Leviton bringing wallplate manufacturing back to the U.S.

Company cites waste reduction and efficiency gains as two reasons it is transitioning processes from China to the United States.

By early 2013, Leviton will completely transition manufacturing operations of this QuickPort wallplate product line to its Bothell, Washington facility from China.
By early 2013, Leviton will completely transition manufacturing operations of this QuickPort wallplate product line to its Bothell, Washington facility from China.

Leviton recently announced it is transferring the manufacturer process of its QuickPort data-communication wallplates product line from China to the United States. “Beginning now through early 2013, production will transition from Leviton’s manufacturing plant in China to Leviton’s Network Solutions plant in Bothell, Washington,” the company said.

Leviton added that the move is “part of Leviton’s effort to reduce waste from shipping, boost efficiency and bring manufacturing closer to government and commercial projects in the United States, all while improving product availability. The wallplates will be made using state-of-the-art technology including new high-efficiency molding machinery with dramatically lower energy consumption relative to traditional processes.”

The company also noted that for 25 years the Bothell facility has manufactured copper and fiber-optic network connectivity, as well as power-distribution units for enterprise, data center and other commercial markets worldwide.

Tim Lockard, director of operations for Leviton Network Solutions, said, “By bringing the production of QuickPort wallplates back to our Bothell plant, we are able to improve energy efficiency, streamline our supply chain and ensure greater quality and delivery for customers around the world. This move further demonstrates Leviton’s commitment to supporting the resurgence of manufacturing production in the United States.”

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