Pike County Operations Hits the Mark


Hitting the mark is crucial. Just ask the employees at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control’s Pike County Operations facility in Troy, Ala. They know that hitting the mark, each and every time, is imperative to providing soldiers with a decisive edge in the field. With their unwavering dedication to protecting the warfighter and their commitment to teamwork, innovation and performance, hitting the mark is not only an objective, it is a requirement. 

The Pike County Operations team was right on target in 2012, with 100 percent on-time delivery to customers and 100 percent Mission Success on all operational flight tests. From receiving their ninth consecutive superior security rating from the Defense Security Service (DSS) to completing production on the 35,000th Javelin round, the team never misses.

It’s no surprise that their success is garnering industry attention and numerous awards. For the second time, Lockheed Martin’s Pike County Operations was named one of IndustryWeek’s 2012 Best Plants. The Troy facility first received this award in 1997, just three years after beginning production operations for the air-to-ground missile (AGMS) systems programs.

Described as the safest and most advanced plant of its kind, the 3,800-acre facility is the final assembly and test site for a number of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control programs, including AGMS programs, Javelin, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM).

“Maintaining the high level of quality and performance that our customers require is a demanding task, but our Pike County Operations employees have demonstrated their commitment to excellence time and time again through the products they produce on a daily basis,” said Mark Hayes, Quality & Mission Success manager at Missiles and Fire Control’s Troy facility.

In addition to the IndustryWeek recognition, Pike County Operations was selected as a recipient of the 2012 Alabama Performance Excellence Award (ALPex). The ALPex award recognizes organizations with performance excellence and quality best practices that can be shared with other organizations and businesses to help contribute to the overall economic well-being in the state of Alabama. The ALPex award is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business received from the United States Department of Commerce in November 2012.

In the past 10 years, Pike County Operations has received a number of national awards for their commitment to continuous improvement and performance excellence, including the 2011 James S. Cogswell Award for Superior Industrial Security, the 2007 Alabama Quality Award, the 2007 National Safety Council Perfect Record Award, the 2006 Alabama Manufacturer of the Year and the 2002 Shingo Award for manufacturing excellence.