Paslin ensures the quality of its machines by staying close to its suppliers, which it uses as partners. By Alan Dorich

Paslin’s commitment to its values has made it an industry leader, Vice President of Supply Chain Jason Hardy says. “We continuously strive to utilize innovative ideas and cost reduction strategies to serve our global customers. Our mission is to provide world-class quality machinery, from concept to delivery,” he says. “We pride ourselves on our people and technology.”

Warren, Mich.-based Paslin specializes in the concept, design, construction and deployment of manufacturing assembly and automation systems to the global automotive market. Founders Daniel Pasque and Donald McFarlin started the company in 1937 as a small stamping facility.


LG Electronics has been focused on becoming a more strategic supply chain and procurement organization. By Chris Petersen

Trying to affect change across a global company with more than 77,000 employees worldwide can be as complex a task as a military campaign. Fortunately, LG Electronics Corporate Vice President of Global Procurement Strategy and General Procurement Chae-Ung Um has the military background to go with his lifelong interest in analytics and supply chain operations.

He says the skill sets he learned at the United States Military Academy at West Point and in the U.S. Army have served him well as he has worked to help the global electronics giant enhance its supply chain and procurement operations. “I’m the kind of person where once I get my mind set, that’s what I’m going to do,” Um says.


Northrop Grumman is on a journey of supply chain mastery as it builds exceptional relationships around the world. By Eric Slack

Standing on the shoulders of an impressive and unrivaled heritage, Northrop Grumman is today one of the world’s leading security companies. The legacy of Northrop Grumman is one that includes participation in some of the most pivotal moments in American history, such as Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic, the mission to send astronauts to the moon and the development of the B-2 stealth bomber.
    Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., Northrop Grumman has developed its footprint around the globe by evolving over time and adding various pieces to its arsenal. Today, Northrop Grumman provides systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cyber, C4ISR, strike, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers. Northrop Grumman strives to be a leader in terms of technology and innovation, offering superior capability and cost efficiency to its customers.


Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems cuts supply chain cost and prioritizes its supply base to stay competitive. By Janice Hoppe

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) began transforming its supply chain five years ago to better compete in an ever-changing market. “We were in an environment working sole-sourced contracts for the government, and business was 90 percent domestic and 10 percent international,” Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain Mike Shaughnessy explains. “Fast-forward to today, business is 60 percent international and 40 percent domestic, and everything is competed. The sole-source contract no longer makes up the majority.”
    Raytheon is based in Waltham, Mass., and is the worldwide leader in the defense and aerospace industries with its portfolio of innovative technologies that its customers expect to work the first time every time. One of four Raytheon businesses, IDS specializes in air and missile defense, large land- and sea-based radars and systems for managing command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.


ksservicessum16 helps aerospace manufacturers speed repairs while reducing costs by offering full-service locations close to its customers.

Given the increasing cost of ongoing maintenance and repair at any industrial plant, many aerospace manufacturers are discovering the value and advantages of working with a repair service that not only has the size and expertise, but also is as nearby as possible.
    Proximity, after all, has many advantages for the manufacturer. First and foremost, having a repair service company in close proximity means repairs can be completed faster and the maximum possible uptime maintained. Today, most manufacturing plants need replacement parts quickly.

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