Northstar Aerospace, Inc. receives engineering award from U.S. Department of Defense


    CHICAGO, June 24 /CNW/ - Northstar Aerospace, Inc. received a Value
Engineering Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for
developing an innovative process to overhaul assembly covers for transmission
housings used on the AH-64 Apache helicopter.
    Value engineering is a systematic process of function analysis to
identify actions that reduce cost, increase quality and improve mission
capabilities across the spectrum of DoD systems, processes and organizations.
The DoD realized more than $4 billion in savings and cost avoidance resulting
from value engineering during 2007.
    Michael Shebelski, Chief Technical Engineer at Northstar's manufacturing
facility in Chicago, lead the development of the new process. He accepted the
award on behalf of the company during a ceremony at the Pentagon in
Washington, D.C.
    Northstar manufactures nose gearboxes and transmissions for the AH-64
Apache helicopter and provides spares and maintenance, repair and overhaul
services direct to the U.S. government.
    "This award is a tribute to the engineering and technical competence of
Northstar employees and demonstrates our ability to innovate in ways that help
our customers achieve their goals. Michael Shebelski who led this project, is
an experienced aerospace engineer and deserved to accept this important award
on behalf of the entire company," said Glenn Hess, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Northstar Aerospace, Inc.
    The DoD's Value Engineering Achievement Awards are given annually to
recipients from the U.S. Army, Department of the Navy, Air Force, Defense
Logistics Agency and the Missile Defense Agency.

    Northstar Aerospace, Inc. ( is North America's leading
independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions. Northstar
Aerospace is a public company (TSX:NAS) with operating subsidiaries in the
United States and Canada. Its principal products include helicopter gears and
transmissions, accessory gearbox assemblies, rotorcraft drive systems and
other machined and fabricated parts. It also provides maintenance, repair and
overhaul of helicopter engines and transmissions. The Company's executive
offices are located in Chicago, Illinois. Its plants are located in Chicago,
Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; Stroud, Oklahoma; Anderson, Indiana; and Milton
and Windsor, Ontario.

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