(l-r) Mr. Mizyad Al Omar, MoCI,
and Quincy Mayor John A. Spring
Quincy, IL (November 2, 2010)–Engineers from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI) recently visited the Broadcast Electronics plant in Quincy, IL.
BE President/CEO Joseph W. Roark and Quincy Mayor John A. Spring welcomed the visitors, who included MoCI director of transmitter projects Mr. Mizyad Al Omar and project engineer Mr. Ayman Al Zahrani, along with BE Saudi representatives Mr. Nasr Atwan and Mr. Madhukar Sonpal of Thales (formerly STESA).
The visit to BE’s corporate headquarters marked 16 years of partnership and gave the engineers a chance to preview the company’s STX LP transmitter. More than 30 BE STX LP transmitters ranging in power from 1 kW to 5 kW and featuring single-frequency technology for synchronized, continuous regional coverage are scheduled for shipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Q4, 2010.
In the past several years, the MoCI, the agency responsible for radio and television in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has purchased several hundred BE FM transmitters along with associated RF equipment. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a very valuable customer to us over the years. In fact, this year they will significantly pass the 300 unit mark of radio transmitters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said BE’s Roark during an appreciation ceremony held on Wednesday.
Roark presented both Mr. Mizyad Al Omar and BE representative Mr. Madhukar Sonpal with plaques in recognition of their friendship and partnership, while Mayor Spring presented Mr. Al Omar and Mr. Sonpal each with a ceremonial key to the city of Quincy. Among the local dignitaries present were Jil Tracy, Illinois State Representative; Gary Sparks, director of administrative services for the city of Quincy; and Jim Mentesti, president of the Great River Economic Development Foundation, a group supporting business development in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.