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VCC buys Wilbrecht LEDCO enhancing LED indicator line

October 23, 2018  

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Visual Communications Company (VCC) announced that it has purchased St Paul, Minn.-based electronic components manufacturer Wilbrecht LEDCO, Inc.

“We are excited to add LEDCO and its innovative products to our lineup,” said Andrew Zanelli, president and CEO of VCC. “The VCC team has gained significant new ground this year, and we are on track to deliver 40 per cent top-line growth. This acquisition is a huge win for VCC and our customers — one of many this year!”

The addition of LEDCO’s products presents a significant opportunity for VCC’s customers, especially in the mission-critical industrial and military markets, according to the company press release. LEDCO’s LED indicators meet the highest quality standards for consistent uniformity, including RoHS compliant components.

Most notable is the addition of night vision compatible panel mount LEDs, which are rated IP66 for rugged and reliable operation. These LEDs are ideal for a range of applications, including aircraft avionics, as well as communications and military equipment.

In another exciting line expansion, VCC will offer several high-voltage LED indicators to support the industrial environment. New LED series will soon become available to customers, with voltages ranging from 120 to 240.

This new acquisition is expected to create a ripple effect of product line expansions, from long-body LED indicators that will fit thick panels to sealed indicators with high IP ratings, and many more.

Founded in 1956 as Wilbrecht Electronics Inc., the company got its start by providing the hearing aid industry with the world’s smallest precision potentiometers and switches. As the business grew, it shifted into other markets, eventually gaining leadership in illuminated components through cutting- edge technology used by NASA and the military.

Customers and distributors will be notified of new products resulting from this acquisition as they become available.

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