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BAE recognizes its partners

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 08. 2018 10:53AM
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter flies off the coast of Florida in this file photo. Manchester-based TEMCO makes electronics for the fighter as a supplier to Nashua-based BAE Systems. (U.S. AIR FORCE)

MANCHESTER - BAE Systems hosted an all-day symposium this week to network with the suppliers that help it make laser-guided rockets, electronic warfare systems, electric-powered commuter buses and other high-tech products.

BAE's electronics division is in the midst of a hiring boom, having hired 1,200 more workers in 2017 with more than half those hired in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Up to another 750 new hires are in the works for 2018, officials said, in an expansion that includes renovation or construction of 200,000 square feet of space at the division's six locations in New Hampshire.

“We are going through this growth period, and we need our suppliers to grow with us,” said Jeremy Tondreault, vice president of operations.

In 2017, BAE Systems Electronic Systems invested $1.8 billion in its supply chain and expects to spend nearly $2 billion throughout its supply chain in 2018, the company said. Tuesday's event at the Manchester Downtown Hotel included product demonstrations and ended with an awards ceremony in the hotel's ballroom.

Len Galvin, president of Linear & Metric of Londonderry, said it was an honor for his firm of 23 workers to be chosen as Original Equipment Manufacturer of the Year. The Harvey Road machine shop has done work for the defense contractor since 1974.

“A lot of the time we don't even know what our parts are going into,” Galvin said. “That's what makes an event like this so significant because we get to network with our peers that are also supplying BAE. We all want to make the war fighter the best equipped they can possibly be.”

Norm Gagne is president of TEMCO Tool in Manchester, a firm with 80 employees that was given top honors in the Electronic Combat Solutions category. Among other products, TEMCO makes electronics for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

“We go back with BAE to when my father started this business in his garage back in 1964. He was working with Sanders then,” Gagne said referring to Roydon C. Sanders Jr., one of the original founders of Sanders Associates.

“We have just finished doubling the size of our business on Holt Avenue, and BAE is a big part of that expansion.”

The first-ever Partner 2 Win Awards honored 11 different suppliers.

Tondreault said the firm also gave “gold” awards to 37 suppliers that throughout all of 2017 did not make a single mistake or miss a deadline.

“This gives us the opportunity to show our suppliers these performance metrics and why they are so important to us,” Tondreault said.

BAE places a premium on using small and minority-owned businesses whenever possible, he added.“If all things are equal, we want to do business with the smaller supplier,” he said.

Fulcrum Associates of Amherst was also honored as the Ramp 2 Rate Supplier of the Year. The firm does construction management work for BAE.

This week, the Defense Department announced that BAE was awarded a $13.67 million contract to increase production of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System at the company's Hudson plant.

The system is used by the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force.


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