Four Teams In Competition For Company's Top Innovation
Fourteen Bell Helicopter employees have been named winners of
the 2010 Lawrence D. Bell Pioneer Award. With this recognition,
four Bell teams are advancing to the final stage of the Chairman's
Award for Innovation, an internal Textron competition honoring
innovators whose exemplary innovations have led to significant
improvements and contributed directly to Bell and Textron's growth,
globalization, profitability or competitive position.
Winning team innovation projects and categories include:
- Productivity: "Compression Molded Carbon Epoxy (CMC) for Low
Cost Composite Parts" - Anthony Bergerson, Daniel Burns, John
Rogus, Paul Russell and Robert Chris
- Service: "On Aircraft Repair of Complex Shaped Composite
Components with Contaminants" - Eric Nottorf, Denver Whitworth,
- Innovation: "Tooling Center Lap Machine" - Monte Smith, Richard
Pae, Royce Moore, Stephen Stalnaker
- Growth: "Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Helicopter
Integration and Infrastructure Development" - William Fulton,
The four team finalists were honored at the Lawrence D. Bell
Awards ceremony on Oct. 20 at the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.
The teams each received a trophy, $500 cash and the chance to
compete against eight other Textron business units for the
Textron-wide Chairman's Award for Innovation, which will be
announced in November.
The Lawrence D. Bell Pioneer Award and the Textron-wide
Chairman's Award for Innovation recognize and reward employees
whose exemplary innovations have led to significant and measurable
improvements in products, technology or business practices and
contributed directly to Bell and Textron's growth, globalization,
profitability or competitive position.
"We are very proud that four of our Bell Helicopter teams are
advancing in competition for the Chairman's Awards," said John L.
Garrison, president and chief executive officer. "Bell Helicopters
has had a strong legacy of innovation and engineering excellence
and these teams keep with that tradition."
Seventy-one Chairman's Award nominations from across Bell
Helicopter were submitted for work performed between January 2009
and June 2010 in the categories of innovation, growth, productivity
and service. Nine finalists were selected and received a
certificate of recognition. Each Textron business unit submits four
finalists, one from each category, to the Textron Enterprise Review
Committee for final review and consideration. The committee will
then choose a winner from each category to receive the Chairman's
Award for Innovation.
Chairman's Award winners each receive $10,000 and a trip for
them and their families to the Textron Global Leadership meeting
Jan. 4 in Orlando, FL. The Chairman's Award for Innovation
continues to be an important program as Bell and Textron remains
committed to growing the company by developing ground-breaking
technologies and finding creative ways to meet customers' needs. It
supports smart risk taking, simplified processes, speed in daily
work activities, organic growth and focus on the customer - in
addition to innovation.