GM Nameplate and Northern Engraving Corp. are teaming up to provide decorative products to customers that rely on production in China.
The two firms have formed a joint venture that will make nameplates, overlays, dials and decorative trim for applications in medical, aerospace, electronics, transportation and other industries. The agreement includes GM Nameplate's operation in Dongguan City, which it expanded in 2007. The partners expect the venture to be the fastest way to increase value to customers in China. Limited production is under way and full production is expected in autumn 2011.
Privately held GM Nameplate is based in Seattle, Wash. It employs more than 1,000 in facilities in California, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Asia. It is a custom manufacturer of branding components, electronic input devices such as membrane switches, decorated and molded plastic components, assemblies and large format digital graphics. Its Asian business includes a plant in Singapore.
Northern Engraving designs and manufactures product identification items such as nameplates, gauges and dials for marine and transportation, decorative trim such as touch controls and overlays and buttons. The privately owned firm is based in Sparta, Wis., and has a total of six facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the United Kingdom. It employs more than 1,000.
GM Nameplate said many of its customers use contract manufacturing in China for their sourcing. The company's presence in China allows it to support such high volume clients. GM Nameplate stressed that the partners will continue with strong manufacturing operations in the United States.
Officials at GM Nameplate and Northern Engraving could not be reached for more information on the venture.