On July 5, 2022, the DoD announced that it awarded Noble Supply and Logistics, LLC, a $1.2B, 10-year, fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with DLA Aviation, Richmond, Virginia, for a category of hardware and abrasives items used in multiple weapon systems. Noble, a defense technology company, will begin operations to fulfill the approximately 55,000 national stock numbers (NSNs) comprising FSG 53 at its QSLD-certified distribution facilities.
Lee Weatherford, Noble's Global Head of Mission Support, will oversee all FSG 53 Program operations. "I am grateful that DLA Aviation has trusted Noble with this huge opportunity. Our team looks forward to working with DLA. We appreciate this opportunity to automate an efficient, high-quality, supply chain solution,” said Weatherford. “Noble is known for its capabilities in supply chain management, logistics, mission support, and technology solutions for military and government.”
NOBLE TO WORK WITH QSLM-CERTIFIED MANUFACTURERS TO FULFILL FSG 53 ORDERS PLACED THROUGH THE PROGRAM.
Acting as the sourcing agent under the contract Noble will solicit and contract with manufacturers and distributors for the delivery of the required NSNs. The FSG 53 hardware and abrasives product categories include screws; bolts; studs; nuts & washers; nails, machine keys, and pins; rivets; fastening devices; packaging and gasket materials, O-rings; metal screening; commercial hardware; brackets; weapon system hardware; abrasive disks and stones; abrasive materials; knobs and pointers; coil, flat, leaf, and wire springs; bushings, rings, shims, and spacers.
Noble will hold a series of industry days for prospective suppliers beginning in October 2022. An application to participate as a supplier in Noble’s FSG 53 program can be found at https://www.noble.com/become-noble-aviation-fsg-53-supplier.
AVIATION SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Under the FSG 53 contract, Noble will provide supply chain management to support the Defense Logistics Agency's worldwide customers. Services include customer direct orders and military retail stock replenishment with expedited (one to three-day) deliveries of items within the contract scope. Customers are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Foreign Military, and other authorized government buyers. The benefits provided to DLA through this contract with Noble include cost savings, price reduction, quality improvements through automation, and reduction in acquisition cycle times.
SUPPLY CHAIN FUNCTIONS PROVIDED BY NOBLE
Noble Supply & Logistics, LLC provides worldwide supply and logistics services to the U.S. Military, Federal Government, state and local governments, and commercial clients. The company's global footprint includes headquarters in Boston, MA, and regional distribution centers, warehouses, and operations centers.
Noble offers complete supply chain management, including procurement services, global sourcing, specialty manufacturing, material management, quality assurance, and supply sustainment. Specific functions Noble will perform as part of the FSG 53 contract include:
Procurement and purchasing
Order processing and fulfillment
Data management and data delivery
Packaging, transportation coordination, and shipment
Customer support services
Planning and forecasting
FSG 53 FULFILLMENT AT MEMPHIS-AREA DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Fulfillment of the items comprising the FSG 53 contract will take place at Noble's 67,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art distribution facility located within the Scannell Logistics Park in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Noble's distribution team supports global shipments with rapid, responsive, and cost-effective solutions to logistical challenges.
NOBLE drives mission success with world-class products, logistics, services, and training through accelerated procurement. Our footprint includes operation centers, distribution centers, and consolidation points positioned to expedite delivery and enhance global product availability.
In addition to distributing 13,000 manufacturer brands, NOBLE offers specialized technical and training services for customers with Aerospace, C5ISR, CBRNe, EOD, Expeditionary, MRO, and Tactical requirements. NOBLE uses an established supply chain, existing vendor relationships, and vast catalog to lower costs and increase selection and availability. As a result, NOBLE reduces the cost of readiness while maintaining the ability to respond rapidly to today's challenges.