CPI Aero Awarded Supplier Gold Status from Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

September 13, 2012

Edgewood, NY – CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE American: CVU)  announced today that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has awarded CPI Aero its Supplier Gold status. UTC’s Supplier Gold program recognizes superior performance in quality, delivery, lean manufacturing and customer satisfaction. CPI Aero has manufactured complex structural assemblies for various models of Sikorsky aircraft, including the UH-60 BLACK HAWK and S-92®, helicopters since 2005.


“CPI Aero’s designation as a Gold Supplier validates our commitment to becoming best-in-class for quality and delivery performance, implementing our lean culture, and delivering world class customer satisfaction. We are delighted to be a key supplier to Sikorsky,” said Edward J. Fred, Chief Executive Officer and President of CPI Aero, Inc.

Mr. Fred continued, “CPI Aero’s team members viewed the Supplier Gold program as an opportunity to focus on achieving operational excellence across the organization. We worked cooperatively with Sikorsky supply chain personnel to identify areas that could be improved and then executed a plan to close those gaps and deliver best-in-class results. Moving forward, our goal is to not only sustain this superior performance level by continuing to fine tune our customer service and operations, but also to aim for even higher levels of quality and service for our customers.”


Al Altieri, Vice President Supply Management for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., added, “CPI Aero’s clear commitment toward customer satisfaction is imbedded in their culture. The Company’s success is a tribute to the extensive continuous improvement plan they have implemented, as well as of the organization’s ability to understand our business and plan accordingly. We congratulate Ed and his entire team for this hard-earned and well-deserved achievement.”


Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.



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