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Posted on Sun, Oct 24, 2010 : 6:02 a.m.

Michigan job growth: Tax abatement boosts advanced manufacturing capacity at Saline Lectronics

By Nathan Bomey


Saline Lectronics, led by CEO Mario Sciberras, has added 38 jobs over the last year.

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Demand for customized advanced manufacturing services is fueling growth for Saline Lectronics, which has added 38 employees over the last year for a total of 120 workers in Saline.

The firm now plans to add an additional 15 jobs after winning approval Monday for a tax abatement tied to an $806,000 expansion plan.

“We’re glad that they continue to choose to grow in Saline,” Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell said. “They’re buying equipment to be competitive in the industry and they’re adding jobs.”

The Saline-based electronics contract manufacturer currently has 120 employees, up from about 82 employees a year ago. The firm now occupies 60,000 square feet of a 110,000-square-foot facility on Maple Road.

Last year Saline Lectronics officially purchased the facility, which was once filled with the operations of local manufacturer Xycom, now part of Pro-face America. Pro-face maintains a sales office at the Saline Lectronics building.

“We’ve been growing and taking a heck of lot more space than we had,” Saline Lectronics CEO Mario Sciberras said.


Saline Lectronics now occupies 60,000 square feet of a facility on Maple Road.

Photo courtesy of Saline Lectronics

The 6-year tax abatement approved Monday by the Saline City Council reduces Saline Lectronics’ taxes on a machinery investment of $726,666 and building improvements totaling $78,867. A circuit board assembly machine Saline Lectronics purchased as part of the expansion is five times faster than equipment the company was using before.

“We needed additional equipment in order to accommodate our growth and frankly to also stay competitive,” Sciberras said. “This equipment continues to speed up our process, and as a result we can count on being able to compete for these larger jobs. That’s why we’re buying more equipment.”

Sciberras said interest in the firm’s ability to produce customized circuit boards and other products quickly and precisely is fueling growth. He declined to provide revenue figures but said the medical sector, military market and energy field are driving a sales increase. 

Saline Lectronics has broadened its manufacturing capabilities beyond circuit board components to include "full turn-key" production, which involves assembling entire products for customers.

The company, founded eight years ago, is also benefiting from domestic product manufacturers that are bringing business back from Asia.

“We’ve had the opportunity to bring back work because of quality and logistics issues,” Sciberras said. “We’re fast. We’re very agile, and that’s one of our customer service capabilities.”

Sciberras pointed to a recent deal Saline Lectronics acquired to produce parts for measurement technology firm Peceptron.

“We beat Asia out of a 20,000-piece order that stayed here at home only because of the fact that the quality and logistics and pricing is now competitive to be able to manufacture for them,” he said.

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Mon, Oct 25, 2010 : 5:27 a.m.

Well Mr. Shift, if you are suggesting we repeal the personal income tax, you'll likely find support for that, as ordinary folk today are paying tax rates originally intended for the rich. Does your company pay your workers a good wage?

Milton Shift

Mon, Oct 25, 2010 : 1:48 a.m.

Let me remind you that there has been no shortage of entrepreneurs throughout every economic disaster in history, and they happened anyway. Most working people actually pay higher taxes than the rich or corporations. It leads to an objective transfer of wealth from the workers to the capitalists. They do not need more money.


Sun, Oct 24, 2010 : 7:21 p.m.

Mr. Shift appears to be doing his part to keep Marxism alive and well; barely a century after the Marx scam was conceived, it has been discarded world wide except for at a few US college campuses. Hats of to a local company who decided to risk everything in an attempt to prosper via employing more and more people. We need more entrepreneurs.


Sun, Oct 24, 2010 : 6:18 p.m.

or maybe, just maybe, this is an example of how Michigan can grow. Remember business is not bad - its what pays people's salaries and establishes the tax base. Perhaps Milty should not worry about tax cuts and should worry about an absurdly sized state government.

Milton Shift

Sun, Oct 24, 2010 : 4 p.m.

It seems like the only item on Nathan's agenda is pushing for business tax cuts...