Cherokee Nation Distributors earns Sikorsky Gold Supplier status

May 10, 2017

Aerospace industry leaders recognize tribal company for superior performance

STILWELL, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Distributors, a company within the engineering and manufacturing segment of Cherokee Nation Businesses, has again been named one of the most prestigious suppliers in the aerospace industry. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, recently awarded CND with the Gold Supplier status.

CND received the esteemed Gold Supplier status for its best-in-class performance in quality, delivery, lean techniques and customer satisfaction. The recent honor marks the company's fourth year to receive the award since earning the Sikorsky Gold Supplier Certification in 2012.

The Supply Management Council for Lockheed Martin is recognizing CND for its superior operational performance in its manufacturing of main wiring harnesses for the MH-60S SEAHAWK and S-92 aircraft. CND is 1 of 13 companies selected from Sikorsky’s over 300-vendor supply base.

“A commitment to excellence is imbedded in our company’s culture,” said Steven Bilby, president of CNB’s diversified businesses. “Our longstanding relationships with industry leaders such as Sikorsky and the growth and success of our diversified businesses are great testaments to our companywide dedication to first-class service.”

The company hosted an appreciation lunch to thank employees for their hard work and exemplary performance. Representatives from CNB and Sikorsky attended the celebration and presented staff with a Gold Supplier banner to display at the Stilwell location.

“Our employees’ dedication to providing the highest-quality products to each of our clients is unmatched,” said Chris Moody, CNB executive general manager of engineering and manufacturing. “We are very proud to see their efforts recognized with this prestigious honor.”

The framework for the Cherokee Nation’s economic prosperity was laid in Stilwell more than 40 years ago. The tribal enterprise specializes in aerospace and defense manufacturing, telecommunications and distribution services.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Lockheed Martin., based in Bethesda, Maryland, is a global security and aerospace company that engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.