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2503 Pan Am Blvd. | Elk Grove Village, Il. 60007 | 630-766-1000 | www.flextronassembly.com
 
 

Flextron Circuit Assembly is located next to O'Hare Airport in an ESD-Safe, very high-tech Electronics Contract Manufacturing facility in the heart of America's manufacturing hub. The company prides itself in taking care of customers' requests and keeping them extremely happy.

Flextron follows this fundamental of business: take care of customers in a way that customers want to be treated. Flextron's business is thriving by utilizing the same approach that owner Jay Vora used to make a successful life when he first moved to the United States - doing what he loves to do and doing well what he believes.

"I got my electronics degree in India, but I chose to move to the United States in 1994 because it's the land of opportunity," says Vora. "At first, I worked as a laborer here. I had a BS degree in Electronics, natural talent, and a strong desire to do something, but I was broke. In my initial years, I learned by observing people in business. My desire to work helped me get a job at Motorola - first as a technician and then as an engineer. Later, I joined Lucent Technologies. While working full-time and raising a family, I also worked toward a master's degree in telecommunications, which I completed in 1998. America offered me the opportunity to achieve my goals, but not without hard work. I believe we must appreciate what we have and be ready to work for what we want. You can achieve your dreams in America; if you work hard and believe in yourself, people will believe in you."

In addition to his work at Lucent Technologies, Vora also began various entrepreneurial enterprises. He was successful enough in these business ventures to turn to them into a full-time career after he left Lucent in 2003 to pursue his dream to be a manufacturer.

When the telecommunications industry went through a period of massive down-sizing, Vora was in a successful enough position to take on more risk and start his own company. "I wanted to manufacture electronics," he continues, "That was always my dream and what I liked to do best."

Flextron Circuit Assembly first began operating in 2005 out of a 6,500-square-foot facility in Wood Dale with only a few employees. By May of 2008, after becoming a resident of Elk Grove Village, Vora purchased a 16,000-square-foot facility at 2503 Pan Am Boulevard in Elk Grove and moved the company there. Flextron will eventually move to a 50,000-square-foot facility to accommodate growing business. Vora is happy to bring the jobs associated with this expansion back to America. Flextron has four state-of-the-art SMT lines totaling a massive 180K-components per hour automated line with very fine microscopic level 01005, Micro BGA (Ball Grid Array) component placement in Lead-Free processes. Tours are offered to those interested in examining Flextron's capability and strength.

"I moved my family from Des Plaines to Elk Grove because it was closer to our Wood Dale facility and because it is a good town to raise a family," says Vora. "I eventually moved Flextron here because of Elk Grove's access to the airport. We run time sensitive manufacturing every day, and I need to be logistically placed for timely deliveries to customers. I like to bring business back to the USA. I believe it is every citizen's duty to act on every opportunity to make a difference. It is a collective effort to restore America's economy, and we all need to think beyond business and invest in our country and our communities."

Flextron currently serves more than 100 customers, with 40% coming from the Chicago area and the rest from various states across the country. Industries such as computer technology, electricity, industrial controls, lighting, alternative energy, games and recreation, medical, and telecommunications make use of Flextron's ability to provide flexible and rigid printed circuit board assembly solutions. And all the work is done right here in the USA.

Flextron's employee base has also grown, from just a few during the company's beginnings to more than 50 today. "I look for a strong work ethic in my employees," says Vora. "I want them to be as willing to work as I am. Every attention paid to detail in our facility makes a huge impact on a customer's satisfaction. I prefer employees to have some previous experience in electronics, but I'm also willing to train them if they're willing to learn. I want them to enjoy the work assigned, be dedicated, and do their job to the best of their ability."

This employee work ethic is essential to Flextron's commitment to quality and strong customer focus.

"I really, truly believe that the customer deserves the highest quality," says Vora. "We focus on what the customer wants, not what we want. We will do whatever it takes to meet their needs. Flexibility and creativity are as important as quality. We look at our product and service from their perspective, and this assures excellent quality and delivery."

 
Jay Vora, owner of Flextron Circuit Assembly, has a personal philosophy about how would-be entrepreneurs in the United States can measure success-not only in the manufacturing sector, but in any business venture.

"For starters, success cannot be just about money," Vora says. "A successful business is a combination of profit and responsible citizenship." Vora believes that it is important to do what you love in your business but to do things for altruistic reasons as well. He observes that we live in a country that encourages helping others.

"America offers many opportunities and a lot of support for people who go into business because they want to make a difference, not just because they want to become wealthy," he says.

"If your only goal is to make money, then the business will never reach the heights that it may otherwise. Success is not measured solely by income, but by how hard you've worked and the knowledge you've gained along the way. We all need to make a comfortable enough profit margin to earn a living and continue operating our businesses, but anything beyond is not necessary. If you have enough to live on, why not try to make a difference to everybody who comes in contact with you in business? Just think, if Einstein had worked only for the money, then mankind may not have benefited from his contributions the way that we did."

"Any business should also be a reflection of being a responsible citizen," Vora continues. "It should be your means of doing good in the world. If you increase your positivity in business and give back to the community and the country, you will have plenty of customers to serve. Then you are contributing not only to your profit, but also to society. If you are a business owner, then you have an even greater responsibility to be a good leader to your employees and a good citizen to your community."

To young people just starting out in business, Vora advises hard work and faith in themselves. Vora says, "If you work hard and don't lose faith in yourself and in your goals, you can expect to see returns. Also, don't ever be afraid of failure. Failure is another way of making you a better person; it teaches you about yourself. Even if you don't make the kind of money you want to, you will see the positive effects of your hard work. If you are happy doing what you do every day, then you are a success. My advice: Believe in yourself first, then other people will believe in you too."
 
 
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