Spectrum Control, Inc. and its subsidiaries design, develop and manufacture custom electronic components and systems. Although our components and systems are used in many industries worldwide, our largest individual markets are military/defense and communications equipment which represented 61% and 16%, respectively, of our fiscal 2009 sales. Military/defense applications for our products include secure communications, smart weapons and munitions, countermeasures for improvised explosive devices, radar systems, military aircraft and vehicles, and missile defense systems. In communications, our products are used in numerous systems including wireless base stations, broadband switching equipment, global positioning systems, Wi-Fi, and optical networks. Other markets for our products include medical imaging equipment and instrumentation, industrial automation and controls, computers, IT hubs, and storage devices.
Our operations are currently conducted in four reportable segments: advanced specialty products (formerly referred to as signal and power integrity components); microwave components and systems; power management systems; and sensors and controls. Our Advanced Specialty Products Business designs and manufactures a broad range of products including antennas, specialty connectors, advanced ceramics, and electromagnetic interference (“EMI”) filters and interconnects. Our Microwave Components and Systems Business designs and manufactures microwave filters and components, high power amplifiers, oscillators, synthesizers, switched filter banks, and related systems and integrated assemblies. The Power Management Systems Business designs and manufactures custom AC and DC power distribution units, power outlet strips, power monitoring equipment, and our Smart Start power management systems. Our Sensors and Controls Business designs and manufactures rotary and linear precision sensors, temperature sensing probes, thermistors, resistance temperature detector sensors, and related assemblies.
Spectrum Control, Inc. (the “Parent company”) was incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1968. The Parent company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Fairview, Pennsylvania; State College, Pennsylvania; and Wesson, Mississippi. Operations in Fairview include the design and manufacture of advanced specialty products. In State College, the Parent company’s operations include the design and manufacture of power management systems. Operations in Wesson principally consist of metal fabrication manufacturing in support of our power product offerings. The Parent company’s executive offices are located in Fairview.
Spectrum Control Technology, Inc. (“Spec Tech”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Parent company. Spec Tech designs and manufactures advanced ceramic products at its state-of-the-art ceramic facility in State College, Pennsylvania. In addition to producing specialty ceramic capacitors used in the Company’s EMI filters, Spec Tech designs and manufactures other advanced ceramics including various ceramic-based antenna products and related assemblies.
Other wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Parent company include: Spectrum Microwave, Inc.; Spectrum SEI Microwave, Inc.; Spectrum FSY Microwave, Inc.; Spectrum Sensors and Controls, Inc. (CA Corp); Spectrum Sensors and Controls, Inc. (PA Corp.); Spectrum Control, GmbH; Spectrum Control de Mexico; and Spectrum Control (Hong Kong) Limited.
Spectrum Microwave, Inc. (“Spec Microwave”) and Spectrum SEI Microwave, Inc. (“SEI”) design and manufacture various radio frequency (“RF”) and microwave products. These high-end components and integrated assemblies include amplifiers, frequency mixers, filters, microelectronics, and various types of oscillators (voltage control, dielectric resonator, and digitally tuned). Currently, Spec Microwave operates facilities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Palm Bay, Florida; Marlborough and Worcester, Massachusetts; Auburn, New York; as well as a portion of our facility in State College, Pennsylvania. SEI’s operating facility is located in Delmar, Delaware.
Spectrum FSY Microwave, Inc., located in Columbia, Maryland, is primarily a design center, with limited manufacturing of certain RF and microwave products and systems. Spectrum Sensors and Controls, Inc. (CA Corp.), located in Grass Valley, California, designs and manufactures precision co-molded conductive position sensors and related assemblies. Spectrum Sensors and Controls, Inc. (PA Corp.), located in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures a broad line of custom temperature sensors including temperature sensing probes and assemblies, positive and negative temperature coefficient thermistors, and resistance temperature detector sensors and related assemblies.
Spectrum Control, GmbH, located in Schwabach, Germany, principally acts as a distributor for the Company’s advanced specialty products in the European market. Spectrum Control de Mexico, located in Juarez, Mexico, commenced operations in June 2000 as the Company’s low-cost manufacturing center for North America. Currently, this subsidiary manufactures various products for each of our four business segments for use in numerous commercial applications.
Spectrum Control (Hong Kong) Limited (“Spec HK”), currently is a holding company for our China subsidiary.
Spectrum Control Electronics (Dongguan) Co. Ltd. (“Spec China”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spec HK, located in Qiao Tou Town, China, commenced operations in 2003 as the Company’s low-cost manufacturing center for Asia. Currently, Spec China manufactures certain advanced specialty products, power management systems, and sensors and controls for various commercial customers.