Boeing has partnered with Houston, Texas-based supplier Bastion Technologies Inc. for nearly two decades —and now the two companies are collaborating on a NASA initiative aimed at increasing Bastion's presence in the aerospace sector.
Boeing is one of 26 NASA prime contractors.
Dubbed the Mentor-Protégé Program, the NASA program will bring together its experienced professionals and small business representatives to be trained to do jobs for NASA. The program will run for a year-and-a-half and will focus on a number of areas, including manufacturing, quality, marketing and business development.
“Bastion is an excellent example of how Boeing and small businesses can collaborate and grow as teammates and as individual companies,” John Mulholland, VP and program manager for Boeing Commercial Programs, said. “Through Mentor-Protégé, we’ll accelerate our common support of NASA’s critical work advancing human spaceflight capabilities.”
Bastion Technologies president Jorge Hernandez agreed.
“We have cherished our relationship with Boeing, which began with our work on the digital pre-assembly of the International Space Station to our work on today’s CST-100 Starliner program,” he said. “We look forward to many more years of cutting-edge work with Boeing and strengthening our aerospace ties through this mentorship program."
Boeing has a major assembly and manufacturing presence in North Charleston and is an integral part of the state's aerospace industry.