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EBW Electronics

space. In spring of 2014, we will be adding another
40,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
MT: How do you work to maintain a quality culture?
PL: Our commitment to quality is shown by working
toward zero-defect manufacturing. Our core values are:
seek perfection, making our customers successful,
encouraging growth in every member of our team and
humble leadership. Everyone, from the top on down, is
all about the team.
MT: Have you noticed any trends among your customer base that you're responding to?
TM: Everyone wants more, faster and for less money,
but that is nothing new.
CS: We are seeing more and more business on-shoring
away from Asia, and that is great. Our prices are really
competitive and we offer a great location - built in the
U.S.A. This means we can provide shorter lead times
and can make changes quickly.
Our business is up and that is in part because the
automotive industry is doing really well. The majority of
our growth is organic, which shows how we deal with
existing customers. They trust us.

Midwest

We want to get beyond tomorrow and start planning for
several years ahead. That is why we hired Todd Magsig
and are adding more manufacturing space.
MT: What are you most proud of about the company?
CS: We provide good jobs and a great place to work, and
by being successful with our people, we are better able
to be successful with our customers.
PL: We are really passionate about our people. I love
watching them grow in this company. Truly, it's not
the money, not the technology - this company is about
the people. Our culture is strong, and we like to say
"TBIF - Too Bad It's Friday." You spend a lot of awake
time with your coworkers, and we enjoy being with
each other. I also say "TGIM - Thank God It's
Monday."
TM: There is definitely an appreciation of a job well
done here. When something is done well, there is always
a thank you involved. Some of our people are at the
point where they could retire, but they want to work
here and be a part of this time. That says a lot about
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MT: How do you manage your supply chain?
TM: That is a vital part of what we do. We have a great
group of engineers who understand electronic parts
very well. We also have a procurement team that understands the world well, so our sourcing is top-notch.
Our quality systems ensure the right part is on the
right board every time, and we have an elaborate system
that tracks each part from our loading dock and
throughout our system. We are working to become an
extension of our customers. We do a lot of the design
and provide a turnkey operation. We can take our customer's idea from as early as the "sketch on a napkin
stage" all the way through product development to production. We offer a full service solution.
MT: What distinguishes EBW Electronics?
PL: We are an American company competing in a market full of multinational companies.
CS: We have the fastest, most-advanced and most-competitive automated equipment. On top of that, our culture is the best. Our employees' attendance is off the
charts - they are excited to come here and be here, and
that shows in the quality we deliver. Plus, the depth of
our technical staff is outstanding.
MT: What are your plans for growth in the near future?
PL: We'd like to increase exposure to other industries.
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