Cherokee Company Named Lockheed Martin Elite Supplier For 2016

HOLLY SPRINGS, GA – Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business has designated 27 small and large businesses as top-performing suppliers for 2016, a number the represents the top 2 percent of a supply base of 1,400 suppliers.

Among the winners is Holly Springs-based Nor-Ral, Inc., which provides plastic and composite panel assemblies, fairings, skins, and absorbers in support of C-130 and F-35 programs.

“This award recognizes suppliers holding a 98 percent on-time delivery rating with a 98 percent quality rating,” said Janet Duffey, vice president of Aeronautics Supply Chain Management. “Their role with us makes an impact far beyond performance – it ensures the ability to offer safety and security to customers across the globe. As a leader in engineering, production and sustainment of aircraft, operational excellence and supplier performance are key tenants of our business model.”

Nor-Ral also just wrapped up 12 consecutive months of 100-percent delivery and quality surpassing stringent elite requirements. Nor-Ral was one of only 14 small businesses named to the list.

“Nor-Ral is one of our most innovative and long-standing existing industries,” said Marshall Day, chairman of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development Board of Directors. “This award is well-deserved.”

Nor-Ral is a customer service focused composites and precision machining company serving the aerospace and aircraft industries. It has assisted a variety of clients with their unique needs for parts and tooling for more than 40 years and work to provide clients with cost effective solutions through cutting edge technology and innovation.

“Nor-Ral Inc. may be considered a small business, but their economic impact can be felt everywhere from their location here in the Hickory Springs Industrial Park where they employ residents, to worldwide through their partnership with Lockheed Martin,” said Holly Springs Mayor Steve Miller. “We are proud of this distinctive honor received by Nor-Ral and celebrate it with them.”