East/West Industries President Teresa Ferraro Honored with Cradle of Aviation Leroy R. Grumman Award

Ferraro also recognized by Moxxie Mentoring Foundation and Newsday

RONKONKOMA, New York, November 26, 2018 –Teresa Ferraro, President of East/West Industries, a leading provider of critical lifesaving equipment for the aerospace and defense industry, received the Leroy R. Grumman Award at the Cradle of Aviation Air & Space Gala last week in Garden City, N.Y. The award honors the innovation of aviation leaders.

The museum, which celebrates Long Island’s vital role in aviation progress, recognized Ferraro for her contributions to aerospace innovation and safety. Under Teresa Ferraro’s leadership, and together with her brother Joseph Spinosa, VP of Business Development, East/West has grown into a globally recognized design and manufacturing firm of critical safety components for today’s most innovative aircraft.

Under the second generation leadership of Company President Mary Ferarro and her brother, Vice President of Operations Joe Spinoza, East/West has seen continued growth that will see their workforce expand by over 40%. East West Photo.
Under the second generation leadership of Company President Mary Ferarro and her brother, Vice President of Business Development Joe Spinoza, East/West has seen continued growth that will see their workforce expand by over 40%. East/West Photo.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this recognition,” Ferraro said. “For 50 years, from its beginnings at my parent’s dining room table where my father began designing and developing small oxygen components, East/West Industries has been dedicated to saving aircrew lives. We’ve grown to a team of more than 80 talented design engineers, management and support personnel that we’re proud to call family, and we look forward to continuing to innovatively support the aerospace and defense industry.”

East/West Industries was founded in 1968 by Ferraro’s parents. Ferraro joined the business 15 years later and has since built the company through successful fiscal, strategic and operational leadership. Over the past 35 years, she’s forged successful business relationships with major aerospace and defense contractors, including Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company, Sikorsky Aircraft and Lockheed Martin. Recently, she led the most significant business expansion in East/West history, including a move to a new facility, expanding the company’s footprint by approximately 50 percent, and creating a plan to expand the workforce by 40 percent in three years. 

 

East/West was founded by Dom and Mary (seen center of image) Spinoza in 1968 and has grown to a multi-national powerhouse in the aviation safety industry. East/West photo.
East/West was founded by Dom and Mary (seen center of image) Spinoza in 1968 and has grown to a multi-national powerhouse in the aviation safety industry. East/West photo.

 

In addition to the Leroy R. Grumman Award, Ferraro was recognized by the Long Island-based Moxxie Mentoring Foundation, a young women’s mentoring organization, receiving their inaugural Leadership Award in October.

East/West Industries, Inc. was recognized in October of this year and named one of Long Island, New York’s Top Workplaces by Long Island daily newspaper Newsday. Companies named by Newsday provide an engaging workplace culture, empower employees to work at their full potential, project a sense of genuine appreciation of employees, and offer fair pay and benefits packages.

East/West Industries, Inc. is a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of lifesaving equipment. A woman-owned, small business located on Long Island in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., East/West Industries is celebrating 50 years of saving aircrew lives in 2018.

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