Nortech Systems Corporate History

In 2020, Nortech Systems, Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary. Our longevity is no accident — it’s a major accomplishment and testament to all our employees, customers and shareholders who believed in us and made it happen. We also credit our unwavering dedication to superior quality and outstanding service.

Starting with a single facility in northern Minnesota in 1990, Nortech Systems has expanded organically and through acquisitions. Today we are One Nortech — a cohesive family of centers of excellence, operations and shared services working cooperatively to leverage resources. Our two core objectives are helping our customers succeed and providing a quality place to work.

Nortech Systems proudly offers world-class electronics manufacturing services — from early-stage product development and engineering through production and order fulfillment. Over the years, we have responded to changing market needs by broadening and deepening our services and capabilities. Our overriding goal is to mitigate risks for our customers by delivering robust quality products and on time, helping our customers to succeed.

Nortech Systems’ Global Centers of Excellence

Maple Grove, MN: Corporate Headquarters & Medical Engineering Center of Excellence

Bemidji, MN: Wire & Cable Harness Center of Excellence

Blue Earth, MN: Defense Wire & Cable Center of Excellence

Mankato, MN: PCBA Center of Excellence

Milaca, MN: Medical Assembly Center of Excellence

Monterrey, MX: Center of Excellence for The Americas

Suzhou, CN: Center of Excellence for Asia Pacific

Nortech Systems Locations Map

Expansion through Acquisition

In 1995, Nortech Systems purchased Aerospace Systems in Fairmont, MN, which opened the possibilities to serving the unique needs of defense customers; this company’s proud legacy and operations can be traced back to 1964. The following year we acquired two established operations — Zercom Corporation in Merrifield, MN, and Intercon 1. Zercom added proven capabilities and expertise in printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs). Those capabilities have now been consolidated into the Mankato Center of Excellence. Intercon 1 offered a well-known, branded product line aimed at the growing machine vision market and has expanded production in Asia & North America.

Enhancing our service offerings in the high-growth medical market — including life-sustaining Class III devices — motivated our 2010 acquisition of Trivirix’s operations in Milaca, MN. This site’s distinguished medical pedigree traces back to 1984 when it was founded by Medtronic.

In 2011, Nortech Systems added a second PCBA operation and valuable customers by purchasing Winland Electronics’ EMS operations in Mankato, MN. Winland’s notable heritage in electronics manufacturing started in 1972.

This expansion trend was continued in 2015 with the acquisition of Devicix, LLC of Eden Prairie, MN. Devicix, a world-class product development and engineering firm for medical device applications, complements Nortech’s production-driven capabilities for Class I, II, and III regulated devices. This acquisition results in Nortech being a complete, turnkey option for medical device OEMs around the world.

Nortech stands ready.

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