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2018-08-08 / Front Page

Northern Wings Recognized Again

Although Northern Wings, Inc. is little known outside the Tahquamenon area, it is a business with farreaching influence. Currently located in the Luce County Industrial Park, Northern Wings has been in the news several times since its humble beginnings in a garage in the Engadine area.

The company specializes in selling, distributing, repairing and manufacturing spare parts and equipment used in various United States military aviation operations.

It also has manufactured parts for customers ranging from logging operators to the Space Shuttle program.

Most recently, Northern Wings attained Silver Level as a supplier to The Boeing Company for outstanding quality and delivery performance during 2017.

There were 414 suppliers to Boeing who earned either Gold or Silver status, with Northern Wings among 329 Silver Level awardees.

Northern Wings also was presented with a Supplier of the Month award by L3 Technologies, which is currently ranked as the eighth largest Prime Contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense.

“It was quite an achievement,” said Christopher Burger, operations manager of Northern Wings. “Its vendor base numbers 20,000 to 30,000 suppliers. Out of all of those, we were the ones that stood out the best. L3 also is known as an aerospace company.

“For those who don’t know our company, we sell, distribute, repair and manufacture materials, spare parts and equipment that are used to support various U.S. military operations and government programs,” Burger explained. ”We haven’t limited our footprint to North America, either, as we’re currently supporting logistical efforts in Afghanistan, South Korea, Africa, Europe and Guatemala, all from the fields of Luce County’s Industrial Park.”

Just recently Northern Wings landed the third largest contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman. That’s one of the reasons Northern Wings is expanding, adding 3,000 feet to its building and creating several new jobs. “We have 23 employees and are looking to add another one this month,” revealed Burger

Part of that new space will become a classroom. “It’s no secret that this region of the country is short on skilled tradesmen,” he added. “Our intent for this classroom, once it’s been completed, is to generate a syllabus and partner with either Lake Superior State University or Northern Michigan University and start some skilled trades training.”

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