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23 12, 2017

Servatron stays on growth track

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The president of Spokane Valley-based Servatron Inc., an electronics contract manufacturer, says he expects the company to top $26 million in sales this year, which was the sales total the company reached last year.

“Based on our current trend, we fully expect that we can reach $30 million in sales by the end of 2018,” says Servatron President Tod Byers. Servatron topped $21 million in sales in 2015, he says.

To accommodate growth, the company, which turned 17 on May 15, recently secured another 13,000-square-feet of leased space at 12825 E. Mirabeau Parkway, giving Servatron a total of 70,000 square feet of space there for its operations.

A spinoff of Liberty Lake-based Itron Inc., Servatron began with 78 employees and one customer. The company now has almost 170 employees, up from 150 just a year and a half ago, and more than 40 customers around the world. Byers expects Servatron to hire at least a half-dozen more employees before the end of the year.

The demand to meet production deadlines has forced Servatron to operate two production shifts, says Tom Vietri, the company’s vice president of sales.

The main production line, which includes about 100 workers, operates weekdays, while a smaller production group of roughly 30 workers begins a shift at night and continues to the following morning.

Servatron operates on two floors. The upper level includes office space, a machine shop, and computer engineering and programming departments.

The majority of the company’s work space is located on the lower level in more than 30,000 square feet dedicated to manufacturing circuit boards and circuit cards, Byers says.

Servatron’s original niche was fulfilling orders for wireless, or more specifically, radio frequency, or RF products, for other companies. However, in the last few years, the company has started branching out in an effort to grow its customer base, Byers says.

“Our growth has been a combination of customer growth and feeding off their growth,” Byers says. “We’re busier in the last five years than we’ve ever been.”

Near the end of 2015, Servatron secured an AS9100 aerospace certification, which is a quality management standard for the aerospace industry and has become crucial for companies that want to supply into the mainstream aerospace market.

That effort helped secure a three-year contract with AvtechTyee, an Everett, Wash.,-based manufacturer of electronic systems for the aerospace industry, to test and assemble that company’s electronic circuit boards, Byers says.

AvtechTyee has developed and manufactured electronic systems for the aerospace industry for more than 40 years. It has more than 450 customers in 49 countries around the world.

And last year, Servatron secured an ISO 13485 certification that meets quality management standards for medical devices.

Servatron now has the ability to build electronic circuit boards for medical machines used at hospitals and clinics.

Servatron hasn’t stopped there, as its manufacturing customers extend well beyond the aerospace and medical sectors, Byers says.

“We’re touching a ton of different industries—Redbox and Coinstar—they’re just a few of the more prominent companies that we’re making circuitry for,” Byers says. “We’ve expanded our footprint significantly, and with that has come more attention from businesses who want to partner with us.”

“Circuit cards, circuit boards … we’re building pieces of the overall system. We’re really good at solving technology challenges in a short timeframe, and our reputation is building. We’ve positioned ourselves well across many different industries,” he says.

Vietri credits Servatron’s sales team of roughly a half-dozen representatives in Western Washington for aggressively pursuing new customers.  “They’re turning over a lot of rocks,” Vietri says of the sales staff mining for new accounts.

All component manufacturing is done here, and Byers says Servatron wants to keep it that way.

“Our goal is to expand and keep our manufacturing capabilities in Spokane,” he says.

The company has made $2.5 million in capital expenditures over the last few years, and nearly half that was focused on improving its infrastructure for what’s called surface-mount technology.

That move, says Byers, has helped engineers and technicians improve the speed and accuracy of making a circuit board and tailoring it to each customer’s individual specifications.

Surface-mount technology is a method for producing electronic circuits where components are mounted directly onto the surface of a printed circuit board. Servatron also has the ability to build printed circuit boards, or PCBs, in-house as well, Byers says.

Byers is the last of the four original founders that started the business after leaving Itron. Both he and Vietri grew up in Moscow, Idaho, and have known each other since kindergarten.

Despite the company’s recent strong growth, the two longtime friends say there is one number that stands out to them that they believe captures the essence of Servatron as an employer.

“The average tenure of our employees is eight and a half years, and that’s across roughly 170 people,” Byers. “Our goal was to always become a destination point. And it appears as though we’re achieving that.”

26 07, 2016

Servatron Receives ISO 13485 Medical Device Certification

By | 2017-08-23T20:04:28+00:00 July 26th, 2016|News|0 Comments

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July 26, 2016
Spokane, WA

Servatron, a premier electronics manufacturing service provider, was awarded ISO 13485 certification for its Spokane, WA manufacturing facility. This certification is part of Servatron’s strategy to continue investment in making itself a valued manufacturing partner for medical device customers.

Servatron provides electronic contract manufacturing including PCBA, electro mechanical and cable assembly services. Servatron also provides value added services including conformal coating, ultra-sonic welding, test development, as well as other manufacturing services.

A key component of Servatron’s growth strategy is investing in its medical operations and client base. Receiving ISO 13485:2008 certification adds to the Company’s medical manufacturing infrastructure. Servatron is also ISO 9000 and AS9100 Aerospace certified.

Tod Byers, Servatron’s President was quoted as saying “Servatron’s commitment to achieving ISO 13485:2008 certification demonstrates our dedication to quality and continuous improvement, ensuring delivery of safe and effective medical products.” “It demonstrates our long term commitment to our customers and potential customers, as well as builds upon our ISO 9000 and AS9100 certifications to assure our customers we have the quality systems in place to control the manufacturing process from start to finish.”

1 12, 2015

Servatron enters into Strategic Manufacturing Agreement with AvtechTyee

By | 2017-08-23T20:16:30+00:00 December 1st, 2015|News|0 Comments

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December 1, 2015
Spokane, Washington

Servatron Corporation today announced a strategic manufacturing partnership with AvtechTyee, a leading manufacturer of electronic systems for the aerospace industry, to support the assembly and test development needs for AvtechTyee’s electronic assembly boards.

The agreement was established after a rigorous evaluation of Servatron’s manufacturing, test, test development, and troubleshooting capabilities to support AvtechTyee’s various complex electronic assemblies.

Jeff Hudson, Purchasing Manager commented, “AvtechTyee is thrilled with the support and workmanship Servatron has provided in building our partnership. We are excited to further expand our business with Servatron in the future.”

Tod Byers, President of Servatron commented, “Servatron is extremely pleased to have AvtechTyee as one of its customers. We have worked hard to achieve our AS9100 Aerospace certification and entering into a long term agreement with AvtechTyee validates our efforts and positions us for further opportunities within the Aerospace business segment.”

Servatron is an AS9100 registered manufacturer. AS9100 is the quality management standard for the aerospace industry and has become a necessary standard to supply into the mainstream aerospace market.

3 11, 2014

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) visit

By | 2017-10-12T19:14:11+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|News|0 Comments

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Nov. 3rd, 2014
Spokane, Washington

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) visited Spokane Valley electronic manufacturer, Servatron last week. Rep. McMorris Rodgers toured the facility, and spoke with the employees regarding the importance manufacturing in Eastern Washington as a critical source of jobs.
Servatron is an Electronic Manufacturing Service providing domestic production of PCBA, electromechanical, and cable assemblies, to a wide variety of customers. Servatron is ISO and AS9100 (Aerospace) Certified, and began operations in 2000.

10 07, 2013

SERVATRON, INC. RECEIVES AS9100 CERTIFICATION

By | 2017-08-23T20:17:42+00:00 July 10th, 2013|News|0 Comments

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July 10, 2013
Spokane, Washington

Servatron, Inc. announced today that it has received certification to the AS9100 Quality Standard for Aerospace. This standard contains the Quality Management System requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations. With AS9100 Certification, Servatron has demonstrated the capability to meet the quality standards of the aerospace industry and can enter and complete in this growing sector and expand the business.

“Servatron’s successful completion of the AS9100 certification was made possible through the diligence and hard work of our employees, said President, Tod Byers. “By receiving this certification, Servatron can be more aggressive growing the aerospace side of our business and expand our opportunities. Servatron hopes to bring more aerospace business to the Spokane area in and in-turn, contribute to the continued growth of the Spokane economy.”

About Servatron, Inc.
Servatron, Inc. is a premier electronics contract manufacturer located in Spokane Valley, WA, providing PCBA, electromechanical, repair, and cable assembly. Some of their product manufacturing expertise includes, ruggedized handhelds, medical diagnostic tools, and military equipment. Since its inception in 2000, the company has grown continually through a diverse range of industries.

2 08, 2012

SERVATRON INC. DIVERSIFIES, IS ON TRACK FOR $30 MILLION IN SALES: 8-2-2012

By | 2017-08-23T20:18:28+00:00 August 2nd, 2012|News|0 Comments

Spokane Valley-based contract manufacturer Servatron Inc., which moved into new quarters in March, is on track to boost its annual sales to $30 million as the company has diversified and added new key accounts, says President Tod Byers

That target is significantly more than last year’s total revenue of just over $20 million, and Byers attributes the higher projection to the company increasing its customer base.

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12 07, 2011

THIS TESTIMONY JUST IN: 7-12-2011

By | 2017-08-23T20:18:49+00:00 July 12th, 2011|News|0 Comments

“I was on the phone today with a contact from one of our large electric utility customers, and he went out of his way to note how well we were doing on repair service turn times.  He has been sending equipment in for service for many years and knows just how far we’ve come on handheld repairs.  His comment to me was, “It used to be that it could take 2-3 weeks to get a handheld back.  And now I’ve had times where I send a unit on Monday and get it back by Wednesday!

Kudos to the service team for doing so well on service turns!  They are really “knocking it out of the park” for us, which is great for our business and greatly appreciated.  Keep up the great work!

– Eric Agnew, Service Business Manager, Itron Inc.