About EBW Electronics
Originally a part of a larger company and now a widely respected expert in electronics design and manufacturing, EBW Electronics continues to evolve with the times while staying true to its family atmosphere.
We seek and hire the best talent, and they put forth the effort needed to satisfy every customer. Our team-oriented approach and desire for quality keep everyone working toward the same goal: making a quality product efficiently.
We take special interest in the impact we can have on the environment, and we want to make that impact positive. Largely instituted by the passion of our employees, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve.
Just a few of the initiatives we’ve put in place:
- Recycling (factory materials and office supplies, including plastic, metal, paper, cardboard, shrinkwrap)
- RoHS-compliant production (with the goal of eliminating lead)
- Installing energy-efficient reflow soldering ovens and pick-and-place equipment
- Converting office lights to LED
- Lowering compressed-air consumption
- Cutting lighting energy consumption in half with fluorescent lighting in the plant
- Installing LED lighting in the parking lot and signage
- Adding windows for natural lighting
Pioneering Printed Circuit Board Assemblies with LED Lighting
EBW Electronics was founded in 1992 by Leo LeBlanc with the sole purpose of supplying electronic products to its parent company, EBW (formerly known as Enterprise Brass Works). EBW engineered and manufactured valves and fittings for petroleum-service stations, as well as products for above-ground tanks and petroleum containing tanker trucks. EBW Electronics designed and manufactured for EBW an electronic overfill sensor for tanker trucks and a standalone electronic storage tank monitor for service stations.
In 2001, EBW was sold to a publicly traded company. EBW Electronics was not part of the sale and remained a family-owned business. Having lost their only customer, though, EBW Electronics had an acute need to diversify.
EBW Electronics began specializing in the design and manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies for the lighting industry. Initially it had a proprietary line of electronic ballasts and then was one of the early adopters to create printed circuit boards containing light-emitting diodes (LED). EBW Electronics circuit boards have become very sophisticated, and its manufacturing facility has evolved accordingly. From very humble beginnings, to a highly automated and high production manufacturing facility, EBW Electronics is very proud of their history.
With continued growth and improvement, EBW Electronics was named one of the Top 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan in 2007. In 2013, Inc. Magazine recognized EBW Electronics for its rapid growth. According to this publication, EBW Electronics was the 8th fastest growing privately-held company in all of Michigan during the period of 2009 – 2012. EBW Electronics experienced a revenue growth of 675% in that three-year period. In ranking manufacturing companies, EBW Electronics was identified as the fastest growing company in not only Michigan, but the entire Midwest (Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin). EBW Electronics continues to expand its capabilities while receiving quality endorsements from a number of major corporations in the automotive and office-furnishing industries.
In 2015, Chairman Pat LeBlanc was named Michigan Small Business Person of The Year by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Not only is EBW Electronics proud of their growth, but also of the family-like atmosphere among their workforce that has remained unchanged since 1992.
EBW Electronics — 1995
EBW Electronics — Today
Most people have many different “experiences in their career”. . .Pat LeBlanc has many different “careers in his experience.”
He began, what he calls, his life-long career … a Michigan State University (MSU) Cheerleader in 1975. He received his undergraduate degree from MSU in 1978, his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from MSU in 1982 and completed a residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. In the ensuing 26 years, his careers have progressed through a variety of industries. He began as a tenured university professor at MSU, then president of a foundry/machine shop, a stent as a biomedical researcher, followed by a 10-year assignment as the Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at MSU. He currently serves as the Chairman of EBW Electronics. Through his many careers, his wife Sally and their three daughters have been his constant support and his life-long cheerleaders.
Cory Steeby, the President of EBW Electronics, is an expert in Leadership with 20 years of design and application experience. He oversees development of the company’s diversified customer base spanning multiple industries and specializing in the design and manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA). His ability to plan ahead and anticipate future demand for the contract electrical manufacturing services is the foundation for the rapid growth. His experienced electrical engineering and production team takes pride in consistently delivering you quality electrical components and assemblies on time. Steeby holds a BSEE from Calvin College.
Tom has been instrumental in helping navigate EBWE to its current market position as a leader in electrical contract manufacturing. Experienced in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing and certified to many electronic quality standards, Tom has held various positions at EBWE since joining the company in 1996. He oversees the integration of engineering, manufacturing and quality control, as well as value-added supply chain management. An avid fly fisherman, Tom received his BBA from Western Michigan University – Haworth College of Business.
Luanne Verner, SPHR
As Controller, Luanne oversees all financial activities for the organization, including A/P, A/R and financial planning. She is also responsible for human resources and the company’s information technology systems. A graduate of GRCC, with continuing studies at Davenport University, Luanne was Systems Administrator, Arrow Door Company before joining EBWE in 1998.
Director of Engineering
Dennis Hawver, the Director of Engineering at EBW Electronics, is a 27-plus year veteran of the Tier 1 global automotive industry specializing in the design and global manufacture of mechatronic systems. He is responsible for EBWE’s Engineering, Program Management and Process/Test Engineering functions. His experience in product development, global technology trends and his passion for exceeding customer expectations are a winning combination for making our customers’ experience with EBWE worry-free.
Dennis, an avid carpenter and licensed builder, obtained his B.S. in Engineering from Ferris State University and his M.S. in Engineering Management from Western Michigan University.
Director of Sales
Todd Magsig received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology with a focus in Plastics at Western Michigan University. He earned his first position at Prince Corporation, (purchased by JCI in 1996), while still in college and remained 20 years with positions in Automotive with OEM Account Management and Manufacturing. His overall focus was creating highly knowledgeable teams that were driven to accomplish challenging projects. During Todd’s tenure, he worked with Chrysler, General Motors, Ford and Kia, building relationships by setting & exceeding expectations. At LeanLogistics, Todd completed six successful implementations of Transportation Management Systems with Fortune 500 companies. He created a Lead Generation Management position, producing 25% deal closure.
He resides near Grand Rapids, MI where he spends most of his time away from work watching his four sons play football, basketball and baseball.