Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Northrop Grumman has entered a Department of Defense agreement with S&K Electronics to help manufacture printed circuit card assemblies.
The small business, owned by the confederated Salish and Kootenai American Indian tribes in Montana, will manufacture the printed circuit card assemblies for Northrop Grumman programs, Northrop Gumman said in a release Tuesday.
The agreement is through a Defense Department program designed to enable prime contractors to work with small businesses to help expand business skills and better compete for government contracts.
Under the agreement, Northrop Grumman will provide training and support to help S&K Electronics enhance its processes, equipment and technology. Salish Kootenai College in Palbo, Mont., will provide training and certification for 3D printers and may offer additional training.
"Northrop Grumman has had a positive relationship with S&K Electronics for several years and is pleased to embark on this mentor-protégé agreement," said Janine Nyre, sector vice president of global supply chain, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.
"This agreement marks the start of another level of engagement with Northrop Grumman that speaks well of our two companies' past collaboration," said Lawrence Hall, president of S&K Electronics. "We are looking forward to improving our skills and processes in order to provide world class manufacturing services to Northrop Grumman and DOD."