About SI Manufacturing’s History and Values
SI Manufacturing’s roots go back to 1953. Our present-day company is an outgrowth from a partnership between J. Ross Reed, Jr. and Clarke Reese, who met while both working at an electric coil manufacturing company. However, when their employer couldn’t handle a large project that the two men had spent years working on, Reed and Reese decided to leave and start their own business with a mission to accommodate challenging project needs such as that one.
The Roots of SI Manufacturing
The two men started manufacturing precision electronic coils in Reed’s home garage, but after only a couple of years, their manufacturing operation outgrew that suburban location. They soon relocated to a more conventional commercial building in Pasadena, California. While Reed and Reese began their business with the intent to distribute large coils, they eventually transitioned to small precision coils that were just as useful and in-demand as their larger counterparts.
Expanding Our Capabilities
While the heart of the company had always been magnetics, as Reed and Reese expanded their business, filter assembly and power assembly projects were added to the company’s capabilities. Then, as the question of where to put the manufactured power supply equipment became a common industry issue, they met that challenge as well. Ultimately, SI Manufacturing became focused on producing custom manufacturing solutions, rather than predetermined commercial products.
SI Manufacturing: Standard Industries Acquisition
When Standard Industries was acquired by the Reed and Reese team in 2000, SI Manufacturing gained their tape recorder manufacturing operation. These resources allowed SI Manufacturing to take on the biggest project they had worked on up to this point: the TSE 38. Hired to produce parts for a battlefield communication center, the company manufactured power conversion and distribution units, which gained the company a reputation within the Aerospace industry.
SI Manufacturing: Innovative Solutions
SI Manufacturing continually produces solutions using creative techniques to provide our customers with the highest quality and value. An example of our innovative strategies at work is seen in our CAT scan machine project. We were employed to produce X-Ray tubes that would be subjected to electrical pulses. These pulses often damage tubes over time, so SI’s challenge was to create tubes that would withstand an impressive 100,000 volts at 1,000 amps. Clarke Reese and Bud Reed personally worked on this project, eventually developing a new resin and producing new tooling specifically for this application. Now, over a quarter of a million of these parts have been distributed, with a customer failure rate of 0% and an internal failure rate of only .01%
Working Smarter Rather Than Harder
SI Manufacturing is strategic in our manufacturing work. Rather than stick to traditional solutions, we are constantly looking for ways to operate more efficiently. For example, an SI engineer, Ata, who had been working with the company for years, was eventually promoted to production manager where he would work with parts he had previously designed himself. As an engineer in charge of production, he was able to redesign the entire production process when he saw potential for greater efficiency. This optimization is the direct result of SI’s “work smarter not harder” value, as well as the result of trusting the instincts of our team.
SI Manufacturing: Truly a Family Business
While 50% of family businesses fail after the first generation, SI Manufacturing is still going strong well into its third generation of business. Additionally, we boast impressive longevity with our employees as well. This is a direct result of our dedication to integrity in business. Treating the company as an extension of family, our instilled values work to support our employees and create avenues of growth for team members who wish to succeed.
As a small business, our company structure not only benefits our employees, but our customers as well. When you partner with SI Manufacturing, our agility as a business sets us apart from larger competitors, as we are able to make spot-on decisions without going through a long chain of command. Discover for yourself the advantages of working with SI Manufacturing!