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MC Assembly Intros New Environmental InitiativesOctober 28, 2016 | MC Assembly
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EMS providers MC Assembly and its employees are giving back to the communities they serve by participating in environmental initiatives across the country this fall.
It’s the latest example of how the Florida-based electronics manufacturer is putting the environment front and center, focusing on ways to preserve and protect the country’s natural habitats.
Jake Kulp, MC Assembly’s vice president of New Business Development, regularly volunteers to help preserve Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, cleaning up litter along the Desert Foothill Drive in Arizona.
The Sonoran Desert is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse desert environments in the world and home to many species of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and even fish. Most notably, it contains more than 2,000 native species of rare plants and is the only place in the world where the famous saguaro cactus grows. It covers about 100,000 square miles along Arizona, California and Mexico.
In 1963, the more than six-mile long Desert Foothills Scenic Drive was established in Scottsdale to preserve the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert against expanding development. Today, it’s a landmark on the front line efforts to preserve the local environment. Several times a year, volunteers from “Friends of the Desert” meet on weekends to patrol the scenic drive to remove trash deposited by passing vehicles.
“It’s a beautiful stretch of land and one that we feel very passionate about preserving,” Kulp said.
That passion for the environment is a central theme for MC Assembly. At the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, employees also regularly volunteer to patrol the seashore to remove litter that has washed up on the beach.
And while the company’s employees work throughout the week to create many of the nation’s leading electronic components, the company still manages to keep one eye on nature.
The company is reducing its annual water consumption by more than 74 percent at its Melbourne manufacturing facility, thanks to its new Closed Loop Process Water Recycling System.
Using a system of holding tanks to store the water, the company is able to reuse the water for non-potable needs in its production equipment, constantly monitoring the parts per million (PPM) of the water. Once the water is deemed non-usable for the company’s production equipment, it is diverted to another tank onsite for use in the building’s toilets.
In all, the system saves more than 3 million gallons of water each year, Kulp said.
“We certainly can’t fix all of our environmental problems overnight,” Kulp said. “But it’s our hope that our initiatives inspire others to join us as we work to preserve and protect our environment."
Offering tier one EMS capabilities with a mid-tier focus, MC Assembly currently has operations in Melbourne, Fla., Billerica, Mass. and Zacatecas, Mexico. In January, the company nearly doubled its manufacturing presence in Billerica, moving to a new 58,000-square-foot manufacturing space.
About MC Assembly
MC Assembly (http://www.mcati.com), based in Melbourne, Fla., with additional operations in Billerica, Mass., and Zacatecas, Mexico, is a national leader in the contract manufacturing arena with annual revenues of approximately $200 million. It provides turnkey solutions to original equipment manufacturers and focuses on assembly of medium volume, medium mix printed circuit boards assemblies (PCBAs) and box builds. MC Assembly's capabilities include surface mount and pin-through-hole interconnection technologies, PCB and box build, DFM, DFT, DFA engineering, in-circuit, functional and environmental testing, and full box-build direct order fulfillment.
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