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ACD Doubles Capacity with Facility Expansion

May 10, 2011

Automated Circuit Design (ACD), a leading supplier to the electronics industry, recently invested in a new production floor. Building on 27 years in business, ACD is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing design and contract assembly companies in the greater southwest area of the United States. The enhanced production floor is a key step in the company’s continued expansion.

"We are delighted to learn of the recent expansion ACD, a member of both the Metroplex Technology Business Council and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, and the many new jobs that have been created as a result. Congratulations to CEO Scott Fillebrown and his team for growing this outstanding circuit board design and production company to 175 employees and being a valued part of Richardson's semiconductor industry cluster," commented Bill Sproull, CEO of the Metroplex Technology Business Council of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

ACD expanded its existing facility by 13,500 ft.2 and expanded its SMT, box build, test and repair areas. The company also increased its capacity from 95,000 to 355,000 placements per hour, and expanded from two production lines to five. Additionally, ACD doubled the warehouse, enabling it to increase each functional area of the shop floor. “This expansion gives us the foundation to meet ongoing demand with plenty of additional capacity to meet our customers’ forecasted requirements,” commented W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO.

The expansion allows ACD to be even more responsive in providing physical design, PCB manufacture, prototype, and small production assembly production, box build and logistics. The company also offers large overseas production. These are available as turnkey services. Additionally, ACD provides functional test operation and development, as well as flying probe and boundary scan test.

"We are very pleased that ACD continues to enjoy growth and success in our community," said Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel. "The company has been a tremendous corporate citizen and partner in our community, and I’m happy our city has been able to host and provide the resources and infrastructure needed to help continue their story of success."

As part of the company's continual expansion efforts, ACD plans to grow its test and development department, which will result in an increased number of jobs manufactured offshore. "Another area that we anticipate robust growth is turnkey work, from design through final box build and logistics. To enable us to accomplish all of these goals, we will add more equipment over the next few years," added Fillebrown.

Founded in 1984, ACD’s services comprise complete board layout services, ATE engineering services, DFM/DFA capability, printed circuit fabrication, component procurement, SMT and thru-hole mixed technology assembly, box build, rework, X-Ray, flying probe and functional test, and development.

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