Eaton's Aerospace Facility in Grand Rapids, MI, Receives UTC's Supplier Gold Award for Exceptional Supplier Quality and Customer Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s aerospace facility in Grand Rapids, Mich., has received United Technologies Corporation’s Supplier Gold award for exceptional supplier quality and service.

“Receiving the Supplier Gold award is a real honor for our employees in Grand Rapids and a testament to their commitment to teamwork, quality and customer service,” said Wade White, Grand Rapids plant manager. “Their goal is to deliver world-class products and services for commercial and military applications, and the Supplier Gold award recognizes their success at achieving perfect scores for on-time delivery and defect-free work.”

The UTC Supplier Gold program facilitates and accelerates supplier performance improvements and recognizes suppliers that have achieved exceptional performance ratings over a 12-month period. Eaton’s power and motion control division in Grand Rapids achieved UTC Supplier Gold status throughout 2011 by demonstrating best-in-class quality, on-time delivery, implementation of a lean culture and overall customer satisfaction.

Grand Rapids employees achieved 100 percent on-time delivery and zero defects for components manufactured for Hamilton Sunstrand and Sikorsky Aircraft. Components include a ram air turbine actuator for the Boeing 777 jetliner; and actuators and related products for a variety of Sikorsky military helicopter platforms, including SH-60B, HH-60,
MH-53 and CH-53E.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 72,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit