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Electronic Design and Manufacturing held a groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 22 to mark the commencement of construction on an 11,400 sq. ft. expansion of its manufacturing facility. The project is scheduled to be completed in Q1 2023.
EDM is investing in this expansion as part of a long-term business strategy to support growth in its existing customer business, as well as increase its capacity to support new customers wishing to onshore their outsourced electronics manufacturing.
“We are seeing increased requirements for subassembly and complete product build and this expansion will ensure we have enough space to accommodate that growth. Additionally, this will increase our ability to store the raw materials and finished goods our customers require,” said Georgeann Snead, president and CEO.
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