Saudi Ministry Arrives at Broadcast Electronics (BE) Quincy Plant to Local Fanfare

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Mayor presents broadcasters from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with ceremonial key to the city in recognition of 16 years of partnership with Illinois manufacturer and almost 300 broadcast transmitters exported, with Illinois State Representative Jil Tracy in attendance

Marking sixteen years of successful partnership with Broadcast Electronics Inc. (BE) (, engineers from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information (MoCI) received a warm welcome in Quincy this week from BE President & CEO Joseph W. Roark and Quincy Mayor John A. Spring.

MoCI Director of Transmitter Projects Mr. Mizyad Al Omar and Project Engineer Mr. Ayman Al Zahrani, along with BE Saudi representatives Mr. Nasr Atwan and Mr. Madhukar Sonpal of Thales (formerly STESA), arrived in Quincy from Saudi Arabia on Monday. Their visit to BE's corporate headquarters further strengthened their relationship with BE and gave the engineers a chance to preview the company’s industry-leading STX LP transmitter.

More than 30 BE STX LP transmitters ranging in power from 1 kW to 5 kW and featuring advanced, single-frequency technology for synchronized, continuous regional coverage are scheduled for shipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Q4, 2010.

In the past several years, the MoCI, the agency responsible for radio and television in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has purchased several hundred BE FM transmitters along with associated RF equipment. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a very valuable customer to us over the years. In fact, this year they will significantly pass the 300 unit mark of radio transmitters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said BE’s Roark during an appreciation ceremony held on Wednesday.

Joseph Roark presented both Mr. Mizyad Al Omar and BE representative Mr. Madhukar Sonpal with plaques in recognition of their friendship and partnership, while Mayor John Spring presented Mr. Al Omar and Mr. Sonpal each with a ceremonial key to the city of Quincy. “It is a special treat to be here with our friends from Saudi Arabia and to recognize them and thank them … to let them know that they are truly our friends and are truly welcome,” said Mayor Spring.    

Among the local dignitaries present were Jil Tracy, Illinois State Representative; Gary Sparks, Director of Administrative Services for the city of Quincy; and Jim Mentesti, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation, a group supporting business development in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. Each, like Mayor Spring, expressed gratitude for MoCI’s business contributions to Broadcast Electronics’ growth and, in turn, the Quincy economy over the years.

“This is an opportunity to thank our friends from Saudi Arabia for their investment in Quincy and in Broadcast Electronics,” said Mayor Spring.

BE’s Quincy plant at 4100 North 24th Street has been a favorite destination for radio broadcasters from more than 130 nations around the world. “We are considered the home of radio broadcast worldwide,” commented Roark, noting that an estimated 50 percent of all radio transmission products sold in the world come out of Quincy.

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