Boeing Corporation honored 16 companies and one university in Chicago on April 19 as part of its Supplier of the Year awards presentation. The program recognizes those organizations’ exceptional performance and contributions to Boeing's success during 2012.

The awards are based on meeting or exceeding quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support and affordability goals, and demonstrating the ability to anticipate and respond to changing requirements.

The categories and awards recipients are as follows:

Aerospace Support
Kaman Engineering Services – Everett, Wash.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. – Westminster, Colo.

Common Aerospace Commodities
TW Metals, Inc. – Woodinville, Wash.

Victory Solutions, Inc. – Huntsville, Ala.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company – Danville, Va.

TEAGUE – Seattle

Infotech Enterprises – Hyderabad, India

RB ENTERPRISES – Mukilteo, Wash.

Major Structures
Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd. – Sacheon City, Republic of Korea

Outside Manufacturing
Folsom Tool Corp. – Aston, Penn.

NextGen Aeronautics, Inc. – Torrance, Calif.

Leader's Choice Awards
Academia (outstanding performance as a strategic university)
California State University, Long Beach – College of Engineering – Long Beach, Calif.

Advantage (exceeding cost performance goals and objectives)

Alliance (sharing risks in introduction of new products)
LMI Aerospace, Inc. – St. Charles, Mo.
Skanska USA – Seattle

Pathfinder (outstanding performance improvements)
Quality Tech Mfg, Inc. – Ontario, Calif.
Korean Air Aerospace Division – Busan, Korea

“We count on these important partners to help us deliver market-leading products and services that satisfy our customers,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing chairman, president and CEO. “They represent the best of a high-performing, global supply chain that keeps us at the forefront of technology and innovation.”

Each year, Boeing buys more than $50 billion in goods and services from more than 23,000 suppliers around the world. Last year Boeing’s global supply chain contributed more than 60 percent of the value of its products, helping the company recapture market share leadership in commercial aerospace. Boeing delivered 601 airplanes – the most in more than a decade – including a single-year record of 415 737s and the 1,000th 777. Suppliers also supported delivery of 144 production military aircraft, including the first Block C V-22 Osprey and P-8A Poseidon for the U.S. Navy and 10 satellites.

The 17 suppliers honored are profiled in this video gallery.