Beck Tire International Receives Lockheed Martin Star Supplier Award

KANSAS CITY, MO, 07/27/2009 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has presented Beck Tire International with its prestigious STAR Supplier Award for its exemplary performance and contribution to the success of Lockheed Martin's mission.

Lockheed Martin's STAR Supplier Award is only presented to suppliers who meet rigorous performance criteria. First established in 1999, this award is an effort to quantitatively measure supplier quality and to create a group of preferred suppliers.

To receive this honor and join the elite group of STAR Suppliers, Beck Tire International provided superior support to Lockheed Martin as part of the Aircraft Tires Privatization Initiative for the Defense Logistics Agency. Under this initiative led by Michelin Aircraft Tire Co., Lockheed Martin manages the logistics and warehousing of all tires used on U.S. Air Force and Army aircraft around the world. In the continental United States, Beck Tire International recycles and disposes of aircraft tires in an environmentally safe manner.

"Beck Tire International continually surpasses required performance metrics. In fact, they maintain a 99 percent performance rating in the area of on-time tire pick ups," said Vince Dothard, director of Supply Chain Management Programs at Lockheed Martin's New Ventures business.

"We are honored to receive this award. This recognition is the result of many years of hard work and dedication," said Eugene Beck, president of Beck Tire International. "Ultimately this is about supporting the men and women who serve our nation in the U.S. Air Force."

Based in Kansas City, Miss., with additional facilities in Avon Park, Fla., and Burleson and Houston, TX, Beck Tire International has recycled tires for more than 60 years. Beck Tire International offers aircraft tire recycling operations as well as catalog sales of specialty tires and a collection network that oversees the collection of millions of passenger and truck tires each year.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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