NASA Awards George M. Low Quality Award to Marotta
With this win, Marotta becomes the first multiple winner in its category
Montville, New Jersey, (April 27th 2004) – Marotta Controls, Inc., has been awarded NASA’s George M. Low Award for supplier excellence and quality, making Marotta the first and only repeat winner in the small business category.
The George M. Low (GML) Award is NASA’s premier quality and performance award for their prime contractors and subcontractors. The presentation of the award signifies NASA’s recognition that the recipient has demonstrated excellence and outstanding technical and managerial achievements in quality and performance.
The announcement was made by NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, during the 18th NASA Continual Improvement and Reinvention Conference in Alexandria, VA.
“We are very proud to receive this coveted award,” said Tom Marotta, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marotta.  “The dedication of our staff to many NASA programs throughout our history has earned us a reputation for excellence, and our second George M. Low Award is proof of that.”
Marotta was nominated for the George M. Low Award by Goddard Spaceflight Center for its outstanding performance on the Space Technology 5 (ST5) project, part of the NASA New Millennium program.  Marotta designed, developed and qualified station-keeping cold gas microthrusters for the ST5 Project. The Program’s goal is to flight- test miniaturized satellites and innovative technologies in Earth’s magnetosphere. Marotta’s microthrusters, which were delivered ahead of schedule and on budget, provide performance efficiency 25% higher than the specified requirements, and led to the company being awarded the Goddard Supplier Excellence Award in July 2003.
“Marotta has a long and proud tradition of supporting NASA, and the George M. Low Award is a further indication of the quality of both our product and our people,” said Michael Leahan, Vice President and Chief Sales Officer at Marotta.  “We intend to continue this commitment, and we look forward to maintaining our close relationship with the space community.”
About Marotta Controls
Marotta Controls, Inc. is a privately held company based in Montville, New Jersey, with facilities in Cheltenham, UK, and Dublin, Ireland.  Marotta designs, develops and manufactures fluid control systems, valves, actuators and electronic controllers for demanding applications in military, commercial aerospace, space and industrial markets.