Simrit's Santa Ana, Calif. Facility Earns United Technologies Corp. Supplier Gold Award

 Simrit's Santa Ana, Calif. Facility Earns United Technologies Corp. Supplier
                                  Gold Award

PR Newswire

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Simrit's Santa Ana, Calif.
facility was recently awarded United Technologies Corp.'s (UTC) Supplier Gold
status for outstanding performance in delivery, quality, lean practices and
customer support. This is the first time Simrit's Santa Ana facility – the
only aerospace O-ring manufacturing facility to be honored this year – earned
Supplier Gold status. This is Simrit's second aerospace facility honored by
UTC, as the company's Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada facility has been
recognized in previous years.

"When you work in industries where quality performance is critically
important, it becomes a cornerstone of your everyday operation," said Carsten
Mueller, Santa Ana lead center manager, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies.
"This award recognizes the unwavering commitment of our Santa Ana employees to
achieve and continuously maintain an exceptional level of quality, delivery
performance and lean manufacturing principles."

The Supplier Gold award was established to facilitate and accelerate superior
supplier practices and recognizes suppliers for exceptional performance. The
five criteria that are used to evaluate suppliers for this award are:
excellent customer service; on-time product delivery; best-in-class quality;
cost; and use of lean practices throughout operations. 

"As an aerospace-focused facility, quality is paramount," said Vinay Nilkanth,
vice president of global sales, aerospace, Simrit. "I thank UTC for
recognizing and honoring our Santa Ana facility for its dedication to the
strictest quality standards. It is a testimonial to our continuous improvement
efforts and will further expand business opportunities within UTC."

The Santa Ana plant has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing
aerospace O-rings, plate seals and molded shapes. The facility is AS-9100 and
Nadcap-approved for critical aerospace applications and is the first O-ring
plant in the world to receive this prestigious certification. Additionally, it
houses an American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) certified
laboratory and produces nitrile, ethylene propylene diene monomer, silicone,
fluorosilicone, fluorocarbon and Simriz® perfluorinated elastomeric

Simrit is part of Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies and offers an extensive
portfolio of precision-manufactured products for the aerospace, agriculture,
appliance, construction, energy, fluid power, mechanical power generation,
mechanical power transmission and recreation markets. Simrit's global sales
exceed $1.3 billion. For more information, visit the Simrit website at


Contact: Adriana Van Duyn,, or Jim Bianchi,, both of Bianchi Public Relations, +1-248-269-1122; or
Lisa Gentile, +1-847-428-1261 x81245,, or Cheryl
Eberwein, +1-734-354-5373,, both of Freudenberg-NOK
Sealing Technologies, Simrit
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