Amphenol Industrial Operations, a division of Amphenol Industrial Products Group, opened Amphenol EEC in Chicago, Illinois. The facility manufactures connectors and cable assemblies that meet the stringent requirements of the Buy America program.
According to company officials, Amphenol's newly acquired EEC division specializes in high-quality prototyping and production of connector solutions. The integrated factory offers CNC machining, tool making, powder coating, as well as potting and overmold processes and uses local vendors for additional processes. This capability allows for quick turn delivery and shortened lead times to market. Amphenol will also support MRO requirements and applications for the market from this centralized facility.
The Buy America program, run by the United States Department of Transportation, requires that transportation infrastructure projects use American-made products and will only provide government funds to American companies that either use or produce steel, iron and manufactured goods that are made solely in the United States, officials said.
Mark Cunningham, general manager, Amphenol Industrial Operations, said, "By supporting the Buy America initiative, we are able to provide interconnect solutions for procurement and engineering at US transit agencies, Class 1 railroads as well as rail car and locomotive manufacturers."
"Amphenol is proud to be able to meet the stringent requirements of the railway system as well as support Buy America," said Cunningham.
Amphenol's connectors and cable assemblies are ideal for use in power and signal applications, intercar jumper cable assemblies, and junction boxes, he noted.