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EBW Electronics
www.ebw-electronics.com / 2013 revenues: $27 million / HQ: Holland, Mich. / Employees: 140
/ Pat LeBlanc, chairman: "Truly, it's not the money, not the technology - this company is about the people."

Midwest

MT: What markets do you serve?
Todd Magsig: Our largest market is
automotive, but we also provide LED
lighting for office furniture and we
have industrial customers. Our
design experience focused on LED
lighting products. Our manufacturing capabilities are more generic; if
it's an electronic assembly, we have
the capability to manufacture it.
PL: About 65 to 85 percent of our
business is from automotive, depending on the month. The LED lighting
portion of the automotive industry is
in its infancy, and the percentage of
cars containing LEDs products is only
going to grow in the future.
the managers of ebw electronics
are proud that the company's
internal culture contributes to
its success.

Local Pride
ebw is proud of its advanced capabilities, but knows
its workforce keeps it strong. by staci davidson
Business is strong for EBW
Electronics. In 2013, the company was
ranked as the fastest-growing manufacturing operation in Michigan on
the Inc. 5000 list, and 2nd District
U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga paid the firm a
visit in November to promote the
local economic growth. Based in
Holland, Mich., EBW Electronics is
helping to lead the state's continued
growth out of the economic recession, and it is backed up with a dedicated staff and advanced operation.
Locally owned and managed, EBW
Electronics specializes in the design
and manufacture of printed circuit
board assemblies for a diverse customer base. Manufacturing Today
recently had a chance to speak with
Chairman Pat LeBlanc, President
Cory Steeby and Sales Manager Todd
Magsig about EBW Electronics continued organic growth, its focus on
quality and how its culture contributes to its ongoing success.
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Manufacturing Today: How did
EBW Electronics get started?
Cory Steeby: I worked for an electronics design firm in Holland, Michigan.
Pat's dad, Leo, owned a company
called Enterprise Brass Works (EBW)
in Muskegon, Michigan. In 1992, Leo
LeBlanc purchased our design firm,
turned us into a manufacturer and
EBW Electronics was created.
Pat LeBlanc: EBW Electronics has
had its ups and downs, but currently
is on a rapid up. The past 21 years,
EBW Electronics' primary manufacturing focus went from electronic
monitoring equipment for underground storage tanks, to circuit
boards for instruments in the dashboards of recreational vehicles, to
florescent lighting ballasts and finally for the past 5 years circuit boards
populated with LEDs. Our electronics design and lighting experience
has made the progression into the
LED industry natural for us.

MT: Describe your operations.
TM: Our operations are extensive,
but one of our greatest strengths is
our people. Western Michigan is a
great place because we have people
who care about the company, our
products and our customers.
We have two areas for manufacturing. There is a high-speed automation
area for placing small components on
circuit board. We currently have
seven of these automated lines in
place. They run 24 hours a day, five to
six days a week. We also have a secondary operations area where handassembly operations such as manual
soldering and programing, and automated processes such as selective soldering and conformal coating take
place. In addition to these manufacturing areas, we also have a space
products are functionally tested
before being shipped to customers.
PL: You can probably eat off our
floors - our plant is immaculately
clean. We also follow lean manufacturing principles. There is very little
out of place and everything is laid out
in a very efficient manner.
TM: The facility is environmentally
controlled and very quiet. We've
been in our current facility since
December 2004 and in October 2011
we doubled our manufacturing


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