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Sunburst Electronics / HQ: Erie, Pa. / Employees: 110 / Services: Contract manufacturer of electronic components Kevin McDonough, vice president: “The biggest story for us is definitely the certifications and how far we have come.” sunburst electronics focuses on its quality management system. Rising Sunburst sunburst electronics specializes in high-quality contract electronics manufacturing. by russ gager A typical strategy to gain maximum earnings from capital investment is to run equipment as close to 24/7 as possible. But doing only that has never been the philosophy at Sunburst Electronics. “We have a very large amount of competition,” explains Kevin McDonough, vice president of sales and marketing. “Many companies with under-utilized manufacturing operations for building their product have tried to improve their margins 122 SUMMER 2010 and expand their offerings to include contract manufacturing. As a result, competition is pretty fierce. There are probably 60 to 70 companies offering contract electronic manufacturing services within western Pennsylvania, western New York and northeast Ohio. One of our key competitive differentiators is our certifications. We have invested a great deal of time and effort into gaining ISO certifications critical to the market segments we service. I don’t think there is anybody in our direct territory that has both the ISO 13485 medical and the AS9100:2004 aerospace certification.” Sunburst Electronics, which was founded in 1976, has had John Cline as its CEO since 2006. Since then, the company has concentrated on its Sunburst Quality Management (SQM) system and on obtaining additional certifications. These now include certification to ISO 9001:2008, AS9100:2004 and the medical additive ISO 13485:2003. “Compared to the article run in Manufacturing Today four years ago, one look at Sunburst today and you can see that we’ve really expanded the quality and have broadened our stretch in terms of the customers we support,” McDonough notes. “Oil and gas has always been a very big market for us, and we continue to support that industry very aggressively. By adding the medical and aerospace certifications, there’s been this major expansion of the types of market segments we now target and support on a regular basis. “These certifications in most cases are a requirement to do business in these particular industries,” he emphasizes. “You don’t come by them easily. They take a total commitment and buy-in from every team member, including management and direct labor personnel.” “The biggest story for us is definitely the certifications and how far we have come in four short years,” McDonough continues. “We’re of a belief that you make good decisions with good data. SQM allows us to not only gather good data at critical verification points, but also to use the data we have gathered to fuel our continuous improvement initiatives. The cornerstone of SQM is having relevant data at our disposal in order to constantly improve our process. We feel that this is a clear competitive differentiator.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010