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Curtiss-Wright Selects Zentech and Expands Secure Manufacturing Capabilities for Sensitive U.S. DodD Aerospace & Defense Programs
March 17, 2017, Ashburn, VA

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced that it has expanded its secure manufacturing capabilities for sensitive U.S. DoD aerospace and defense programs by contracting with Zentech Manufacturing, a premier electronics contract manufacturing company. The addition of Zentech to Defense Solutions’ existing breadth of captive manufacturing capabilities and roster of U.S.-based contract manufacturers further strengthens Curtiss-Wright’s ability to address sensitive program requirements and U.S. Government programmatics. Curtiss-Wright’s TrustedCOTS™ capabilities satisfy the most demanding U.S. DoD Information Assurance requirements with the latest technologies supporting cybersecurity, critical program data, and intellectual property protection for critical deployed applications.

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Zentech Manufacturing Adds Advanced Clean Room Capability
February 7, 2017, Baltimore, MD

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., in support of a major customer engagement in the Homeland Security market segment, is pleased to announce the addition of a sub-Class 5 Clean Room operating environment. This facility addition, located in Zentech’s Baltimore location, will be utilized for final assembly processes of precision optics to support leading-edge biometric technologies for a wide range of government and commercial applications, as well as for mainstream Physical Identity Access Management (PIAM) applications.

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Colonial Assembly and Design Earns Trusted Source Status
January 17, 2017, Fredericksburg, VA

IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML), meeting Class 3 requirements, to Colonial Assembly and Design, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zentech Manufacturing. Following an initial audit by IPC, Colonial Assembly and Design, LLC joins Zentech as one of the less than ten U.S. trusted sources and suppliers meeting the stringent requirements of the Qualified Manufacturing Listing 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.

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Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Acquires Interconnect Design Solutions, LLC
September 21, 2016

Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce the acquisition of Interconnect Design Solutions, LLC. (IDS).
The addition of IDS and their experienced design engineering team to the Zentech portfolio adds significantly to Zentech’s already comprehensive Engineering Services capabilities, which now includes: OrCAD, Autocad, PADS, Altium, Cadence Allegro and Mentor Expedition for PCB layout; Pro Engineer, Solid Works, Rhinoceros and 3D Scan for mechanical engineering; Signal Integrity, Thermal Analysis and complete DfX capabilities.
Related to the transaction, Mike Brown joins the Zentech team as Vice-President of Engineering Services.

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Zentech Adds Seica Pilot 4D V8 Flying Probe Electrical Testing Capability
September 12, 2016

Zentech Adds Seica Pilot 4D V8 Flying Probe Electrical Testing CapabilityZentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce the addition of the Seica Pilot 4D V8 Flying Probe Test System. The Seica Pilot 4D V8 represents the latest frontier in flying probe test technology. It is the complete solution for maximum performance, combining the highest test speed, low to medium volume capability with enhanced test coverage and flexibility. The system is equally adept at both prototyping and production volumes and its vertical architecture is the optimum solution for probing both sides of the PCBA simultaneously.

Click to see the Seica Pilot 4D V8 video

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Colonial Assembly and Design, LLC Receives a United States Navy Contract Award
September 14, 2016

Colonial Assembly and Design, LLC. (Fredericksburg, Va.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. (Baltimore, Md.) has received a United States Navy contract award in the amount of $37,191,138.00. The contract is a firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for providing design and fabrication, rapid prototyping, and technology integration related to circuit board design and radio frequency (RF) distribution assemblies, synthetic rope assemblies, mechanical fabrication, and fabric assemblies.

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IPC Announces Manufacturing Day 2016 Hosted by Zentech Manufacturing
August 30, 2016 | IPC

Manufacturing Day 2016 is a chance to celebrate the industry and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2015, more than 400,000 people attended 1,700 events across the country. Don’t miss the opportunity to join the growing list of companies planning to celebrate this year on October 7, 2016.

IPC member company Zentech Manufacturing Inc. participates annually in Manufacturing Day by hosting local electronics technology students, provides tours of their facility, and has had the highlighted success of a keynote address from Ambassador Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative.

"Zentech is pleased to once again be involved with National Manufacturing Day and we applaud IPC's co-sponsorship of this event. Celebrating and ensuring our existing and future pipeline of skilled workers is critical to maintaining an innovative and productive U.S. economy. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education is key to developing a workforce matched to the needs of industry. Zentech works closely with nearby colleges and technical schools to promote STEM and give students a view into advanced manufacturing taking place in their own backyards. National Manufacturing Day helps promote these efforts," said Matt Turpin, president and CEO, Zentech Manufacturing, Inc.

If you’re interested, but not sure how to get involved, please view IPC’s Manufacturing Day 2016 website for event ideas, a social media toolkit, and more.

If you have any questions or need assistance with planning your own event, please contact Julie Desisto at or +1 202-661-8093.

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Industry Undergoes Major Change: Manufacturing isn't "sweaty, repetitive work anymore"
Posted: Sunday, July 31, 2016 By LINDLEY ESTES THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Manufacturing isn’t what it used to be. As local companies are adapting to new techniques of producing goods, the region is looking at how to attract more advanced manufacturing firms and provide a ready workforce.

Colonial Assembly & Design, founded locally in 1982 at 3361 Shannon Airport Circle in Spotsylvania County, was acquired by ZenTech of Baltimore in April 2015.

“It’s a beautiful business,” said ZenTech president Matt Turpin. He said among the reasons ZenTech acquired the business is the region’s “agile and experienced workforce. There were key people located here and we are very happy with the workforce to draw from... In fact, employees commute 45 minutes to an hour to work in Fredericksburg at Colonial. “

He said being near clients in Dahlgren is important, as well.

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Major EMS Contract Awards to Zentech from Medical and UAV Sectors During Q2

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. (Baltimore, Md.) is pleased to announce multi-million-dollar contract awards during Q2 from several key market sectors.

Contracts were received to provide sophisticated circuit card assemblies in support of two major UAV platforms for a West Coast based military OEM.

In the medical sector, two separate medical OEM customers placed high-volume contracts with Zentech for turnkey medical electronics devices.

Zentech is one of the most highly certified electronics contract manufacturers in the U.S., holding IPC Validation Service certifications for IPC-A-610 Class 3 Trusted Source QML and IPC J-STD 001 with Space certifications.

For the medical sector, Zentech is ISO 13485 certified and that cert is accompanied by accreditation as an FDA Certified Medical Device Manufacturing facility.

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Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. Awarded Prime SeaPort-e Contract by U.S. Navy

Zentech awarded prime SeaPort-e ContractZentech Manufacturing, Inc. (Baltimore, Md.) today announces their receipt of Prime contract N00178-16-D-9124 from the U.S. Navy for the SeaPort-e contract vehicle. SeaPort-e is the Navy's electronic platform for acquiring support services in 22 functional areas including Engineering, System Engineering, Process Engineering, Electro-mechanical prototyping / pre-production and Program Management.

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Zentech's CEO Matt Turpin and VP John Vaughan during a preliminary meeting at IPC IMPACT.Veteran IMPACT Washington, D.C. Attendee Matt Turpin on the Events Benefits—SMT Magazine
I made contact with Matt Turpin, CEO of Zentech, before the first evening’s dinner. We sat down to discuss what he hoped to gain by attending the event.

Patty Goldman: Matt, I’d like to know what your expectations are of this meeting.

Matt Turpin: The IPC does this every year, and I’ve been here the last five years for IPC. It’s a great opportunity for the IPC and members of the IPC to meet with their local officials on Capitol Hill as well as other people on Capitol Hill and kind of deliver the message of what’s important to IPC and the IPC vendor, whether it’s in terms of RoHS compliance or conflict minerals, etc. This year it’s Defense Department labor regulations and things like that. It’s a good way for IPC to get its point across and to influence what happens on Capitol Hill. Goldman: How has that worked in the past? ....

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SMTA Capital Chapter to Present Tutorial Program at Zentech Manufacturing
The SMTA Capital Chapter will welcome Martin K. Anselm, Ph.D., of the Rochester Institute of Technology, on June 2, 2016. Anselm will present a tutorial on SMT principles at Zentech Manufacturing's facility in Baltimore, Maryland. The tutorial is scheduled from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and includes lunch and a tour.

As Zentech is an ITAR facility only US citizens can participate in the tour. This tutorial is designed for those involved in printed board design, bare board fabrication, SMT assembly, quality control, materials purchasing, and reliability testing. New this year! Get a $20 EARLY BIRD discount on regular member and non-member registrations if registration is completed by midnight on April 30, 2016. Registration is required for this learning event.

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Zentech's Matt Turpin Recognized as IPC Rising Star at APEX
Matt Turpin, Zentech President and CEO receives IPC's Rising Stars Award at APEX from John Mitchell, President of IPC.Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce that our CEO and President, Matt Turpin, was named as one the electronics industry's Rising Stars by the IPC at the recent APEX event in Las Vegas.

In presenting the award, Mr. John Mitchell (right), President and CEO of the IPC, noted Matt's contributions to the Government Relations Steering Committee, his participation in the IPC's annual Government Relations IMPACT event in Washington, D.C., to discuss industry issues with legislators, hosting Congressman Chris Van Hollen at Zentech's manufacturing facility in Baltimore and leading the company's pursuit of the first ever qualified manufacturer listing to the IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum and IPC J-STD-001 AND IPC-A-610 QML under IPC's Validation Services Program.

To view the entire IPC Press Release, click here.

To view Matt Turpin's Real Time with IPC interview at APEX 2016, click here.

For a wide ranging interview with him on the electronics industry in general (by Barry Matties, publisher of SMT 007 and Mil-Aero 007 magazines), click here.

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Zentech Manufacturing Recognized as Top Ten EMS Provider
Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce that VentureOutsource has recognized Zentech as a Top Ten EMS provider in the Northeast United States.

The criteria for the selection process included: Depth and scope of management team; Technology capability; Manufacturing quality; Responsiveness to changes in industry; Value as it relates to pricing.

The selection is especially gratifying as the 2015 survey was industry peer-driven; the more often a provider company's name was mentioned by industry peers (respondents employed by other providers) the higher the provider ranked.

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Jerry Pixley CA&DRoland Murphy, Founder of Colonial Assembly and Design Memorialized

Mr. Roland Murphy (5/11/37 – 1/27/14), the founder of Colonial Assembly and Design (CA&D) , was memorialized during a bronze plaque presentation at CA&D’s annual Holiday Dinner held at the Olde Town Steak and Seafood Restaurant in Fredericksburg on December 17th, 2015.

Founded in 1982, CA&D was successfully guided by Mr. Murphy over the years to become a premiere provider of advanced technology electronics in support of the U.S. Navy, U.S Army, Department of Justice and many military primes. Following his passing, CA&D was acquired by Zentech Manufacturing in April 2015 and operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zentech.

Upon presentation, Mr. Matt Turpin, CEO and President of both CA&D and Zentech commented, “Roland built a very successful business and was greatly admired by both his employees and his customers. The very strong employee team developed by him at CA&D was a primary factor in our decision to acquire the business. We look forward to continued success and growing the business while building upon the tremendous reputation CA&D enjoys in the marketplace.” The Memorial Plaque will be forever displayed in the lobby of Colonial Assembly and Design in Fredericksburg, Va.

ZenPRO Announced by Zentech Manufacturing / Colonial Assembly & Design
May 11, 2015 — In response to market demands, and building upon the synergies created by Zentech Manufacturing’s acquisition of Colonial Assembly & Design last month, we are pleased to announce the offering of our ZenPRO service model.

ZenProPrototypes and Rapid Orders — our customer’s innovation centers demand them to support their accelerated time-to-market requirements and new design initiatives — and the ZenPRO team is prepared to deliver.
The ZenPRO service offering is available now and includes rapid delivery of:

  • Circuit design and layout
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Machining
  • Quick turn bare PCB’s (through our dual AVL) for all PCB technologies
  • Full turnkey component supply chain management
  • SMT and Through-hole Assembly
  • Cable assemblies / wire harnesses
  • Conformal coat, underfill, bonding
  • Unit level integration and test

ZenPRO - Prototypes and Rapid Orders, technology transfer and lessons learned are transferred to LRIP and production stages, quality levels available from ISO 9000, AS 9100, ISO 13485 to IPC Class 3 Trusted Source to IPC J-STD-001 with Space certification.

Quote turns in as little as 24 hours and product builds in 3-5 days.
We look forward to enabling your success and innovation!

Team ZenPro

Jerry Pixley CA&DJerry Pixley Celebrates 30 Years with CA&D
April 28, 2015  — The entire staff of Colonial Assembly joined Jerry's family in this milestone.Steve Osborn, Engineering Manager, presented Jerry a plaque acknowledging his contributions to the organization.




Zentech Manufacturing Acquires Colonial Assembly and Design
April 28, 2015  —Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., the mid-Atlantic region’s premiere provider of electronics contract manufacturing services, continues the execution of their growth strategy with today’s announcement of the acquisition of Colonial Assembly & Design (CA&D). Located in Fredericksburg, Va., Colonial Assembly & Design has a thirty-year legacy of outstanding performance as a prime contractor for electronics systems design and manufacturing for the Department of Defense and in the commercial aviation sectors.

The acquisition provides tremendous synergy with Zentech’s established customer set in the DOD and military C4ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) sectors while also providing enhanced engineering, product design, circuit design, machining, over-molded cable assembly and wire harnessing capabilities to the Zentech portfolio.

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Zentech’s Matt Turpin Appointed to IPC’s Government Relations Steering Committee
March 3, 2015  —Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce that CEO and President, Mr. Matt Turpin, was appointed to the IPC Government Relations Steering Committee at the IPC Annual Meeting (APEX) last week in San Diego, CA.

The IPC Government Relations (GR) Steering Committee works to further IPC members' interests by advocating for policies that foster economic growth and job creation and to enhance the international competitiveness of the electronic interconnection industry. The Committee addresses the range of issues that affect IPC member companies, such as: technology policy supporting electronic interconnection research and development, environmental initiatives that support science-based environmental protection, smart regulatory reform and other issues as determined by Committee members.

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Don Schroeder Zentech ManufacturingJay Colognori to lead Zentech’s Mil-Aero and Space Market Initiative
December 12, 2014 —Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce that Jay Colognori has joined the Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. team as Director, Business Development / Mil-Aero and Space Markets.

Mr. Colognori is widely respected in the Mid-Atlantic market and beyond for driving innovative engineering solutions to solve the most challenging of printed circuit board requirements. His prior positions include Sales Engineer-Strategic Account roles with both DDI and Viasystems.

His primary responsibility will be leading Zentech’s growth initiatives in the Mil-Aero and Space markets nationwide and leveraging Zentech’s position as the first electronics contract manufacturer certified to the IPC J-STD 001 Space Addendum Qualified Manufacturer List (QML).

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Don Schroeder Zentech ManufacturingDon Schroeder Joins Zentech Manufacturing Board of Directors
November 18, 2014—Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce the appointment of Don Schroeder to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Schroeder, the former Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of CTS Corporation and the President of the CTS Electronics Manufacturing Solutions business unit brings a wealth of experience across all disciplines within the electronics industry to the Zentech board.

In addition to guiding CTS through their growth and acquisitions, Don has chaired numerous advanced electronics packaging conferences, including Electro, IMAPS, NEPCON and SMTA.  In addition Don also chaired the Executive Marketing and Technology Committee for the IPC.

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John Vaughan Zentech ManufacturingJohn Vaughan joins Zentech Manufactuing as Vice President of Sales and Marketing
October 16, 2014—Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce today that John Vaughan, a recognized subject matter expert (SME) in the military C4ISR electronics sector, joins the Zentech senior management team in an equity position as their VP of Sales and Marketing.

In his new role, Vaughan is responsible for all business development, market strategies and related activities across all business sectors for Zentech, to include the successful integration of customer relationships obtained through pending acquisitions into the Zentech portfolio.

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Shane Whiteside joins Zentech Manufacturing Board of Directors
Shane Whiteside Zentech ManufacturingOctober 16, 20144—Zentech Manufacturing is pleased to announce today the appointment of Shane Whiteside to their Board of Directors. Mr. Whiteside has been a driving force in the electronics industry for several decades, most visibly as the (former) Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of TTM Technologies.

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