Mike Pawula Joins MBX Systems as Manufacturing Manager: Technology industry veteran to use lean manufacturing processes to enhance quality, advance lead time and customer service goals.

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MBX Systems, one of the top manufacturers of server appliance hardware, today announced that Mike Pawula has been named to the newly created position of Manufacturing Manager. Pawula, a 3Com and Motorola veteran with expertise in lean manufacturing, will have direct responsibility for all production operations including material selection, assembly, tooling, and quality control.

We are competing with the major players for business every day. We felt we could gain some efficiencies by taking a more process-driven approach to manufacturing. Mike Pawula has the knowledge and background to take us to that next level. We are happy that he has agreed to join the MBX team.

    His first task, according to CEO Tom Crowley, is to move MBX Systems from a batch/lot production environment to more of a world class manufacturing environment.

"As the server appliance model has gained popularity over the last couple of years our business has grown right along with it," Crowley says. "We are competing with the major players for business every day. We felt we could gain some efficiencies by taking a more process-driven approach to manufacturing. Mike Pawula has the knowledge and background to take us to that next level. We are happy that he has agreed to join the MBX team."

One of Pawula's first tasks at MBX will be to create a set of manufacturing metrics that will help monitor individual and company productivity, quality, and resource management. These numbers will help MBX measure a number of critical factors to assure that the company is able to maintain its advantage in customer service even as the volume of units produced increases.

This approach is similar to one he took in his last position as Plant Manager at Nissan Forklift in Marengo, Illinois. That company wanted to take a lean manufacturing approach to its processes in order to increase its competitiveness. During his six-year tenure at Nissan Forklift, Pawula was able to more than double the number of units produced per day. Pawula believes he can achieve similar or better productivity gains for MBX.

Prior to joining Nissan Forklifts, Pawula was a Senior Production Manager at 3Com, working on its Internet hub business. He is also a former Night Operations Manager for Motorola's Cell Phones and Accessories group. He began his career as a Program Manager at Illinois Tool Works before taking a position as Production Manager at Dixon.

Crowley says Pawula will help MBX be more responsive to the market and make its processes more repeatable, all of which will have a positive impact on customer service.

"This isn't about making some arbitrary number that Wall Street or a remote management team wants to see," Crowley says. "Everything Mike is putting into place is to better serve the customer. By improving our manufacturing processes, we'll be able to give our customers what they want, with better quality and reduced lead times. Customer service has always been the cornerstone of MBX's business and with Mike's help, we're already starting to raise the level of our game."

About MBX Systems

MBX Systems is one of the top designers and manufacturers of appliances for software developers and independent software vendors (ISVs). As a partner with companies such as Quest Software, KACE, Identity Engines, Mailfoundry, and many others, MBX has been helping lead the move to the appliance model since it was created in 2000. The company offers a full array of services that can be mixed and matched according to customer need, including hardware and operating system consultation and design, manufacturing, quality assurance, warehousing/inventory management, just-in-time delivery, domestic and international shipping, and remote product upgrades. For more information, check out the new Web site at http://www.mbx.com or call toll-free 888-440-1414.

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