March 7, 2012

Nortech Systems Reports Fourth Quarter, Fiscal 2011 Year-End Results
Annual Sales Increase 14 Percent

MINNEAPOLIS – Nortech Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: NSYS), a leading provider of full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS), today reported net sales of $29.1 million for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011, a six percent increase over net sales of $27.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $466,432, compared with $253,248 for the fourth quarter of 2010. The company reported quarterly net income of $234,783, or $0.09 per diluted common share, in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with $137,051, or $0.05 per diluted common share, for the same period of 2010.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, the company reported net sales of $114.2 million, up 14 percent from $99.8 million reported for the 2010 fiscal year. Nortech Systems reported operating income of $1.5 million for fiscal 2011, compared with $1.2 million for the 2010 fiscal year. Net income for fiscal 2011 was $1.2 million, or $0.43 per diluted common share. This includes a non-operating gain, net of tax, of $528,007, or $0.19 per diluted common share, from the January 2011 acquisition of certain assets associated with the EMS operations of Winland Electronics, Inc. For fiscal 2010, net income was $506,766, or $0.18 per diluted common share.

“Our 2011 fiscal year finished with solid momentum,” said Mike Degen, Nortech Systems’ president and CEO. “Fourth quarter results, in particular, benefited from sales attributed to our Winland acquisition, a favorable product mix and continued cost improvements in our manufacturing operations and supply chain.

“We’re pleased with the progress made in the second half of the year on the continued integration of our two most recent acquisitions,” continued Degen. “The life sciences/medical products facility is beginning to gain traction while our newest EMS contract manufacturing facility retained and expanded its customer base.”

Degen said Nortech’s organic business had mixed results in 2011. Industrial customers were impacted by softness in the semiconductor market and the sluggish economy. Medical OEM customers showed more resilience to economic pressures and Nortech’s defense-sector demand stabilized.

At the start of the 2012, Nortech Systems realigned its sales and marketing, engineering and related support functions to better serve customers, capitalize on recent acquisitions and foster broader collaboration across the company. Nortech is committed to delivering excellence and customer satisfaction through technical expertise, supply chain management skills and advanced business processes.

In conclusion, Degen said Nortech Systems’ objective is to continue outpacing the U.S. EMS industry’s revenue growth through business development efforts with existing and new customers in the company’s three primary markets – industrial, medical and defense.

Conference Call
Nortech Systems announces a conference call to be held at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Thursday, March 8, 2012, to discuss the company’s fourth quarter results. Anyone interested in participating in the conference can access the call by dialing 877-407-8031 from within the United States, or 201-689-8031 if calling internationally. An audio webcast and replay of this conference call can be accessed at the investor relations portion of Nortech Systems’ website at or at  A podcast (MP3 download) will also be available. The telephone replay will be available through March 22, 2012, by dialing 877-660-6853 (from U.S.) or 201-612-7415 (International). To access the replay, the account number 286 and conference ID 389323 are both required.

About Nortech Systems, Incorporated
Nortech Systems Incorporated (, based in Wayzata, Minn., is a full-service electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider of wire and cable assemblies, printed circuit board assemblies, and higher-level complete box build assemblies for a wide range of industries.  Markets served include industrial equipment, aerospace/defense and medical. The company has manufacturing capabilities and operating partners in the U.S., Asia and Latin America. Nortech Systems Incorporated is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol NSYS.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  While this release is based on management’s best judgment and current expectations, actual results may differ and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, without limitation: volatility in market conditions which may affect market supply of and demand for the company’s products; increased competition; changes in the reliability and efficiency of operating facilities or those of third parties; risks related to availability of labor; commodity and energy cost instability; general economic, financial and business conditions that could affect the company’s financial condition and results of operations; as well as risk factors listed from time to time in the company’s filings with the SEC.

Condensed Statements of Operations
Three months ended Dec. 31, Twelve months ended Dec. 31,
  Unaudited Audited
2011 2010 2011 2010
                     Net Sales $29,123,480 $27,426,795 $114,236,411 $99,820,069
Income from Operations 466,432 253,248 1,512,366 1,230,191
Income before
Income Taxes
360,783 114,051 1,750,930 881,766
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) 126,000 (23,000) 561,000 375,000
Net Income 234,783 137,051 1,189,930 506,766
Net Income Per
Basic Common Share
$0.09 $0.05 $0.43 $0.18
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares – Basic 2,742,992 2,742,992 2,742,992 2,742,389
Net Income Per  Diluted Common Share $0.09 $0.05 $0.43 $0.18
Weighted Average
Number of Common Shares – Diluted
2,742,992 2,742,992 2,742,992 2,742,389

Condensed Balance Sheets – Audited

Dec. 31, 2011 Dec. 31, 2010
Current Assets $37,297,487 $33,467,996
Property and Other Long-Term Assets 9,484,656 8,092,928
Total Assets $46,782,143 $41,560,924
Current Liabilities $25,012,055 $20,403,551
Long-Term Liabilities 1,264,295 1,868,554
Shareholders’ Equity 20,505,793 19,288,819
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’   Equity  $46,782,143  $41,560,924

Contact:Richard Wasielewski
Nortech Systems Incorporated
(952) 345-2244
Warren Djerf
Brookside Communications Group
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