Each month, NCET’s Tech Wednesday profiles one of Northern Nevada’s innovative entrepreneurial technologies.
When Sonny Newman spotted a Ford Fusion on his drive to work, he recognized the products created by his Reno-based high-end contract manufacturing company, EE Technologies. All of the LED lighting throughout the car—from the door handles to the glove box to the multi-colored ambient lighting—was manufactured by his company. Last year, that totaled an impressive six million car interior lights for Ford, one of several automotive clients.
EE Technologies engineers, manufactures, assembles and ships components ranging from sensors and printed circuit boards to mechanical assemblies for a range of products. In addition to automotive lighting, the company produces lumbar, suspension and bolster systems, wire forms, mechanical control cables and seating components. It also manufactures the electronics for rugged pulsed radar collision avoidance systems for heavy equipment operators. Recently it shipped 20 varieties of sensors for classroom science experiments to Kazakhstan, where every child in the country will receive one.
EE Technologies also manufactures medical devices, sophisticated food processing equipment, along with components for educational, scientific and communications devices.
“The products we manufacture are found in cars and casinos around the world,” says Newman, president of the company, which employs roughly 125 in Reno and 300 in Mexico. “No matter where you are on the globe, there is a product we have touched.”
The company’s high speed production equipment was, on a recent visit, producing card readers for casino gaming equipment. It has created toppers and lights for such machines as Sex in the City and the Wheel of Fortune.
While this may seem a bit like fun and games, the industries EE Technologies works with require consistent qualities and high standards. The company holds strict international ISO standards certification and has attained the rigorous TS certification for component tracking in the automotive industry.
Throughout the spotless 65,000 sq. ft. facility is a series of huge computer displays—part of an extensive computer system that monitors production, output, quality and performance. Tracking jobs and expenses is critical to Newman’s business, where contracts with auto manufacturers require a 3% decrease in costs per year.
Newman constructed the Reno warehouse in 2000 and added the Mexico location in 2004. He selected Reno for its proximity to logistics and access to the Bay Area.
Join NCET’s Tech Wednesday open house on May 14 for a behind-the-scenes tour of EE Technologies. Details at www.NCET.org. NCET is a member-supported nonprofit that produces business and technology events.