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UEC Electronics

volume production. Clients include the Department of
Defense, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing. "We
are a very complex organization in that we're not just a
contract manufacturer," she adds. "Half of the work we
do is developed specifically for a customer and then
taken through testing, prototyping and production."
The company also offers prototyping and design services to entrepreneurs and patent attorneys with clients
wishing to launch a new product. "This is an exciting
and fun service of ours that often leads to manufacturing opportunities down the road," Ufkes says.

'Agile and Responsive'
UEC has grown significantly from its beginnings as a
company with five employees and 5,000 square feet of
manufacturing space. Today, the company's manufacturing space includes more than 75,000 square feet of
engineering, integration, production and testing space
in four facilities on two campuses near Charleston, S.C.
The company in recent years has invested heavily in
its manufacturing operations. This includes the recent
installation of an ERP system upgrade as well as a fully
automated, aerospace compliant circuit assembly line.
UEC is vertically integrated within its manufacturing
operations. "We can build our own components, fabricate wire harnesses and perform rack integration up
through vehicle integration," Ufkes says. "Our in-house
capabilites give us the ability to go to market swiftly while
remaining agile and responsive to our customers."
Lean methodologies also play a role in the company's
manufacturing success. UEC's lean program, based on a
model originated by Raytheon, includes the use of manufacturing cells as well as regular lean events conducted
both internally as well as in conjunction with clients.
The company is ISO 9001 and AS9100C registered. In
addition, UEC is a graduate of the Navy's
Manufacturing Technical Assistance Production
Program and Defense Small Business Technology
Readiness Resource program.

South

UEC builds on its existing work with clients in part by
leveraging its existing products and offerings into new
programs and markets.
For example, the company in recent years introduced
the Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network
(GREEN), a power storage and distribution system
used in military and defense applications. The company
is building more than $40 million in GREEN systems for
the Marine Corps as a result of a contract issued in 2011.
The GREEN system is used to convert solar and other
alternative energy sources into power that is used by
Marines in the field. Excess energy is stored in specially
designed high-density batteries that can be used when
renewable sources are unavailable, the company says.
The Army and other agencies are currently evaluating
this technology.
Future growth opportunities include commercial and
global expansion of its products and services. "Our projections moving forward are strong," Ufkes says. "We've
just hired an additional business developer who will
help us enter into the international marketplace, so we
see great potential moving forward." mt

Growth and Opportunity
UEC's market diversity is one of the main reasons the
company has experienced growth every year for the 18
years it has been in business. The company's growth
was recently noted by Inc. magazine, which included
UEC on its 2013 Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastestgrowing companies. UEC has been included in this list
for the last three consecutive years.
Most of UEC's annual growth can be attributed to additional work from existing customers and receiving referrals to new clients from its existing customer base, Ufkes
notes. UEC also adds a few new customers each year.
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