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Leader Tech

less hours designing, developing and
manufacturing a highly engineered,
tight tolerance, custom made component and then place it in a one-size
fits all, industry standard package that
may or may not get the part to the customer in the same condition as it left
our facility," Mandile says. "That's
just not smart. We have made the investment and allocated resources to
develop the equipment and processes
to manufacture our own custom packaging and tailor make protective and
robust packaging solutions for our
customers' parts."
Because of this, Leader Tech now
has the ability to offer custom, low
cost packaging that in many cases
are less expensive than off-the-shelf
standard offerings. It is that mindset
of continuous improvement and customer satisfaction that drives all company initiatives.

South

director of quality systems and manufacturing
technologies gary mandile says leader tech is
"relentlessly improving" its capabilities.

Always Moving Forward
As the company looks to the future, it
is well aware that many U.S. companies are moving manufacturing and
production facilities to China and
Mexico. Although many feel there is
no way to compete on price in some
cases, Leader Tech feels that it is making very good inroads when it comes
to competing on value.
"We want to offer a value proposition that's currently not available
when dealing with our competitors in
China or Mexico," Mandile says. "Our
tooling and design expertise speaks
directly to our value. Engineering
support is another facet of our company that exhibits our credibility in
the EMI shielding community."
Additionally, Leader Tech has embraced laser technology as the future
of metal cutting. In the last two years,
it has invested in four laser cutting centers that have revolutionized the way it

approaches blanking and cutting of its
sheet metal and elastomer materials.
Between fiber and CO2, Leader Tech
has the ability to cut almost any material with a precision only dreamed of in
the punching world.
In addition, Leader Tech can now
utilize more of its sheet area and have
realized a cost savings of more than
25 percent in material usage. Literally
within minutes, the company can produce laser cut prototypes for its customers and have them to their doorstep the very next day.
"Investing in these laser centers
was critical for Leader Tech to stay in
front of the demanding tolerances and
exacting specifications of our aerospace and defense partners," Mandile
says. "As the technology grows, we see
Leader Tech continuing to push the
envelope of laser capabilities."
When Leader Tech thinks about its

most crucial challenges and priorities
in the years ahead, the company is
quick to remember that a company is
only as good as it's people. Because it
can be a challenge to find skilled technicians, toolmakers and operators,
ensuring that it can train and develop the next generation of workers is
a real priority for Leader Tech. The
company is currently developing an
apprenticeship program for its skilled
trade positions, as well as working
with local state and community colleges on internships to provide a conduit for talented workers to find employment within our company.
"Leader Tech was awarded Top
Workplace of 2015 by the Tampa Bay
Times, and we want to continue that
tradition for years to come by investing
in our team members and providing an
opportunity to excel and contribute to
our success," Mandile says. mt
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