“Aerospace and defense manufacturing is a core industry in Oklahoma and our business portfolio,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “The Cherokee Nation plays a vital role in this industry and is proud to have earned a new multimillion dollar contract with Sikorsky. This new contract creates more jobs in an advanced, high-tech industry.” This is the second, consecutive year Cherokee Nation Industries has received the honor.
The deal comes shortly after Cherokee Nation Industries was honored with a 2013 Sikorsky Gold Supplier award in recognition of the company's exceptional delivery of high quality products in the timeframe needed. Baker said the Gold Supplier certification “reflects the commitment to quality we have established in our advanced manufacturing efforts at CNI.”
The 18-month contract allocates $4 million for the production of 84 instrument panels that integrates all flight instruments, with the exception of customer-specified radios. CNI will also provide frame assembly for 74 aircraft, adding copy.1 million to the contract.