WALLINGFORD, CT. - June 24, 2008- Component Engineers Inc. (CEI) announced this week that effective June 23, 2008, Ronald Hansen Jr., currently the Company's President, will also become Chief Executive Officer.
CEI opened its doors January 1, 1980 in New Britain, CT. The founding officers, Ronald D. Hansen Sr. and Leonard Ceravone Jr., concentrated on fabricating stamping tools for other manufactures. By the early 1990's, CEI had moved to its current location in Wallingford, and had become efficient in designing, developing, and manufacturing precision metal parts to customer specification. Ronald Hansen Jr., an employee of CEI for twenty-two years, was added to the Board of Directors as President of the company in 2002. Since then, CEI has grown greatly in size and skill, expanding the current building three times, and continuously adding new technology and methods of manufacturing. "Everything you see today is JR's doing." praised Ronald Hansen Sr. of his son. Ronald Hansen Jr., often referred to as JR by his family, friends, and staff, is responsible for many, if not most, of the great recent improvements within the company that ensure customer satisfaction. This includes the exp ansion of a cutting edge Quality Control Department, certification to both the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003, and registration as a FDA contract manufacturer. JR is quick to credit his achievements and CEI's growth to the help of his talented and hand selected team.
Presently, CEI is a contract manufacturing leader. Based in Wallingford, CT, CEI services companies all over the world involved in the medical, automotive, electronics, industrial, military, and aerospace industries. The company is capable of producing high precision components using methods such as precision metal stamping, CNC machining, and wire EDM. CEI also possesses the capability to design, build and repair tooling, laser engrave, fabricate tubing, reverse engineer to fabrication, and produce rapid prototypes. It has grown to be one of the most trusted and respected metal fabricators in the northeast under the leadership of Ronald Hansen Jr.
An essential component of CEI's success is JR and his team's attention to continuous improvement. CEI utilizes Kaizen, a system based on making constant changes to improve safety and effectiveness while eliminating waste. The Kaizen philosophy believes in habitually striving for improvement in hopes of maximizing the efficiency of the manufacturing process, even if change does not appear to be necessary. Further, Kaizen involves setting standards and then working continuously to better those standards. Building expansions in 2003 and 2005 doubled the original square footage of CEI's facility providing more space for larger and more powerful presses, additions of new machining centers, and a state-of-the-art Quality Control Department. Recently, the addition of four new state-of-the-art Fanuc a-0iD machines increased the Wire EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) department to a total of twelve centers in operation, allowing more efficient production times and an increased qual ity product for customers. The company's new directive is in the pressroom where they will strive for leaner production ideas by moving machinery so that production runs as efficiently as possible.
In addition to improving CEI, Ronald Hansen Jr., is actively doing his part to improve his community. JR has been an active member of Compass Lodge #9, Freemasons of Wallingford, CT since 2003. As the oldest fraternal organization in the world, its members are dedicated to being a good citizens with good character, caring for those less fortunate, and giving back to the community. He is currently the Co-chairman of both the Annual "Two Ball Cane" Golf Outing & the Wine Tasting charity events of Compass Lodge #9 and Temple Lodge #16. These events have raised thousands of dollars to support community events, sports programs, scholarships, and provide access to the nationally acclaimed Child Identification Program (CHIP). In appreciation of his investment in time, energy and resources to support his lodge and its charitable work, JR received the Sutterlin Award in 2005 for his outstanding services, the highest award the Masonic lodge bestows. Additionally, JR has been a membe r of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce since 2002, and the Premier Partner of the Quinnipiac Chamber for 2006 and 2007. The Chamber's mission is "to make positive things happen for business and the community at large." JR's involvement and investment assisted the chamber with their ability to work with legislative issues, educational programs, and economic development and service offerings. In 2006, he was awarded the Quinnipiac Chamber Star of the Year honor. JR was also a 2007 Business New Haven Rising Star.
For additional information on Ronald Hansen Jr. or Component Engineers Inc., please visit their website at www.ComponentENG.com.