Apogee Selects Metalfx as Lead Manufacturing Partner

Ramsey, NJ (April 7, 2004)--Apogee Sound International has selected Metalfx, Inc. as its lead manufacturing and assembly partner for its full range of professional loudspeaker and electronics products.
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Ramsey, NJ (April 7, 2004)--Apogee Sound International has selected Metalfx, Inc. as its lead manufacturing and assembly partner for its full range of professional loudspeaker and electronics products.

With the next ISO audit in May at the Metalfx facilities, the production of Apogee loudspeakers will be included in the MetalfxISO 9001 certification. Metalfx, located north of San Francisco in Willits, CA, has 150 employees and two production facilities covering over 220,000 square feet. Metalfx’s customers include companies such as Agilent, Ciena and Hewlett Packard.

"We're excited to add Apogee to our distinguished client list," said Gordon Short, president of Metalfx, "and proud to partner with a company respected for quality that is second to none."

Prior to moving production from Apogee’s Petaluma facility to Metalfx’ facility in Willits, engineers from both companies worked together to enhance Apogee’s build-to-order quality engineering and production processes. Digital documentation of Apogee’s entire build process now forms the foundation of this manufacturing process and is backstopped by Metalfx’s advanced Statistical Process Control (SPC). Traditional pin-routers, once the center of Apogee’s wood machining process, have been replaced with precision CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) routers, reportedly achieving consistently higher tolerances. Apogee’s proprietary painting process has been re-engineered and upgraded to include a turnkey trolley system and an advanced heat curing stage.

Said Grzebik: "These improvements to our engineering and manufacturing process ensure that Apogee’s longstanding reputation of delivering high performance, quality products remains unchanged." Grzebik led training of all engineering and production staff members at Metalfx. He also oversees Metalfx’s materials management, engineering and production processes, ranging from wood procurement for loudspeaker cabinets to driver modification to final quality assurance testing.

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