Guardian Manufacturing Solutions can trace its roots
back to over twenty years ago when Newco Safety Tel
was founded as a manufacturer of explosion proof and
industrial telephones and its largest client was
then called Northern Telecom.
In the early ninety’s Newco Safety Tel expanded
the product line of industrial telephones and became
Guardian Telecom Inc. – a name chosen to reflect the
view that we were a guardian ensuring our customers
could communicate safely in hazardous and industrial
areas, when needed, where needed.
At the same time the relationship with Northern
Telecom was growing and would evolve into the
delivery of contract manufacturing services.
Northern Telecom had recognized Guardian’s
commitment to their customers and the quality of the
electronics they were producing.
Initially, Guardian populated heatsinks that were
provided in kits. As time progressed we started
providing full turnkey services on heatsinks.
Delivery of these products would transition from
Nortel to BrockTel to Solectron and Sanmina. Some
manufacturing of these heatsinks continues today.
Our introduction and commitment to the world of
contract manufacturing led to a decision in the mid
90’s to acquire SMT equipment and delivery of a full
range of electronic contract manufacturing services.
We started with one small SMT machine, a second-hand
wave solder machine, and a team of dedicated people.
The continuous learning process and our investment
in technology excellence began. Growth was modest in
the early days as we worked hard to establish
ourselves in the market place. The internal view has
always been that our clients are partners and time
needs to be spent building and cementing the
relationship. Many of those clients from the early
days continue with us today – together we have
experienced continued growth and success.
In 2000 the high-tech bubble had burst, and
electronics manufacturers were faced with a new
business scenario. While some competitors were
forced to shrink operations, move their plants or
close shop, Guardian took a measured risk and
invested in additional equipment. Guardian now had a
second full SMT line in place resulting in increased
capacity and output.
Greater demands on the electronics manufacturing
area of our business continued and set the stage for
the company’s continued successful growth. With less
then 10 percent of electronic manufacturing being
produced for Guardian Telecom Inc. products,
management decided to form a separate division that
reflected our close and responsive ties with outside
clients. In 2002 Guardian Manufacturing Solutions
With the steady success and the growth of both
Guardian Manufacturing Solutions and Guardian
Telecom Inc., the organization had outgrown its
space. In November 2004 we opened our new 2044 m˛
(22,000 sq. ft.) manufacturing facility, built
specifically for continuous flow manufacturing.
We know turnaround times are critically important to
our customers – continuing to improve our
efficiencies means we can continue to meet or exceed
our delivery commitments. 2005 saw the addition of a
new high-speed Siemens line, a new reflow oven
capable of running lead-free boards, a BGA X-RAY and
re-work station and a new wave solder machine.
Since 1986 the changes to our products, services,
and organization have been great. Our successes and
the relationships we form with our valued clients
are due to our people.