Bell Helicopter Announces Premier Supplier Award Winners

May 15, 2014

Fort Worth, TX (May 15, 2014) – Bell Helicopter (, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced three recipients of the 2013 Bell Helicopter Premier Supplier Award and Premier Small Business Supplier Awards. These awards recognize outstanding suppliers and the role they play in helping Bell Helicopter to deliver on its customer commitments. This year, Wesco Aircraft, Harris Composites and Lucas Industries have demonstrated excellent on-time delivery of high quality parts while remaining an integral, collaborative and mutually beneficial business partner to Bell Helicopter.

“In the past several years, we have worked hard to streamline and create a more effective supply chain,” said Michael Loeffler, Bell Helicopter’s vice president of supply chain management. “These partners have all worked hard to make sure we can not only work effectively together, but also to ensure that we are best positioned to support our customer’s missions throughout the world.”

To qualify for the annual Bell Helicopter Premier Supplier and Premier Small Business Supplier Awards, a supplier must meet or exceed numerous standards, including:

  1. AS9100 Certification, a standardized quality management system in the aerospace industry
  2. Consistent delivery of high-quality materials
  3. Superior ratings on their supplier score card as determined by Bell Helicopter’s supply chain metrics team.

“We are excited to recognize these three outstanding companies,” Loffler added. “We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to continue to further improve across our business.”

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About Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit

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About Wesco Aircraft

Wesco Aircraft, is a leading distributor and provider of innovative supply chain management solutions to the diverse demands of the civil and commercial global aerospace industry. The company’s global inventory of 575,000 stock-keeping units includes hardware, bearings, fluid fittings, electromechanical and interconnect products, machined and fabricated parts, installation tooling and chemicals. Wesco Aircraft has more than 2,600 employees across 79 locations in 19 countries. Customers rely on Wesco Aircraft’s strengths of providing high quality products and inventory management solutions to enhance their competitive advantage.

About Harris Composites

Harris Composites, is a newly-established, small, woman-owned business and is a full-scale aerospace composite manufacturer and FAA Certified Repair Facility. Its team of professionals has extensive experience in military and commercial aviation products and procedures. This includes research and development, tooling, repair, production, and assembly of parts.

About Lucas Industries

Lucas Industries is a leading supplier of high quality, cost-effective machined foam and composite components.
Located in North Springfield, Vt., it is a leading supplier of high quality cost effective machine foam and composite components. An expanding company, Lucas Industries is committed to superior personalized service and on-time delivery. They have more than 40 years experience in the design and fabrication of intricate tools, materials and processes.

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