PHOENIX, September 24, 2021 — Spirit Electronics and Latham Industries, two woman-owned business with deep experience in advanced manufacturing, today announced their partnership to provide commercial and aerospace and defense (A&D) customers with a one-stop shop for electronic manufacturing, components, and distribution. The two companies have uniquely gained from business programs offered by the City of Phoenix and are focused on creating new job opportunities and bringing more technology business to Arizona.
“We are hosting a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 24, and then the party begins,” said Marti McCurdy, owner and CEO of Spirit Electronics. “Our friends from Mercury, Moog, Raytheon, and Viasat will be joining the office of Senator Mark Kelly, Phoenix Councilwoman Debra Stark, plus Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego to help us celebrate the accomplishments of woman-owned advanced manufacturing in Arizona.”
Spirit Electronics is a national provider of superior electronic components and supply-chain solutions for the aerospace, defense, medical, industrial and commercial industries. The company is a HUBZone business certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), supporting economic growth and opportunity in Historically Underutilized Business Zones and opening opportunities for customers pursuing specified Federal IT contracts.
Ms. McCurdy has used the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Arizona Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the SBA for HUBZone certification and now in process of obtaining Six Sigma training from the City of Phoenix. She also created Spirit Gives, the philanthropic arm of Spirit Electronics, to support local military families from tour of duty through civilian transition with events, activities and philanthropy. Learn more about this registered 501c3 charitable foundation at www.spiritgives.org
“We have much to celebrate,” added Tracey Latham, founder and CEO at Latham Industries. “Marti and I support each other and women leaders across Arizona. We hope this event raises awareness for women-owned business in advanced manufacturing—as well as commemorating Latham Industries moving into the beautiful offices with Spirit Electronics, and the retirement of a key employee, Laura Bowling, after 29 years of dedicated service.”
Latham Industries provides the highest quality printed circuit board (PCB) assembly for aerospace, medical, industrial, communications, and security businesses. From stencil printing to component placement and inspection, the company’s diverse capabilities make it the go-to partner for all of contract manufacturing needs.
In addition to running Latham Industries, Ms. Latham participated the City of Phoenix’s trade mission from Hermosillo to Phoenix in 2019, hosting the international team at her facility to promote the resources and opportunities that exist for business expansion into the Phoenix metro. She was an active participant with the Arizona Women’s Education & Entrepreneur Center (AWEEC)—which was a U.S. Small Business Administration funded Women’s Business Center led by Alicia Marseille—and was a recipient of The City of Phoenix Incumbent Training Program Grant in 2021 introduced by the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AZMEP).
“We are incredibly proud to support Marti and Tracey,” said Hank Marshall, Economic Development Executive Officer for the City of Phoenix. “Their vision for growth is critical to electronic components and wafer design in Phoenix and keeping our city on the leaderboard of advanced manufacturing worldwide.”