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News | Aug. 31, 2017

Defense Logistics Agency announces Superior Suppliers for 2017

By DLA Public Affairs

The Defense Logistics Agency announces its top performing industry partners for 2017 as part of the Department of Defense’s Superior Supplier Incentive Program.

The SSIP is a DoD initiative designed to incentivize contractor performance by identifying suppliers with the highest rankings in areas such as performance, quality and business relations.

“This program provides DLA with an opportunity to highlight contractors who consistently perform well and are DLA’s strong partners to provide our warfighters with the food, clothing, fuel, repair parts and other commodities they need to perform their missions effectively,” said Matthew Beebe, head of DLA’s acquisition directorate.

DLA considered its top 150 parts and commodity suppliers with the highest spends within a particular supply chain that had business with the agency in 2014, 2015 and 2016. To be eligible for consideration, companies – or their subsidiary business units – had to have DLA contracts with a proven record of performance, as well as established ratings in the federal Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System.

Of those considered, 38 companies were selected as DLA’s superior suppliers in the Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, based on their performance and their average score from the last three years of CPARS ratings, with the most emphasis placed on 2016’s ratings.

The selected companies represent all of DLA’s major supply chains, include eight small businesses, and collectively account for more than $9 billion in DLA contract expenditures annually.

In addition, commanders of DLA’s Primary-Level Field Activities that buy supplies also identified additional companies that merit recognition. The commanders chose these companies as a way to acknowledge those that did not have the criteria needed for a Gold, Silver or Bronze distinction because of lower spend or fewer CPARS scores, but deserved recognition for objective criteria focused on their innovation, performance and partnership with DLA.

DLA’s superior suppliers for 2017 are listed in alphabetical order by performance level:

Ameriqual Group, LLC
Burlington Industries, LLC
Caterpillar, Inc.
Quantico Tactical 
McRae Industries, Inc.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Pratt & Whitney
Science Applications International Corp.
Tennier Industries, Inc.
Unaka Co., Inc.
Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
The Wornick Co.

AM General, LLC
Cardinal Health, Inc.
DMS Pharmaceutical Group, Inc.
Foster Fuels, Inc.
Goodyear Tire Rubber Co.
McKesson Corp.
Michelin North America, Inc.
National Industries for the Blind
Raytheon Co.
Red Star Enterprises Limited
Supplycore, Inc.
3M Co.
TW Metals
US Foods, Inc.
W.S. Darley Co.

Amerisourcebergen Corp.
BAE Systems and Information
Bell Boeing Joint Project Office
Figgie International Inc.
General Dynamics Land Systems Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Parker-Hannifin Corp.
PPG Industries, Inc.
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Textron, Inc.

Additional PLFA Recognition:
Eastern Carolina Vocational Center
HESCO Bastion, Inc.
HOWCO Distributing Company
Peckham Vocational Industries
Progressive Industries, Inc.
WGL Energy

As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, other federal agencies and partner nations with the full spectrum of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America’s military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction equipment. DLA also supplies 86 percent of the military’s spare parts.

Headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, DLA has about 25,000 employees worldwide and supports more than 2,300 weapon systems. For more information about DLA, go to:, or