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Zentech Hires CFO Jason Glass

Posted by Stephanie Austin on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 06:07 AM

Baltimore MD. January 22, 2020Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Jason Glass has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Senior Leadership Team as Chief Financial Officer.

Jason has over twenty years of financial and operational experience in the Tier 1 EMS sector, most recently serving as VP of Finance and Corporate Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A).  Prior to EMS, Jason served in several financial roles with Lockheed Martin and Unisys.

His primary responsibilities will include analysis of acquisition opportunities, integration of acquired businesses, managing the financial planning and analysis for the corporation, strategic planning, annual operating plan creation, forecasting and variance analysis.

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Topics: Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer

Zentech Manufacturing Acquires Trilogy Circuits

Posted by Stephanie Austin on Tue, Jan 21, 2020 @ 01:16 PM

Zentech accelerates effort and strategy to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries

Baltimore, MD. January 21, 2020 – Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., is pleased to announce the acquisition of Trilogy Circuits, LLC.

Trilogy Circuits, LLC , based in Richardson, TX., is AS9100D certified and has a near twenty-year legacy of providing exemplary high-technology electronics manufacturing services (EMS), products and support to the many military primes and other high-reliability industries, both in Texas and nationwide.

Following the transaction, Trilogy Circuits, LLC. will become Zentech Dallas (TX), and joins the Zentech family of companies that also includes Zentech Baltimore (MD) and Zentech Fredericksburg (VA).

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Topics: Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer

Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report

Posted by Stephanie Austin on Thu, Nov 07, 2019 @ 12:30 PM

Future Electronics recently released the Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Avnet Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 10:44 AM

Avnet recently released the Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Topics: SMT Assembly, Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer, electronics supply chain

Program Management - the Key to Success

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Fri, Aug 09, 2019 @ 10:56 AM

Exceptional program management is the key to a successful relationship between customer and Contract Manufacturer.  

Zentech is qualified to ensure sustained high-quality program performance due to our experience and knowledge of planning, change management, quality management, staffing, and reporting requirements. We have an exceptional track record of applying recognized best practices that exceed our clients’ expectations.

Zentech's approach to program management is guided by our established project management process, as well as the PMI and PMBOK disciplines. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of our management team enable us to successfully oversee and track the technical performance of each program activity, including cost and schedule, in order to avoid delays and quickly resolve issues.

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IPC Invites Zentech to White House Event

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Fri, Aug 02, 2019 @ 02:45 PM

The Trump administration is praising IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® and several of its member companies for their efforts to expand the skilled workforce.  

On July 25, an IPC group took part in a White House event marking the first anniversary of President Trump’s Executive Order to develop a national strategy to expand the skilled workforce. The event took stock of the progress made under that executive order and the related Pledge to America’s Workers, which called on private sector companies to step up their workforce upskilling efforts.

IPC responded to the President’s challenge by reviewing its education programs and seeking ways to grow and innovate. As a result, IPC last October joined in the pledge and made a commitment to create 1 million new skilled workforce opportunities over five years. Since then, IPC has made unprecedented, multi-million-dollar investments in its already-extensive educational programs, including trainings and valuable certifications for adult workers; new university chapters and electronics courses; new curricula and outreach aimed at students in middle and high school; and establishing the IPC Education Foundation, which prepares students for rewarding careers by supplying learning opportunities focused on electronics manufacturing and improving the perception of manufacturing as a stable and well-paid sector.

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Topics: SMT Assembly, Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer, electronics supply chain

Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 07:10 AM

Future Electronics recently released the Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.

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Topics: Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer, electronics supply chain

Vote for John Vaughan (Zentech) for SMTA Board

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 01:25 PM

Zentech is proud to announce that our very own John Vaughan is a nominee for the SMTA Board of Directors!

Four SMTA director positions will be filled for the term 2019 – 2022. We would like to encourage you to review the candidates now!

SMTA Members Vote Here!

Voting ends soon and your participation will help shape the future of the SMTA and the electronics industry.

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PCB Chat Interviews Zentech CEO Steve Pudles

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Thu, Jun 27, 2019 @ 10:15 AM

Mike Buetow of PCB Chat talks to Steve Pudles about the recent acquisition of Zentech Manufacturing Inc. by BlackBern Partners LLC. Steve, also an investor in Zentech, is the CEO of the new organization and discusses both the transaction and the company's forward plans.

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Incoming CEO Steve Pudles on the Acquisition of Zentech

Posted by Stephanie Weaver on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 12:03 PM

Nolan Johnson of iConnect007 talks to Steve Pudles about the recent acquisition of Zentech Manufacturing Inc. by BlackBern Partners LLC and Zentech management. Steve, also an investor in Zentech, steps in as the incoming CEO of the new organization and discusses the deal, his new role, changes to management, and the company's plans post-sale.

Nolan Johnson: Congratulations on the acquisition of Zentech and your new role. What is your plan moving forward as CEO?

Steve Pudles: The company will continue to be flexible, responsive, and all the things that we learned in diligence that impressed us and confirmed that we were acquiring a first-class company. Nothing is anticipated to change in that respect. The only changes long term will be to take all of the things the company does well, look at some of the systems and tools that we deploy, and attempt to improve the automation levels of data transfers, scheduling, manufacturing executions, software, better usage of some of the ERP tools. We want to give customers a marked improvement on what they already like.     

Johnson: Overall, you’re working on creating a tighter, more optimized manufacturing flow to give more options to your customers.

Pudles: The thing that’s important is that during diligence, we discovered that the customers had nothing but positive things to say regarding the performance of the company in the view of the customers. When you talk about optimizing, we’re going to improve and put things in place that are going to allow us to be more productive, but all it’s going to be is accelerating and advancing the things that are already being done well; I’m just going to make them be done well better (laughs).

Also, this is not a turnaround or a fire sale. This was a solid transaction that allowed BlackBern Partners and me to get involved in a company that is an outstanding base to both organically grow and geographically expand within the mil/aero and medical markets. We anticipate keeping the company focused on the markets that they’ve done well in, including high-reliability mil/aero and medical. We would like to put in more of that here in Baltimore and Virginia and expand with other key, strategic acquisitions as we identify them.

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Topics: Maryland PCB assembly, electronics manufacturer, electronics supply chain