May 2, 2018
Aerospace industry leader recognizes tribal company for best-in-class performance
STILWELL, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Distributors, a company within Cherokee Nation Businesses’ engineering and manufacturing sector, has again been named one of the most prestigious suppliers in the aerospace industry. Sikorsky Aircraft, part of Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Missions Systems business, recently honored CND among its foremost suppliers.
CND received honors as a Sikorsky Elite Supplier for best-in-class performance in achieving on-time delivery, cost and quality standards during 2017.
“This is a great recognition of our CND team and of their unwavering dedication to providing first-in-class service,” said Steven Bilby, president of Cherokee Nation’s diversified businesses. “It is our employees’ commitment to building the highest-quality of products while serving our clients with innovative solutions that truly sets us apart as the best in the industry.”
Dan Schultz, Sikorsky president, and Mike Ciocca, vice president Supply Chain Operations at Sikorsky, presented the award at a recent ceremony honoring the company’s top suppliers.
“We have developed a long-standing relationship with Sikorsky and, through that relationship, established a reputation for excellence in our field,” said Chris Moody, executive general manager of CNB’s engineering and manufacturing sector. “We are extremely proud to see our employees recognized for their commitment and continued diligence, year after year.”
Cherokee Nation Distributors has also been awarded Sikorsky Gold Supplier status five times since first earning its Sikorsky Gold Supplier Certification in 2012.
CND produces wire harness and electro-mechanical assemblies, interconnect solutions, distribution and kitting. The tribe’s engineering and manufacturing sector also offers laser and water-jet fabrication, 5-axis machining, welding, and assembly for military aircraft, ground vehicles, missile systems and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle programs.
The framework for the Cherokee Nation’s economic prosperity was established in Stilwell more than 40 years ago. The tribal enterprise specializes in aerospace and defense manufacturing, telecommunications and distribution services.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.