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Boeing Awards Preferred Supplier

Pacific Cast Technologies, a subsidiary of Ladish Co. Inc., was awarded Preferred Supplier Certification.

ALBANY, OR—Pacific Cast Technologies (PCT), a subsidiary of Ladish Co. Inc., was awarded Preferred Supplier Certification at the Silver Level by The Boeing Co. (Chicago). Pacific Cast Technologies supplies investment cast titanium parts for airframe, turbine engine and aerospace structural applications.

According to Randy Turner, PCT’s president, “The award recognizes excellence in product performance, process control, and business processes, as well as a supplier’s commitment to continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.”

Valerie Caughlin, the Boeing team leader who supervised the certification process at PCT, says, “The Preferred Supplier Certification Process is a key element in Boeing’s effort to optimize its supplier base. The process tells us who the top performers are and helps us make decisions about how to allocate business. PCT did well in the evaluation.”

In earning the award, PCT had a 99% product acceptance and 95% on-time delivery rate. In 2002, PCT improved flow and productivity by completing a planned facility modernization. According to Kerry Woody, Ladish’s President and CEO, “Over the last few years we’ve targeted investments to enhance performance and value in every Ladish operating unit. It is gratifying to see the success our casting team is now achieving. For example, this year 30% of PCT’s business will come from four new customers that were attracted by the company’s advanced process and quality capabilities. This development is a result of making decisions that add value—and customers are reacting favorably.”

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