa.
    Umpco, Inc.                               Garden Grove, Calif.
    Valley Metals, Inc.                       Poway, Calif.
    Valley-Todeco, Inc.*                      Sylmar, Calif.
    Voss Industries, Inc.                     Cleveland
    W.S. Wilson Corporation                   Port Washington, N.Y.
    *  2005 Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner
   **  2004 and 2005 Platinum Source Preferred Award Winner
 
  CONTACT:  Edward Levy
          Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems
          (310) 331-1833
          edward.levy@ngc.com