Ball Aerospace Awarded Consecutive Top Performing Supplier Recognition by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

August 23, 2017

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, Ball Aerospace was recognized by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as a Top Performing Supplier. This award identifies the top two percent of a supply base of 1,200 Lockheed Martin suppliers.

Pictured: Rob Freedman, vice president and general manager, Tactical Solutions, Ball Aerospace and Janet Duffey, vice president, Supply Chain Management, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

"We are very honored to receive this award and to be recognized once again by Lockheed Martin, as one of their top performing suppliers for our proven quality and on-time delivery," said Rob Freedman, vice president and general manager, Tactical Solutions, Ball Aerospace. "Together, Ball and Lockheed Martin have developed a strong relationship which is reflected in this award."

To be considered for the award, suppliers must maintain at least a 98 percent on-time and quality rating for an entire year. Ball exceeded the minimum requirements by successfully maintaining 100 percent on-time and quality ratings for work performed on the F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fighting Falcon and AIRLINK® programs.

"We are pleased to recognize Ball Aerospace as a top supplier to Lockheed Martin for the second year in a row," said Janet Duffey, vice president, Supply Chain Management, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "Our suppliers are vital to the success of our business and with companies like Ball, who are committed to excellence, we will continue to deliver on critical defense programs and protecting our warfighters."

Over the years, Ball has worked collectively with Lockheed Martin to develop and innovate aerospace technologies. This Top Performing Supplier Award demonstrates Ball's ongoing commitment to quality and on-time delivery.

About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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