A Boeing Co. division that provides maintenance and support for Army helicopters and Air Force trainers has received a lofty quality award from Gov. Janet Napolitano and the Arizona Quality Alliance, a nonprofit group that supports Arizona organizations.
The 2002 AQA Pioneer Award for Quality was presented Wednesday to Boeing Military Aerospace Support, Mesa for deploying "quality systems promoting organizational excellence and customer satisfaction throughout their organization."
The award is based on the Baldrige National Quality Award, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, which recognizes quality in American business. The state Pioneer Award uses criteria similar to the Baldrige Award in determining the quality of organizations operating in Arizona, said Christopher Stevens, executive director of the quality alliance.
Boeing’s Military Aerospace Support division in based in St. Louis but has operations employing several hundred workers at Boeing’s Falcon Field and Williams Gateway Airport operations in Mesa.
The Mesa portion of the division provides maintenance and support for the U.S. Army’s Apache attack helicopter and upgrading of the T-38 training jet for the U.S. Air Force.
"All the Boeing Aerospace Support Center employees who earned this award appreciate this recognition from the Arizona Quality Alliance," said Dan Anglim, aerospace support site manager in Mesa. "It’s an honor to be acknowledged in receiving this award for the Boeing commitment to quality."
Boeing was honored at a reception Wednesday at Avnet headquarters in Phoenix.