Panduit was born from innovation. Since its Wiring Duct invention in 1955, the company has introduced thousands of products that provide innovative electrical and network infrastructure solutions, from data centers and intelligent buildings to manufacturing or industrial operations. It also offers software used to integrate and manage separate building functions. The corporation partners with companies such as IBM, Rockwell Automation, EMC, Avago Technologies, and Cisco.
Panduit is committed to delivering a consistently high level of quality and service the world over through a robust global supply chain, which includes manufacturing, customer service, logistics, and distribution partners. It is present in over 122 countries and reaches over $1 Billion in revenue, thanks to a series of local sales networks that provide guidance and prompt response to its clients.
The company also has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability demonstrated by Panduit’s LEED Gold certified world headquarters in Illinois, USA, which leverages the Unified Physical Infrastructure℠ approach to enable convergence of critical building systems to drive energy efficiency and ongoing operational improvement.
Panduit has a long history in Costa Rica dating to 1996 when the company was in search of a strategic location that would allow them to supply its US market´s needs.
The town of Grecia, with its beautiful landscaped coffee fields and fresh air, was appealing beyond these features for is strategic access just 30 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, low traffic, further distance from other companies and a significant and qualified labor pool with great potential for development.
The company initially started with a labor intensive operation focused on assembly to fulfill production processes for the North American market. It quickly learned that it could develop and incorporated a more technically skill workforce to address testing and troubleshooting operations. And that was only the beginning.
Today, Panduit´s plant in Costa Rica is the company´s largest manufacturing facility around the world in size and number of employees, representing over 20% of its global staff. This is the biggest plant that manufactures their electronic printers and fiber optic products and also incorporates over 80% of its total product line offering.
Many high quality and precision products in this facility are manufactured in clean rooms. It also makes handheld devices which contain over 137 components for assembly which are sourced locally or imported. It also executes plastic molding operations and automated process… all are exported to markets in the US, Europe and Asia.
The little town of Grecia continues to be Panduit´s home in Costa Rica, but its people´s skills and Panduit´s sophisticated, high-tech products are surely leading global players.