Swiss-owned supplier to solar, power industries moves into 42,000sf in Windsor
[caption id="attachment_34633" align="alignleft" width="313" caption="Ernie Ueng, automated operations supervisor with Multi-Contact USA, inspects pins and sockets for solar connector cables being produced at the company's Windsor manufacturing center."][/caption]
WINDSOR -- Multi-Contact USA is rapidly expanding its manufacturing capabilities here to produce a greater percentage of standard and custom products in North America. Today some 75 percent of MC-USA's output is standard products, while 25 percent is devoted to custom solutions.
The company currently satisfies 70 percent of worldwide demand for solar connectors, producing more than 400,000 pin and socket connectors each month in Windsor for its MC3 and MC4 solutions that link solar panels to junction boxes and power converters.
During 2011, MC-USA plans to add 10 more standard products currently made in Europe to diversify its manufacturing line in the U.S.
The firm's 100 Market St. location in Windsor is the U.S. headquarters for Multi-Contact AG, a Basel, Switzerland-based global leader in advanced electrical connectors and contact systems known for precision engineering and production processes.
In the past three years, Multi-Contact AG has decentralized manufacturing so that one third of its products are now made on each of three continents -- North America, Europe and Asia. Each region specializes in fulfilling demand within its territory, with supply centers close to customers and markets. It balances its prices globally to keep one region from overshadowing another.
"In the U.S., we are focusing on two important areas," according to Ceebee Thompson, executive manager for MC-USA.
"While we are very strong in solar, our forte is high power transmission products, which are not metric-driven in the states. We want to enhance our core industrial power product line by converting specifications from metric to the U.S. standard system.
"Second, we are making a concerted effort to produce inch power forks and crimp sleeves used in energy distribution channels for large power units, turbines and transformers. We plan to have the first series ready for testing in Q3," she said.
In addition to manufacturing a family of solar connectors and industrial connectors for power transmission, Multi-Contact AG also makes contact devices for automation and robotic systems, test and measurement equipment, military applications and flash lamps used in the medical sector.
With 65 employees, including 14 field sales engineers, MC-USA is growing rapidly, evidenced by a more than 500 percent increase in revenues in less than nine years.
Due to an increasing need for space, MC-USA moved from two smaller buildings at 5560 Skylane Blvd. in Airport Business Center near Charles M. Schulz--Sonoma County Airport to occupy a single, 42,000-square-foot structure in Windsor in the first quarter of this year.
To celebrate this move and showcase its operations, MC-USA will host a public open house and ribbon cutting on July 20 from noon to 5 p.m. that will include tours of the plant.
The final tour stop will be the observation area on the second floor where visitors can view MC-USA connectors used on the 860 solar panels on the roof that generate 209 kilowatts of energy.