REED CITY — Continuing advances in the field of electronic systems technology has created a situation in which a large expansion of the workforce at Nartron, a Reed City manufacturing company, is now anticipated.

Nartron has been actively seeking a wide-ranging number of professionals for work in it’s Reed City facility - through specific searches , but also through advertising in local newspapers.

“Today Nartron is hiring people from around the county and beyond, adding 85 new people in the past year,” said Heather Huber, Nartron’s vice president of human resources.

“The work ethic in this area is great. We’re still adding people at all levels from entry level assemblers and machine operators, to highly skilled equipment technicians and maintenance men.

“Also production supervisors, quality control and process development industrial engineers. We even need more electrical and mechanical design engineers to support our expansion into sophisticated electronic sensors and controls for automotive cockpit display systems.”

Nartron relocated to Reed City from Jackson, Michigan some 45 years ago according to Norman Rautiola, president and founder of the company.

Rautiola’s start in the electronic technology business came in the 1960s from Texas Instruments in Dallas where he worked for Dr. Gordon Teal, one of the inventors of the transistor at Bell Laboratories. Dr. Teal was then the vice president for research, development and engineering and was one of the key scientists leading the further development of the transistor and the integrated circuit. It was during that era that Jack Kilby, a Texas Instrument friend, invented the integrated circuit and later received the Nobel Prize for his creation.

“America’s need for higher fuel economy has created a market for our advanced fuel control systems,” said Rautiola.

“For over 25 years, our technology mission has been to create smarter, safer, more fuel efficient vehicular systems, and with those successes we’re now enjoying a large new business growth that will take us forward for at least 10 more years.

“Our cutting edge capacitive sensor technology and over 400 patents are very much in demand.

“We are manufacturing the most advanced automotive center-stack electronics, as well as producing electronic fuel control systems that give those vehicles a large advantage in CAFE and fuel economy.

“These systems are patented by Nartron and their applications have gone global because their performance is truly ‘global class’”