IEC Electronics growth

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IEC Electronics is expanding and bringing high tech manufacturing jobs to the Rochester region.

Jeff Schlarbaum, the President and CEO of IEC Electronics, and Matt Hurlbutt, the President and CEO for Greater Rochester Enterprise, discussed what’s fueling the company’s growth and how GRE is helping companies like IEC Electronics expand Wednesday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation.

“We’re an electronic manufacturing services company,” said Schlarbaum. “At the heart of what we do, we build printed circuit board assemblies. They’re the central processing unit for any electronic device. Our customers choose to outsource their products. Many of us carry cell phones, and those are built overseas by our competitors in Asia. We build products here in the U.S.”

Schlarbaum displayed an example of one of the products manufactured by IEC Electronics. “Everyone’s familiar with the opioid epidemic that’s occurring across the country. This is a pain therapy product that’s innovated by our customer, and we built it in our factories here in Rochester.”

Innovation is fueling the grwoth at IEC Electronics. “If you think about the smart phones and other electronic products, our customers are investing in production innovation, and research and development,” noted Schlarbaum. “They’re also investing in the other side, which is the customer-care piece. In the middle is the manufacturing. Manufacturing industries, like ours, have become very mature. The trend for outsourcing has fueled a lot of the growth. In addition to what once moved over to Asian markets in China, for manufacturing, now is actually moving back to the U.S. for intellectual property protection, collapsing lead-time and improving quality.”

Schlarbaum said a wide variety of jobs are being created as a result of the company’s expansion. “When you look at a manufacturing operation such as ours with innovative products, it’s a lot of production work, inspectors, and material handlers, then also in the front office, with engineering for product optimization and process development, material acquisition and customer care.”

Hurlbutt said Greater Rochester Enterprise is able to leverage its expertise attracting business to the region when helping companies like IEC Electronics grow. “We try to create one point of contact for a company that’s looking to expand, ideally coming to the region or expanding in the area. We’re providing resources. Everything from site assistance, to connecting with local resources; anything that might be needed in order to consider expansion.”

Here’s some additional information about what it takes to get a job with IEC Electronics, or a similar business in the industry:

  • What are the types of jobs that exist in your business and/or industry?
    • Manufacturing, Engineering, Technicians, Program Management, Supply Chain, other key Professional Support Staff
  • What skills are required to work in your industry?
    • Attention to detail and ability to read and follow key work instructions.
    • Communication and team work
    • For specialized manufacturing processes, mechanical assembly skills with tools and/or soldering skills
  • What kind of education and/or degrees apply to your industry?
    • For manufacturing positions  – High School Diploma/GED
  • What qualities make a successful employee at your company/industry?
    • Attention to quality and detail. The products we manufacture for our customers are life-saving and mission critical, it is with the utmost importance that we execute each step in the manufacturing process with accuracy and efficiency.
    • Versatility and flexibility. The ability to be cross trained across a variety of roles allows for flexibility within the production environment.

To learn more about IEC Electronics, click here.

To learn more about Greater Rochester Enterprise, click here.

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