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www.aceelectronics.com / Sales: $12 million / HQ: Metuchen, N.J. / Employees: 95 / Nish Patel, VP of operations: “We now have an automated way of tracking where on the shop floor the product of that particular job is at any given time.”
ace electronics provides wire and cable assemblies, diagnostic repair and box builds to many markets.
flexibility in manufacturing has kept the kinks out of ace electronics’ business for 35 years. by russ gager
Being able to transfer expertise from one market – such as telecommunications – to other markets – such as automotive and defense – is one of the skills that has kept Ace Electronics thriving for 35 years. “We’re flexible enough to recognize that manufacturing cable assemblies alone, we would not be able to survive,” concedes Sue Di Vila, director of business development. “We also manufacture electronic control boxes and switches and provide engi112
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neering services. We support multiple markets, and inside each of those markets, we provide various products and technologies.” Ace Electronics is an electronics manufacturing services provider of wire and cable assemblies, diagnostic repair and integration services, including higher-level assemblies and box builds. The company’s markets include medical, automotive, robotic, computer peripheral, commercial, telecom and government.
Ace custom designs, manufactures, tests and repairs its products. It also installs high-speed copper and fiberoptic cabling in facilities for networking, data centers, telecommunications and other functions. The company was founded in 1976 by Vinu Patel, Ed Di Vila and Larry Pomasan making parallel printer cables and telecommunications cables. “What is now being made offshore, that was what we were manufacturing,” Sue Di Vila explains. Each of the three men specialized in one of three disciplines – sales, operations or engineering. They started the business in their own homes and then moved to rented facilities. Now the company has three manufacturing plants – one at its headquarters in Metuchen, N.J., and the other two in Troy, Mich. The Metuchen plant has 17,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse/office space and was purchased in 1995. The second plant – which is 5,000 square feet – opened in Troy in 1998 to serve the automotive market. The third, 19,000-square-foot plant opened in 2008 to serve the defense industry. Some of the products it manufactures are for various systems installed in military vehicles that are currently used in Iraq and Afghanistan. “For example, we manufacture the cables that interconnect headsets the soldiers wear to the radios within the vehicle,” Di Vila notes. “Even systems the soldiers may carry on a backpack, we’ll manufacture the cabling to hold all that together.”
Cable on the Line
Approximately 15 years ago, the company solved a problem for an automotive manufacturer – a robotic cable on a piece of manufacturing equipment was breaking too frequently. “Our customer had to shut the line down and replace the cable several times a day, losing valuable production time,” Di Vila relates.
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Freudenberg Household Products
O.K. Foods Inc.
Packaging Progressions Inc.
Burr Oak Tool Inc.
Patriot Forge Co.
Aseptic Solutions USA
Comex Group/Frazee Paint
Fabrica Fine Carpet and Rugs
Peerless Mfg. Co.
R.F. Hunter Co.
Advanced Fiber Technologies
Behringer Saws Inc.
Berger Paints – Trinidad Ltd.
DBS Manufacturing Inc.
Fisher Tank Co.
Hess Industries Inc.
New England Ropes
SET Enterprises Inc.
Total Electronics LLC
Weinbrenner Shoe Co.
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