October 2016 - Contemporary Controls was proud to welcome Congressman Bill Foster on October 6 for a meeting with our engineers and a tour of our manufacturing facility. Congressman Foster is a physicist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois which includes the Hi-tech Corridor where we are located.
Congressman Foster was interested in meeting local businesses in his district to learn more about the companies and highlight the vital role manufacturing plays in our national and local economy. Contemporary Controls has been manufacturing in Downers Grove, Illinois for more than 30 years.
The Downers Grove manufacturing facility has modern Surface Mount Technology (SMT) process lines that paste solder onto blank printed circuit boards (PCBs), place active and passive components onto the pasted PCBs, and then reflow the assembled PCBs through temperature controlled ovens to create printed circuit board assemblies (PCAs). The PCAs are then tested and packaged as adapters, or assembled into metal enclosures, tested and packaged as finished devices for storage into a warehouse.
Contemporary Controls is committed to making our manufacturing process as environmentally sustainable as possible. We adhere to the goals of reducing energy consumption, reducing the amount of hazardous materials in our environment, greater recycling, reducing the waste in landfills and the use of fewer natural resources.
Congressman Foster has a background in both science and business and is supporting manufacturing companies in Illinois by writing legislation that encourages manufacturing internships and by supporting efforts to improve education in science, math and technology. During the visit, Congressman Foster met with our engineers to learn more about our manufacturing processes. He and our President, George Thomas, also enjoyed a trip down memory lane when they chatted about early DEC computers and TTL integrated circuits.