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Escort Manufacturing
www.escortradar.com / HQ: Mississauga, Ontario / Specialty: Radar detectors / Steven Chan, director
of manufacturing: "We are one of the few North American players in this space that have managed to thrive."

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escort takes pride in achieving
maximum performance from
commercially available
electronic parts.

Max Detectors

lean methods are at the heart of escort
manufacturing's operations. by jim harris

A strong internal focus on lean
manufacturing principles has allowed
Escort Manufacturing to succeed
where many of its peers in electronic
device manufacturing have not.
"Everyone thinks this sort of manufacturing is done exclusively in China,
and people have the misconception
that electronic manufacturing cannot
survive in North America," says Steven
Chan, director of manufacturing for
the Mississauga, Ontario-based company. "We are one of the few North
American players in this space that
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have managed to thrive to this day. It
shocks a lot of people that we can do
this kind of work here and remain profitable, but we do it every day."
The radar detector manufacturer
has resisted outsourcing its manufacturing operations throughout its
more than 40-year history. Escort
Manufacturing dates its origins back
to the 1970s, when it manufactured
its products in West Chester, Ohio.
The company 10 years ago purchased
Beltronics, a Mississauga-based competitor. The unified company kept the

Escort name while still manufacturing radar detectors under the Escort
and Beltronics brand names.
Manufacturing operations and half
of the company's engineering staff are
based in Mississauga, with the West
Chester, Ohio, facility housing the
remaining engineering staff as well as
distribution, finance, customer service and other office operations.
Escort three years ago was purchased by investment group Monomoy Capital that earlier this year
purchased another major competitor,
Cobra Electronics, adding its product
lines to the Escort/Beltronics brands,
Chan says.
Escort Manufacturing's products
are available at major retailers including Best Buy as well as online via Amazon and others. The company also


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