TMAC at the University of Texas at Arlington helped a Fort Worth-based aerospace supplier and manufacturing company become the first company in the nation to qualify for certification required of its contractors by the Department of Defense.
Aero-Glen International LLC, a small private company established in 1976, has successfully participated in TMAC’s Joint Monitoring Voluntary Assessment Program. Passing the assessment means Aero-Glen has met the Level 2 compliance requirements of its Cybersecurity Maturity Model (CMMC) 2.0 certification and will be able to maintain Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. and to compete for future contracts requiring CMMC certification.
Aero-Glen contacted TMAC, which is the official representative of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP) in Texas, in preparation for the cybersecurity assessment. This collaboration could provide a model for future defense industry players.
Retired Col. Darold Tippey and Ghassan Khatib, who are both TMAC advisors, used CMMC ePU reference material and licensed tools from DTC Global to provide definitive guidance and develop overwhelming evidence of compliance while correcting the shortcomings and nonconformities.
“This transformation project ensured that operations, policies and procedures were aligned and more secure, improving how Aero-Glen operated end-to-end, from customer orders to final delivery,” Khatib said.
This achievement proved successful not only for Aero-Glen, but also for TMAC, DTC Global, DoD, CMMC and NIST. It demonstrates that compliance with cybersecurity requirements can be achieved effectively and conveniently within the CMMC model, even for small manufacturers. It will safeguard and secure sensitive DoD information and enhance national security.
“Cybersecurity is an essential part of our approach to our markets, our services to our customers and our integration into our daily processes,” said Zbigniew Kaniewski, international vice president of information technology and improvement continues from Aero-Glen. “The TMAC team has been great at taking a pragmatic approach to a complex set of requirements and has proven that we can deliver a sustainable cybersecurity program while enabling the business.”
Pravina Raghavan, National Director of NIST-MEP, presented Aero-Glen with a plaque on October 7 to recognize its achievement in being the first manufacturer in the United States to meet the stringent CMMC 2.0 Level 2 compliance requirements.
“I congratulate Aero-Glen as the first manufacturer in the United States to be certified under the Joint Surveillance Voluntary Assessment Program,” Raghavan said. “Cybersecurity is a key means by which the MEP National Network strengthens and empowers American manufacturers. The success of Aero-Glen, working with TMAC as the official representative of the MEP National Network in Texas, serves as an example for other small and medium US manufacturers looking to improve and secure their operations in the supply chains. defense procurement.
TMAC has worked with thousands of Texas organizations since its inception in 1995. TMAC is the official representative of the MEP National Network and NIST MEP in the State of Texas. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that provides comprehensive, proven solutions to US manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing manufacturing in the United States. TMAC’s mission is to improve the global competitiveness of the Texas economy by working to grow the extended manufacturing enterprise. TMAC provides practical business management, technology and operations solutions to a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, distribution, logistics and others.
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About Aero-Glen International LLC
Aero-Glen International LLC is an aerospace storage distributor serving the commercial, defense, space and maritime industries. Founded in 1976, Aero-Glen provides fastener hardware (structural fasteners, assembly hardware and electrical components), custom parts (machined and formed parts, tubing and assemblies) and other support equipment (tooling installation, maintenance and diagnostic equipment, etc.). As a value-added supply chain provider, Aero-Glen’s programs include custom kits, bin management, and 3PL and 4PL services. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Aero-Glen is a small, privately held company whose core values for its customers are focused on three key principles: Commitment, Execution and Results.
About the NIST MEP
The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that provides comprehensive, proven solutions to US manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing manufacturing in the United States.
Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers drive business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the National MEP Network includes NIST MEP, 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 385 MEP service locations, giving any US manufacturer access to the resources they need to succeed.
In 2021, the MEP National Network generated $26.20 in new sales growth and $34.50 in investment from new customers. This translates to $3.9 billion in new sales. During this same period, for every $1,193 of federal investment, the network created or maintained one manufacturing job.
About DTC Global
DTC Global specializes in DFARS/CMMC consulting products and services. Led by Regan Edens and Les Terrell, DTC Global developed the CMMC ePU Reference Standard Documentation to provide definitive guidance and overwhelming proof of compliance. DTC Global, CUI Supply, and many other industry-leading organizations have founded the CMMC Industry Standards Council, a 501-c6 organization whose goal is to develop a “CMMC Safe Harbor” by providing authoritative guidance and training for “turnkey” solutions prescribed “by highly qualified service providers.
— Written by Darold Tippey, TMAC