SEYMOUR - Microboard Processing Inc., a woman-owned manufacturer in Seymour, has been recognized by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy as the featured “Monday Manufacturer” on his website.
Craig Hoekenga founded MPI in Stratford in 1983. Twelve years later, he relocated the company to a 60,000-square-foot facility in the Silvermine Industrial Park in Seymour. Today, Hoekenga’s three children own the business, with daughter Nicole Russo as president and chief executive officer.
MPI provides electronic manufacturing services to customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense, in the aerospace, medical, defense, telecom and industrial fields. Some of MPI’s products include defibrillators, radar systems for helicopters, weapons elevators and GPS landing systems for aircraft carriers, periscope detection systems and high speed telecom adapters.
In the last several years, MPI has grown its revenue, expanded the size of its workforce, and purchased new equipment. In December 2015, the company employed 89 full-time workers. Today, there are 104 full-time workers and 16 part-time workers.
MPI recently invested approximately $8 million in new equipment and software to offer its clients advanced services. With the help of a grant through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Small Business Express Program, MPI installed new LED lighting, replaced the ceilings in its facility, renovated the building exterior and purchased sophisticated 5D X-ray equipment.
“MPI is one of the many family-owned manufacturers in our state making it possible for large Connecticut companies, like Pratt & Whitney, Electric Boat and Sikorsky, to deliver the highest quality products,” said Murphy. “Every day, MPI manufactures the critical parts that save lives and help make our military the most advanced and powerful in the world.”
Russo, who was selected as a “Woman of Innovation” by the Connecticut Technology Council in 2015, is proud of the company’s stature.
“Without the innovative programs that the State of Connecticut has been able to offer MPI, we are quite sure we would have had to leave Connecticut,” she said. “Recent developments with Sikorsky and Electric Boat should be a blessing to many companies such as ours here in Connecticut.”
Murphy said the manufacturing industry plays a crucial role throughout Connecticut, creating new jobs and accelerating the state’s economic recovery. Today, Connecticut’s 4,600 manufacturers account for 10 percent of the state’s jobs and 87 percent of the state’s total exports. In order to protect and grow manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, Murphy has introduced two pieces of legislation that aim to strengthen existing standards and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods, the 21st Century Buy American Act and the American Jobs Matter Act.