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Systems manufacturer returns, opens new plant in Michigan

February 1, 2018  

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NAI, a manufacturer of global connectivity solutions for high performance systems used in the industrial technology, telecom, data and medical industries, has returned to the U.S. and opened a new factory in Gaylord, Mich.

NAI moved its manufacturing operations out of the U.S. in 2009, during the telecom market collapse. Since then, the company has built a balanced and strong portfolio of customers, products and served market segments in industrial technology, medical and telecom sectors. NAI’s return of manufacturing to the U.S. was prompted by customer requests to provide support from a U.S. location for certain products and projects.

“Our Solutions Center in Troy, Michigan, as well as our facilities in Hermosillo, Mexico, Suzhou, China and Nogales, Arizona, will provide engineering, manufacturing and logistics support to the Gaylord plant, optimizing our assets and leveraging our synergies.” stated Jon Jensen, President and CEO of NAI. “We are excited to become part of the Gaylord community.”

The new 25,000 sq. ft. Gaylord manufacturing facility will begin production in June. NAI plans to hire approximately 40 new employees this year, and reach a total of 125 in 2019.

The new plant will produce various interconnect assembly solutions, eventually including electro-mechanical assemblies such as box and panel builds. Capabilities will include injection molding (with nine large presses initially, ranging from 50 to 500 tons), sterilization and the assembly of finished goods.

The Gaylord facility will serve all three NAI customer segments: medical, industrial technology, and telecom.

NAI had considered locations in Indiana and Ohio, but chose the Michigan location due to its high concentration of engineers and other talent, supportive business climate, excellent schools and optimal logistics.  The proximity of the Gaylord plant to some of NAI’s customers, as well as to their Troy Solutions Center, was also a consideration.