Littelfuse Adds New VP for Supply Chain and OpEx

Littelfuse, Inc.  announced the appointment of Michael P. Rutz, 42, as Vice President Supply Chain & Operational Excellence. In this newly created position, Rutz will be responsible for the company’s sourcing, supplier development, supply chain, quality and manufacturing engineering services. Rutz joins Littelfuse with 19 years of experience in the global electronics industry. His career…

Caputo Rejoins San-tron

San-tron, Inc, a leading manufacturer of RF coaxial connectors and cable assemblies, has announced today that they have rehired Vincent Caputo as Senior Product Line Manager for Cable Assemblies. Mr. Caputo brings over 16 years of RF/microwave experience to the position and first came to San-ton as a Sales Associate in 2004, and more recently…

WESCO Acquires LaPrairie, Inc.

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that WESCO Distribution, Inc., through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, has completed the previously announced acquisition of LaPrairie, Inc., a wholesale distributor of electrical products located in…

SIA: Chip Sales Hit Record $305B in 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2013 reached $305.6 billion, the industry’s highest-ever annual total and an increase of 4.8 percent from the 2012 total of $291.6 billion. Global sales for the month of December 2013 reached $26.6 billion, marking the…

ISM: Manufacturing Grows — A Bit More Slowly

 Although growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector in January wasn’t as robust as in prior periods, the nation’s leading index – the PMI — has expanded for the eighth consecutive month, according to the Institute of Supply Management.  The January PMI registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 5.2 percentage points from December’s seasonally adjusted reading…