Michigan company establishes Mexican manufacturing operations in order to offer proximity to customers.
El Paso, Texas – Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Firstronic has entered into a seventy-eight month contract for services in Mexico with the Tecma Group of Companies that will enable the firm to begin the assembly of electronic control units for industrial and automotive applications at its new Mexican manufacturing operations in Ciudad Juarez during the fourth quarter of the present year. Specific items to produced include: electronic ignition control units for lawn and garden equipment, fuel pump controllers, electronic shifters and seat actuators.
The company’s Ciudad Juarez facility will occupy 70,000 square feet of industrial space, which will be filled with equipment and direct labor workers in two phases. The company will initially install three SMT lines and employ sixty individuals at the Juarez Mexican manufacturing operations, while within an eighteen month period it will expand to house seven SMT lines and to employ two hundred individuals.
According to Firstronic president and CEO, John Sammut, “We are opening operations in Mexico to meet customers’ local content requirements, as well as to reduce logistics costs, lead times and to expand the flexibility of our service. The Firstronic Ciudad Juarez operations will serve to complement our company’s ongoing activities in Grand Rapids.”
Firstronic is a premier specialty provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS), including turnkey electronic assembly and materials management services, to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the electronics industry. Firstronic’s electronic manufacturing services consist primarily of the manufacture of complex printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) using through-hole and surface mount technology (SMT), interconnection technologies including fine-pitch and mixed technology products.
About the Tecma Group of Companies
The Tecma Group of Companies, Inc., headquartered in El Paso, Texas provides services that have enabled firms from a wide range of industries to establish and maintain Mexican manufacturing operations for almost three decades. Under its Mexico Shelter Manufacturing Partnership (MSMP) companies control and focus on their core, value-added functions, while Tecma tends to their human resource, payroll, accounting, logistics, and other needs that, although important, are not part of the manufacturing process.