People on the Move at SBE Inc.

Since winning a matching grant of $9.1 million as the major piece of funding for an $18 Million project under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electrical Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative, SBE Inc. (dba SB Electronics) has been expanding its team.  Located in Barre, Vermont, the leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions has recently added 25 new hires and promoted four employees to newly created positions.

SBE’s new hires include:
Dustin Ayer, Metalized Autoweld Operator
Dan Bisbee, Manufacturing Engineer
Robert Britt, Chief Financial Officer
Sue Britto, AP/AR Assistant Controller
Michael Brubaker, Chief Technology Officer
Dave Bryan, Manufacturing Engineer
Joshua Chase, Taper
James Clark, Power Ring Winder
Stephani Cook, Marketing Assistant
Jim Crawley, Vice-President Automotive Business Development
Kevin Eaton, Power Ring Tester
Bradley Gordon, Project Staff & Government Liaison
Sally Hall, Recruiter & Training Administrator
Jon Joslin, Electrician
James Lavoie, Director of Operations
Michael Martin, Power Ring Winder
Tom McBride, Project Manager
Jesse Narkewicz, Manufacturing Engineer
Paul Nelson, Chief Operating Officer
Tammy Nova, Power Ring Taper
Arthur Rank, Power Ring Taper/Assembler
David Reed, End Spray Operator
Ramdath Seepersad, Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
John Stuart, Power Ring Assembler
Tim Wheelock, Power Ring Tester

SBE’s newly promoted employees are:
Carl Carlson, Application Engineering and New Product Development  Manager
Bob Cronk, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Richard Patterson, Corporate Quality & ERP Business System Manager
Matt Stacy, Senior Manufacturing Engineer

“These are exciting times,” shares Edward Sawyer, SBE Inc’s President and CEO.  “The experience brought to the table by this group of people in conjunction with our current employees will prove to be invaluable as we start building one of the world’s premier manufacturing plants here in the US.  Right now, SBE has the best momentum it has ever had and we see no indication of that letting up in 2010.”

SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, higher power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure, in demanding applications, particularly for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace.  Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years; producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop®.  With the newer development of its DC Link Filter Power Ring Film Capacitor™, SBE Inc. was recently awarded a $9.1 Million grant by the Department of Energy to build a world class facility for the manufacture of this line of capacitors used in drive train inverters for plug-in hybrid and electric drive vehicles.  The company’s headquarters, engineering, product development center and manufacturing operation are located in Barre, Vermont.

Stephani Cook, Marketing Assistant
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