Whitinsville, MA (May 7, 2021)—While many pro-audio brands have shifted much of their manufacturing overseas to Asia, Eastern Acoustic Works quietly brought the assembly of its MKD installation speaker line in-house to its Whitinsville, Massachusetts headquarters last November.
The move necessitated a new dedicated assembly space for production of the new MKD1200 Series and customization of existing products, such as the QX and MK lines. With two stations for assembly, the 2,400 square-foot space is in full operation. The new space also serves as a QC and testing area as well.
The shift towards in-house assembly for the line has reportedly enabled the company to build on-demand to better meet integrator and client requirements and project timelines. TJ Smith, president of EAW, noted, “Many of EAW’s products are offered with configurable options, such as multiple horn patterns, rotatable horns and/or transformers all in black, white and weather protected cabinets. Conducting final assembly of these products in Whitinsville allows us to respond to customer demand faster and carry less inventory. Assembly in Massachusetts also saves a significant shipping cost.
“The production floor is immediately in front of the engineering team, which allows any potential problems to be identified and improvements to be made in real time,” adds Smith. “This results in near-term quality improvements, faster time to market for new products and design for manufacturability in future products. The space provides a platform for future production expansion as the organization learns, grows and new products are added to the portfolio.”
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