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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 was created.

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.

 

 
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