On October 14th, United States Senator Susan Collins toured AMI’s production facility along with Bryan Cutchen, candidate for Maine State Senate. AMI’s CEO Greg Boyd was able to showcase a variety of high-tech products that are produced and shipped from our Winthrop operation, featuring several customers also based in Maine. “We were thrilled to have Senator Collins visit our plant and meet our employees. We’re very proud of our people and the work done here to support our customers.” Like many who tour our facility and see the sophisticated electronics produced out of a small New England town, Senator Collins’ reaction was — “Amazing!!”
AMI is now increasing it’s sponsorship of the prestigious MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. This student-run competition annually has hundreds of teams apply with pitches for new start-up businesses. Each year multiple teams will receive cash awards for their winning business plans with the Grand Prize winner taking home a $100,000 grant toward launching their business.
AMI’s sponsorship includes offering prototype assemble services to teams developing electronic products. According to Scot Story, AMI’s VP of Sales & Marketing, “AMI and MIT$100K are a great fit for one another. With AMI’s Electronic Prototyping Center in Somerville having close proximity to MIT and our offering of manufacturing services being so well-suited for startup companies it makes it a win-win for both the competing teams and AMI. These teams represent some our country’s brightest minds and exciting new businesses. AMI is pleased to be a part of this program.”
More info on the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition can be found at MIT100K.org.
May 5, 2015 — IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI), an electronics contract manufacturing company based out of Winthrop, Maine. AMI provides PCB assembly, wire harness production, and product assembly for a variety of industries. To earn the QML, AMI successfully completed an intensive audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610,Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies.
AMI met or exceeded the electronics industry’s Class 2 testing requirements for dedicated service electronic products. As a result, the company is now listed as an IPC trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. AMI and other trusted sources of suppliers can be found on IPC’s QML/QPL (Qualified Product Listing) database at www.ipcvalidation.org.
“AMI is very proud of achieving IPC validation to J-STD-001. For years, IPC standards have been AMI’s guidelines for workmanship quality,” said Kim Vandermeulen, CEO of AMI. “With this third-party validation, we can convincingly convey to AMI’s customers that the processes and workmanship employed are meeting or exceeding industry standards. AMI is pleased to achieve this milestone and establish itself on the leading edge among EMS providers in this way.”
IPC’s Validations Services QPL/QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies’ products, and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards.
“AMI has differentiated itself from the competition by becoming part of IPC’s global network of trusted industry sources,” said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. “We are pleased to recognize AMI as the newest member of trusted QML suppliers.”
AMI has just attained certification under the international AS9100 Quality Management Standard. AS9100 certification is a requirement for a manufacturer to participate in the production of aerospace products and will open the door for AMI to compete in this large electronics sector. AMI, founded in 1989 and located in Winthrop since that time, has been registered under the more generic international ISO 9001 quality standard since 1997.
AMI played host to the Winthrop Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Business After Hours September event on the shores of beautiful Lake Maranacook across from the company’s home facility. AMI staff were joined by Chamber members and enjoyed the foot-tapping sounds of the Kennebec Performing Arts Company’s Dixiemix Jazz Band and delicious food catered by Laurie Dumont of the Parsonage House. AMI’s CEO, Kim Vandermeulen, was voted in as vice-president of the Chamber; VP for Sales and Marketing, Scot Story, and VP of Program and Supply Chain Management, Greg Boyd, provided tours of the manufacturing floor to chamber members.
AMI is offering half-price assembly labor for participants of the Boston Hardware Startup Meetup event. Details here: AMI-BostonMeetupPromo. Limited-time offer through September 2014.
Portland, Maine was listed as one of the top five locations for start-up businesses by writer John Egan on the blog, The SpareFoot.
Based on data from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on entrepreneurship, Portland makes the list based on the sense of community and resources available to entrepreneurs. It’s not a surprise to us, but good to see others recognizing the opportunities here in Maine.
Kaizan, the Japanese word for “good change,” has become the name for a globally accepted method of fostering business process improvement. Under this process the workers involved in a specific business process join together to figure out better and more efficient methods.
Recently, the Final, Test and Conformal Coatings department worked with (Maine) Manufacturing Extension Partnership to identify and implement a new process that will result in streamlined production improved delivery times for customers. Another way AMI is constantly looking at ways to make things “a little better every day.”
AMI has entered a partnership to sponsor MIT’s annual $100K Entrepreneurship Competition that challenges students to design, develop and market new products and businesses in six fields: Emerging Market, Energy, Life Sciences, Mobile Products and Services and Web/IT. AMI will provide in-kind services for semi-finalists and finalists in the Launch portion of the contest starting this spring.
Now in its 24th year, the MIT $100K is a year-long forum for students and researchers in the MIT community to act on their talent, ideas and energy to launch tomorrow’s leading firms. The contest taps into a network of resources including venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, media experts and industry professionals and offers more than $350K in cash and prizes to help participants through the new venture process through three contest segments: Pitch, Accelerate and Launch.
AMI is offering its electronics manufacturing expertise to build prototype circuit card assemblies with no-cost labor for semi-finalists and finalists in the Launch segment. Additionally, AMI is covering up to $500 of material for each finalist. There are currently over 75 semi-finalists in the Launch portion that will be competing to develop and market their companies and products.
“We are pleased to partner with MIT and support the $100K contest. The participants are some of the best and brightest young innovators around,” noted Scot Story, AMI’s VP for Sales & Marketing. “With AMI’s expertise and experience in manufacturing products ranging from prototypes up to sizeable production runs, it is a perfect fit for us support these entrepreneurs that are in our backyard and to encourage innovation and grow new markets.”
More on the MIT $100K available online at: http://www.mit100k.org/.
WINTHROP, Maine – Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. (AMI) announced that it had recently increased its number of employees from 50 to 64 and began a second shift to keep up with increased demand for the company’s electronics contract manufacturing services. They have also purchased and installed additional equipment for manufacturing printed circuit board assemblies to increase their capacity in producing customers’ products that are used in a wide range of high-tech electronics.
AMI’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Scot Story, attributes the new growth to a sustained focus on diversifying their customer base and a commitment to providing exceptional customer service that meets and exceeds expectations. “We see ourselves as our customers’ partners in their businesses, whether they are start-ups or well-established companies looking for a turnkey solution for electronics manufacturing.”
The addition of a second shift and new workers is a welcome milestone for AMI, who had to reduce its workforce in 2010 when the recession pushed a major customer to pull back some of its business to its own production facility. Since that time, AMI has expanded its customer base and predicts additional growth in the near future. “We are seeing a strong shift in manufacturing back to the U.S. and a rebound in the economy, and given our location to the high-tech base in the Boston area and proximity to major east coast markets here and in Canada, we’ve have been steadily adding new customers,” noted CEO Kim Vandermeulen.
The new positions are primarily equipment operators for the circuit board assembly machines. These new employees join AMI as part of a 100% employee-owned company. “Studies, and our own experience have indicated that employee-owned companies have staff that are more committed to the bottom line, and help keep those businesses in local communities,” noted Vandermeulen. “The majority of our workers, new and old, live within about 15 miles, and we remain committed to providing good jobs for Mainers and doing business with many other Maine companies, so we can all grow stronger together.”
The new machinery provides additional automated circuit board assembly equipment, which brings added capacity and increased precision to AMI’s capabilities. Steve Martin, AMI’s vice president of manufacturing, states that, “with our focus on providing contract manufacturing services that can respond to a very diverse set of customers and products at any given time, the added machine capacity and additional shift make us even better positioned to meet the needs of low to medium volume customers.”
Founded in 1989, and 100 percent employee-owned, AMI provides a wide range of electronics manufacturing and support services to original equipment manufacturers across a diverse range of high-tech industries throughout the Northeastern U.S. and Canada.
From printed circuit board and wire harness production to product assembly, packaging and distribution, AMI’s ISO-9001 registered and UL-certified operations supply contract electronic manufacturing solutions that are custom crafted for both Fortune-1000 and start-up companies alike.
AMI’s Maine-based facilities and workforce of dedicated employee-owners enable an operation that responds and adapts quickly to customer needs for new product introduction, engineering design changes and fulfillment. AMI offers transparent, competitive pricing and builds partnerships with customers that contribute to long-term success.
The company’s work can be found worldwide in building security systems, solar energy equipment, aircraft instrumentation, industrial laser controls, LED lighting, industrial weather stations and a host of emerging products from high-tech startups. More online at: amiems.com.