As part of Douglas Electrical Components, Inc. (DECo) drive towards implementing lean, world class manufacturing operations, the company today announced the addition of Karl Thorndike, COO, to the management team. In this new role, Mr. Thorndike will have complete responsibility for all manufacturing, facilities and materials management for the company and will spear-head the implementation of the modern manufacturing philosophies throughout the organization. Karl brings over 30 years of manufacturing and operations management experience, the majority of which was spent in senior management positions, converting manufacturing companies from department based manufacturing operations to lean, cell based facilities.

Douglas Electrical Components is an ISO 9001 registered manufacturer of electrical feedthroughs, fiber optic feedthroughs, hermetically sealed connectors and cables, explosion proof wire assemblies and turn-key subassemblies for semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Major markets include automotive, power distribution and transmission, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, space simulation chambers, military/aerospace, air conditioning and refrigeration compressors, x-ray and medical equipment, and instrumentation and control systems. Over 65% of DECo's products are shipped on a just-in-time basis to demanding customers throughout the world.

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