S P E C I A L E D I T I O N
The Gears for Success
represent Vought’s core set
of values, an integral part
of everything we do as a
workforce and as a company.
This Year In Review edition of
Vought News highlights our
achievements in 2009, as we
use the Gears for Success to
guide our daily actions and
decisions in our relationships
with each other, with our
customers, suppliers, investors
and within the communities
VOUGHT where we work and live.
We seek to streamline operations to deliver the quality aerostructures our customers demand.
VOS Team Receives
Silver And Gold
Eagle from Boeing
Vought employees and its Gulfstream Honors
industry teammates earned the Vought as Supplier
award by reducing product lead
time on the C-17 Globemaster of the Year
III transport from 29 months to For the second year in a row, Vought
20 months. This is Vought’s first received the Supplier of the Year Award
Gold Eagle award. Vought has from Gulfstream Aerospace, recognizing
received four Silver Eagle awards our efforts on the G350/G450 nacelles
from Boeing since joining the program. This represents Gulfstream’s
C-17 team in 1983. highest supply chain excellence award.
Army Customer Visits
Vought BLACK HAWK Team
Colonel Neil Thurgood, U.S. Army Light Utility
Helicopter Program Manager, visited the BLACK
HAWK team during our celebration of the 200th
delivery of the H-60 cabin. Thurgood toured the
facility and shook hands with the men and woman
who not only “build aircraft but save lives.”
Both Milledgeville and Jefferson Street
contribute to the H-60 program. Thurgood congratulates Dianne White
on her 42 years of service to Vought.
“You all have put your
heart and soul into this. Marshall Street
It has been a beautiful
thing watching this
Christi King, Boeing 747-8 Supplier
Management Director, at Vought 747-8
first delivery celebrations.
Vought delivered 39 ship sets of G550 wings this past
year. Build rates are increasing in 2010 and 2011.
BLACK HAWK cabin
The success of our BLACK
HAWK program is not only
vital to our customer, Sikorsky
Aircraft Corp., and to Vought but
it’s invaluable as a critical air
vehicle for the men and women in
our military services who are in
The Wellness Warrior program was initiated in 2008 to recognize those employees who demonstrate
ominated by their peers and then voted on by a committee. Each winner receives a T-shirt, a certific
Providing a Healthy Workplace
Our people are our greatest resource and our competitive advantage.
The number of employees
with five or more risk factors
declined more than 25 percent
since the start of the program.
Wellness Program Helping
Employees Get Healthy
The LiveWell@Vought program launched in June 2007. Our intent was to
make substantial and permanent lifestyle improvements in our workforce.
In a 2008 employee opinion survey, 75 percent of our employees rated
our health program offerings very highly. That’s 30 points above the
manufacturing industry’s average.
Participation Rates are increasing:
Stuart 74% 86%
Financial and Milledgeville 67% 76%
Marshall Street 67% 70%
Enhancing employees’ well-being is
Jefferson Street 52% 55%
one of Vought’s core values, and the
LiveWell@Vought program has done
Hawthorne 44% 52%
a good job focusing on the employees’
physical well-being. But physical well-
Nashville 43% 52%
being is only one aspect. There is also
financial and emotional well-being.
Recognizing this, Vought introduced
a financial counseling service through
Ayco that will help employees with A climbing wall keeps kids
exercising at the Nashville
their personal financial decisions, at no safety and wellness fair.
charge to the employee.
In addition, Vought continues to offer
ValueOptions, a program created to help
employees resolve personal problems
before they negatively affect their
health, relationships with others, or job
Annual Health Screenings
e an exceptionally healthy lifestyle as part of the LiveWell@Vought program. The candidates are
cate, and a brief write up.
2009 Wellness Warriors
Milledgeville Jefferson Street
Benny Watson Chuck Stanley
Vincent Valentine Roy Morrison
The Wellness Warrior program Eleanor Sanders Angela Bush
was initiated in 2008 to recognize Garo Bardizbanian Michael Ahern
those employees who demonstrate an Pete Oates
exceptionally healthy lifestyle as part of the Michele Salvador Stuart
LiveWell@Vought program. The candidates Jim Peeler Bob Corcoran
are nominated by their peers and then voted Hawthorne Robert Bell
on by a committee. Each winner receives a Marc Etienne Bobby McCorkle
T-shirt, a certificate, and a brief write up. Victor Curiel Charlie Beagan
Marshall Street Joe Roman
Ken Saxton Jennifer Lucas
Four unique wellness campaigns are offered Blane Simoneaux
each “semester” to provide encouragement, Joe Hernandez Nashville
Paula Yates Lynne Warne
variety, goal setting, and even monetary John Lahue John Thomas
rewards for achieving certain levels of Cynthia Tennie Brad Sayer
participation. Pablo Sanchez Derrell Bowden
Marcy Sandles Janie Pointer
Employees Stepped to a New Larry Magnus Jim Montgomery
You, got a Healthy Heart, developed Steve May
Healthy Habits, and Rated Your
Plate for lessons in living a more active and
Vought Receives Top Awards
for its Wellness Programs
Vought’s Wellness program continues to gain
outside recognition. Vought was again named a
Platinum-level Recipient of the American Heart
Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies
for the second year in a row for helping our
employees eat healthy and stay active.
Vought was also selected as the first place
winner in the large employer category by
Champions in Health for our exemplary
wellness programs in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area.
As part of the wellness initiative at
Vought, a group of Stuart employees
formed a bike group to increase their
A safe workplace is our number one priority.
The Chairman’s Annual Safety
Award is a very significant honor
recognizing this important aspect
of our business. The award goes
to the site with the most improved
safety record during the past year.
In 2009, the award was presented
to the Hawthorne team for reducing
their OSHA recordable injury rate
The Safety Coin Hall of by more than 50 percent.
Fame is a new program
that is spearheaded by our
CEO Elmer Doty. The coin
is awarded to employees who
have demonstrated exceptional
effort toward making Vought the safest place
to work. Those who hold the coin personify
our number one priority – safety. Winners are
nominated by their fellow employees. Below
is the class of 2009
2009 Safety Coin Hall of Fame
Left to right: Malcolm Page, Bryan Jordan, Raul Gonzales, Randy
Farbowich, Sovy Phaann, Marc Etienne, GM Dana Dickson, Jim
Gay, Roger Steed, and David Squier, Vought Chairman of the Board.
Contour / Brea Celebrate
Brea has made a number of changes to its safety
protocols enabling them to reduce their OSHA recordable
injuries year after year. Some of the changes include daily
Dale Fry Roselee Thompson Michael Leistner department meetings, weekly safety games, discipline and
JSF/BLACK HAWK JSF/C-17 JSF/BLACK HAWK structure. The results have been dramatic. Look at how
their numbers of recorded injuries have decreased.
2004 – 30
2005 – 14
2006 – 13
2007 – 9
Marty L’Heureux Alfonso Rivera Arly Ramirez
2008 – 6
Stuart/767 MSF/Fuselage IPT JSF/BLACK HAWK
2009 – 1
Bikers Unite for Safety
For the second year in a row, Vought joined with Milledgeville riders form a close knit group.
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) in proclaiming May 2009 as “Motorcycle
Safety Awareness Month.” All of the sites
recognized the awareness campaign by inviting
all their bikers to ride to work and participate in
various activities throughout the day.
Contour / Brea
Above, Contour / Everett bikers turned out for for motorcycle
May Motor Rally in recognition of Motorcycle safety.
Safety Awareness month.
Nashville bikers line up their cycles for the employee “best
bike” contest. Mike Smith (right) won the first place award.
Cultivating Continuous Improvement
As a company and as individuals, we take responsibility for the quality of everything we do.
747-8 1st ship set celebration
The 747-8 program
touches almost all of our
sites and is a key program
for Vought. This year our
sites celebrated delivery
of their first shipsets.
Hawthorne Marshall Jefferson Milledgeville Stuart
Hawthorne fabricates Street Street Milledgeville builds Stuart builds the
and assembles the the 747-8 rudder and cargo doors for the
side fuselage panels in Marshall Street Jefferson Street Freighter model and
addition to fabricating the assembles the fabricates the will be making the
and composite detail
skin panels for the upper entire empennage detail parts for the passenger doors for the
parts for lower rudder
and lower bonnets that (horizontal and horizontal and vertical Intercontinental. Stuart
and Aft tab.
get shipped to Marshall vertical stabilizers, stabilizers, and the Aft also builds the lower
Street for assembly. upper rudder, body section. rudder/Aft tab.
elevators), Section 48
Aft body, upper/lower
fuselage panels and
747-8 1st ship set celebration
Stuart and Stuart
These two sites celebrated unique
milestones when they both delivered
their 777th shipset for the Boeing 777.
Milledgeville and Stuart produce the
composite details for the main and aft
Contour / Everett
Celebrates 100th 767
Winglet Kit Ship Set
The winglet kit consists of 10 assemblies,
12 stringers, 48 straps and 4 wing panels (2
upper, 2 lower). All Contour employees had
a role in this landmark delivery.
1,000th Ship Set
Nashville supplies the mid- and
outboard leading edge assemblies, top
panel assemblies, center spar assemblies
and mid-rear spars for the A330/A340. In
1988, the company became the first major
U.S. supplier to Airbus with the award of
the wing components.
Vought Wins New Work
on 737 and 777
Boeing entered into agreements with Vought for new
work scope that included inboard flaps for the 737 NG;
outboard flaps and ailerons for the 777, and extended the
current contract on inboard flaps and spoilers.
Cultivating Continuous Improvement
Empennage deliveries began on the
initial lot of a 5-year multi-year contract
and the entire V-22 team stepped
up performance on all deliverables
increasing move rates to support an
annual 26 ship set requirement.
The C-17 continues to get funding
on a year-to-year basis. The fiscal year
‘09 supplemental budget added eight
VOUGHT ENTERPRISE CHANGE TRANSFORMATION & REENGINEERING aircraft for a total fleet of 213. The
2010 Defense bill provides $2.5 billion
for 10 C-17 cargo aircraft.
VECTR Team members C-130
The C-130 team increased rate
We are transforming our business. This
beyond two units per month. We are
is a big project – one of the biggest ever
continuing improvements to customer
undertaken at Vought, and one that will
FOB schedule and we delivered 19
change our business processes forever.
units through the end of November.
The project is called VECTR, an acronym
We negotiated follow-on contracts for
that stands for Vought Enterprise Change
quantities of 28, 53 and 58 ship sets
Transformation and Reengineering.
(deliveries through May 2013).
Vought is currently building
wings for Air Force Global Hawks
and will continue to build these
until at least 2012. 29 USAF
wings have been delivered to date.
The BAMS configuration (for the
U.S. Navy) will require new Spar/
Rib Bond Tooling. Tool Design
Vought Operating System
The President’s Award
Milledgeville Green Belt Class
The Vought Operating System (VOS) is a framework of principles, tools,
and processes that guide our pursuit of flawless execution. The purpose of
the system is to eliminate, through improvement activities, various kinds of
waste within the company. The VOS encompasses all of our improvement Best Overall
activities including Lean, Six Sigma, Management Operating System
(MOS), and Quality Control Process Charting to form an integrated process
4th Quarter: Contour / Brea and
Since 2006, many Yellow Belts: 1440 Contour / Everett
employees have gone Green Belts: 287
through Six Sigma 2009
Black Belts: 34
1st Quarter: Milledgeville
Master Black Belts: 1 2nd Quarter: Marshall Street and
3rd Quarter: Marshall Street
On the Road to
Teams at each site work through a set of objectives
identified in each tier of the Vought Operating Vought Named Best
System to work their way up to achieving the highest
level of Operational Excellence – the Gold. Place to Work In Martin
In addition to IAD Military Programs, the County, Florida
following sites’ production areas have reached the Vought was recognized as a Best Places to Work
first level, the Qualifying level: in Martin County (Stuart site) by a local human
Hawthorne Marshall Street resources professional association. Vought is one
Jefferson Street Milledgeville of three companies to receive the recognition in the
category of more than 250 employees.
Vought Named Top
10 Best Places to
Work for Six Sigma
For the second consecutive year, Vought
has been named to iSixSigma’s list of Best
Places to Work for Six Sigma professionals.
Vought was one of three companies that remained on the
Top 10 list from 2008. Last year Vought received the No.
Attending the award ceremony from left to right: Rick
2 ranking on the list of iSixSigma’s Top 10 Best Places DeMarchi, Steve Livingston, Paul Sandhu, Dana
to Work for Six Sigma professionals. Allen, Fred Kahl, Nancy Barkheimer, Mel Tiedemann.
Supporting Our Communities
Being a strong steward in our communities...is the right thing to do.
Giving back to the
community in which
we work and live is a
tradition for us as Vought
employees. From company
wide campaigns and local
activities to blood drives, we
strive to help those who need
assistance the most.
One of Vought’s biggest fundraisers, Can Do! raised more
than $215,000 last year for a variety of food banks around
the country. Monies are raised through a variety of activities
including golf tournaments, cake and bake sales, auctions,
chili cookouts, and the sale of Can Do! T-shirts. Voluntary
payroll deductions throughout the year and corporate
contributions also add to the total. This fundraising activity
has been a company tradition for 27 years.
March of Dimes
Vought and its employees nationwide raised more than
$100,000 for the March of Dimes “March for Babies”
campaign in April. In addition to the amounts that individual Stuart team hands over check
walkers raise from sponsors, money is also raised from
activities throughout the sites that include bake sales, T-shirt
sales, contests, raffles, silent auctions and a corporate
Across America, United Way agencies improve lives
by mobilizing the caring power of their communities. Our
employees give generously to the United Way through
payroll deductions. These funds help support local non-
profit agencies, such as the American Red Cross, American
Cancer Society, Salvation Army, Goodwill and the YMCA.
In 2009, Vought and its employees contributed more than
$200,000 to local United Ways.
Eight relatives of Vought employees received scholarship
awards from Vought in 2009. Each student receives $2,000.
Vought participated in Engineers Week in Dallas. As
presenting sponsors at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Vought
held four different workshops for mostly middle school students
that addressed different fields of interest in aerospace and other
The Hawthorne site sponsored two local high school students
through Loyola Marymount University’s Science and
Engineering Community Outreach Program. The students
from Hawthorne High School attended a summer science and
engineering camp held on campus. The two-week residential
summer pre-college program is designed to encourage the
study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It
also provides students with important information about SATs, Hawthorne GM Dana Dickson (second from left) receives
college admission, and scholarships. plaque from Marymount University representatives in
recognition for Vought’s sponsorship.
Vought supplements the donations of our employees by
providing funds to a limited number of 501 (c)(3) charitable
non-profit organizations. In addition to the more than $100,000
that Vought donates to the organizations listed above, in 2009
our company contributions totaled over $85,000. These funds
went to the organizations below.
Reserveaid - Stars & Stripes Dinner Benefiting Texas Troops
DFW USO “Second Annual DFW USO Patriots Salute”
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
AIA’s Team America Rocketry Challenge
CCAI – Congressional Coalition of Adoption Institute
The Angels in Adoption Gala September 18, 2009
UHC Scholarship Fund
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
Air Force Charity Ball
Dallas Rotary Club Vought engineers discuss the future of the industry with
Best Buddies Virginia students at the Vought display at Engineers Week.
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Citizens Council
Some of the local organizations that our employees and sites donate time and/or money to:
Alive Hospice Milledgeville- Baldwin County Fire Dept
American Cancer Society National Fire Safety Council
American Heart Association Heart Walk North Texas Food Bank
Annual Baldwin 20/20 Community Retreat Pencil Foundation
Baldwin Park Community Center - Santa Clothes Program Relay For Life
Baldwin High School CTAE Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
City of Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Empty Stocking Fund South Bay Workforce Investment Board
GMC & GCSU Sponsorship Special Olympics
Grand Prairie Chamber Of Commerce St. Stephens Food Pantry
Guide Dogs of America Susan G. Komen
LA Regional Food Bank Tarrant Area Food Bank
Mary Vinson Memorial Library Volunteers of America Western Washington
White Doves Holiday Project
Each of us is personally accountable for our actions and behavior.
This fall an online training
course called “Vought Ethics and
Standards of Business Conduct”
was implemented. The training
is required of all Vought employees.
The course provides an introduction to our code of ethics, a reminder of
our core values (the Gears for Success), and a review of common business
situations that can lead to ethical lapses.
At Vought each of us is accountable for our actions and behavior, and we
have set high ethical standards that everyone must meet. Maintaining these
standards is not only the right thing to do; it’s the only way we do business.
Committed to Our Environment
This year Vought employees got In Stuart, employees switched to Marshall Street recycles all its paper
behind a number of activities to help using recycled paper products (paper products.
our environment. As part of our 2009 towels and toilet paper.) Nashville reduced water usage in
Earth Day celebration, a company- Milledgeville recently shut down the autoclave process and reduced air
wide initiative was begun to recycle a tank line significantly reducing the pollution by eliminating (or retiring)
printer cartridges. plant’s water usage. an old piece of equipment that was
“Over 350 million cartridges are At our Hawthorne location, there a significant source of pollution and
discarded in our landfills each year, is an ongoing recycling program for replacing with new Shot Peen process.
and that number increases by 12% paper and wood crates. By working together and
annually,” said Joanne Romano, participating in a variety of recycling
Vought’s Manager of Environmental Jefferson Street held a household
hazardous waste round up where programs, Vought is helping to protect
Health and Safety. the future of our environment.
employees could drop off hazardous
A number of other recycling waste such as various chemicals,
initiatives have taken place this year. fertilizers and pesticides.
waste pick up.
A number of initiatives were implemented this year as
a direct result of the feedback that was received from the
Employee Survey. Each site developed action plans in
response to the results of the survey. Additionally, several
communications pieces were developed.
A weekly e-mail to Vought leadership
provides information that they can share
with employees during their weekly
A brief video by a senior executive
is distributed regularly via the Vought
intranet. The audio portion is also
available via an 800 telephone number.
On July 6, we signed an agreement to sell our
North Charleston, SC operations to The Boeing
Company. Vought employees at the site became
Boeing employees, and Vought employees in
Dallas continue to provide engineering services
on the 787 aft fuselage.
Vought continues to support the 787 program
today through engineering support and
manufacturing of various detail components (as
shown in the drawing below).
December 15, 2009
Service Anniversaries December 2009
45 YEARS 25 YEARS 10 YEARS 1 YEAR
Marvin Arwine (N) Brian Bartlett (MSF) James Murphy (Seattle) Mohammed Ahmmed (JSF)
Billy Dugan IV (JSF) Pat Walsh (N) Bounthong Chanthorn (JSF)
35 YEARS KayLynn Dunn (JSF) Billy Collum (JSF)
Domingo Flores Jr. (MSF) Sourithay Dethoudom, (JSF)
Steve Anderson (MSF) Walter Johnson Jr. (JSF)
5 Joe Ford (MSF)
Larry Brown (MSF) Ron Love (JSF) Adrian Bruner (JSF) Gabriel Garcia Diaz (JSF)
Troy Lyon, (JSF) Paul Cargile (M) Daniel Holden (JSF)
David McCloskey (JSF) Jesse Keel (JSF)
30 Larry Moody (N)
Donald Coyle (M)
Mauricio Quintanilla (JSF)
Jim Davies (E)
Elton Binkley (N) Miguel Morales (JSF) Richard Davis II (M) Trevor Rios (JSF)
Leon Conyer (N) Scotty Noteware (MSF) Charles English (M) Riah Rode (H)
James Devoll (MSF) Lisa Gomez (Las Colinas) Somphou Sourygnavong (JSF)
Joshua Stone (JSF)
Joel Gammons (JSF) Brian Herringdine (M)
John Gentle (N)
20 Lisa Holsey (M) Jeff Taylor (M)
Valerie Jordan-Taylor (N) Mosley Mosley (M) Jimmy Tran (JSF)
Rodger Jones (JSF)
Douglas Lewis (JSF) Bubba Smith (N) Diane Walters (H)
Ron Knight (JSF)
Corry Lindsey (JSF) Beverly Taylor (MSF) Brett Weilbrenner (JSF)
Michael Prairie (N)
Jackie Nix (MSF) Courtney Tucker (JSF) Jesse Zuniga (JSF)
Pat Russell (JSF)
Douglas Nugent (S) Carol Upp, (JSF)
Verne O’Neill (N) Tominique White (JSF)
Buddy Reid III (N) 15 YEARS
Timmy Trapp (N)
David Turner (N) Frank Houston (JSF)
Terry Moore (JSF)