updated 12/13/2010 2:47:45 PM ET 2010-12-13T19:47:45

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recognized 42 employees and 23 suppliers at its annual Socio-Economic Business Programs (SEBP) awards luncheon in Manhattan Beach, Calif. The award recipients were acknowledged for their outstanding performance and support of SEBP, which expands subcontracting opportunities for all classes of small business concerns, including small disadvantaged, women-owned, historically underutilized business zones, veteran, service-disabled veteran-owned, historically black colleges, universities and minority institutions.

Susan Cote, vice president, Corporate Contracts, Pricing and Supply Chain makes a presentation to Annual Corporate Socio-Economic Business Programs Recognition Awards luncheon guest speaker April Pinch-Keeler, president, MVLE

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World Class Team awards recognize suppliers and employees who have demonstrated exceptional support and commitment to the SEBP goals and objectives. The awards luncheon featured April Pinch-Keeler, president of MVLE, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to over 630 individuals with intellectual disabilities and emphasizes the importance of working and providing mentoring opportunities for them.

"These corporate awards recognize suppliers and employees for their outstanding efforts and continued contributions in support to the many corporate initiatives including Mentor-Protege, Small Business Innovation Research and AbilityOne programs," said Susan Cote, vice president, corporate contracts, pricing and supply chain. "It's a win-win situation where the innovation and creativity of our suppliers allow Northrop Grumman to deliver the highest quality products and services to our customers."

SEBP programs play a key role in connecting small businesses capabilities with Northrop Grumman government programs in the supply chain and technical organizations leading to significant business opportunities. In fiscal year 2010, Northrop Grumman awarded $11.5 billion in subcontracts, with small businesses receiving more than $4.2 billion (36.7 percent) of these awards. Employees were recognized for consistently going above and beyond customary work requirements to help Northrop Grumman's small business office meet or exceed its goals.

The suppliers recognized with World Class Supplier awards consistently demonstrated responsiveness and flexibility to help meet Northrop Grumman production needs. Suppliers honored with recognition awards were Arrowhead Engineering; Convergent Solutions, Inc.; Dfuse Technologies, Inc.; Diamond Mold, Inc.; EIC Solutions, Inc.; Embark Software Development; Eptam Plastics, Ltd.; Far West Contractors Corporation; Graphic Research, Inc.; McCallie Associates, Inc.; Meadowgate Technologies LLC; MSM Industries, Inc.; MVLE; North Shore Components, Inc.; PFG Precision Optics; PLANIT Technology Group; Rincon Research Corporation; SEAKR Engineering, Inc.; Shield Consulting Solutions, Inc.; APG Technologies, LLC; Systems Engineering & Management Company (SEMCO); The Baer Group; and VPI Engineering.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

CONTACT:  Gus Gulmert
          Northrop Grumman Corporation
          (703) 875-8450

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