RAYMOND, Maine���August�9,�2017���Dielectric, a pioneer in purpose-engineered antennas and RF systems for TV and radio broadcasters,�will open�a 33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility�this fall�in Lewiston, Maine, approximately 25 miles north of company headquarters.�The Lewiston facility was�secured to accommodate�Dielectric�s�rapidly�growing spectrum repack business, and will produce�all UHF�main and auxiliary�television antennas moving forward.�
The new facility�will�employ�approximately 50 employees, including a mix of new hires from the Lewiston area and long-time Dielectric employees that will, in many cases,�work�across both facilities. Mike Spugnardi, Manufacturing Manager, will oversee daily operations and report to�Dielectric�Vice President and General Manager,�Keith Pelletier.
�This expansion represents the final phase of Dielectric�s�three-year long preparation for repack,� said Pelletier. �We have�focused effort on streamlining engineering and process flows throughout the company, including a revamp of the current manufacturing space in Raymond, but we waited to pull the trigger on this final manufacturing expansion until the repack demand was clearly set�to ramp up. The engineering improvements alone helped us�quote 905 of the 987 television stations affected by the spectrum repack, and we�stand ready�to capture a lion�s share of that business based on our reputation for our engineering quality, product reliability,�customer service and�quick delivery.�Our planning is based on an unchanged�39-month�overall�repack window,�and this new facility will ensure we keep up with the pace that the industry demands, without any shortcuts or sacrifice to quality.�
Dielectric�s repack business will include a large number of auxiliary�UHF�WB�antennas that will temporarily support new channel assignments�before permanent�antennas can be�installed; over 100 auxiliary antennas are currently in manufacturing or shipping to sites.�Pelletier�expects that the total number�of antennas�produced at the two manufacturing facilities�could easily exceed�1300.
�We started producing repack antennas on July 1, and we�are rapidly ramping up to a capacity�capable of�producing200 antenna systems every six months to keep pace�with demand,� said Pelletier. �Our new building will have state-of-the-art�indoor and outdoor�facilities to design�and�produce UHF antennas, including a new�outdoor test pad�toverify performance of�antenna�products in advance of shipping.�
Production work on UHF antennas is expected to commence early in Q4 2017, with the first shipments following later in the quarter.�Company headquarters will remain at the Raymond facility�along with the continued�production of all VHF and FM radio antennas;�and�RF�systems�including filters and combiners, components and�transmission line.
Based in Raymond, Maine,�Dielectric LLC�is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. From remote stations to major markets, Dielectric has been delivering solutions for every need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. The Company is a trusted partner of broadcasters worldwide. More information can be accessed at�www.dielectric.com