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Update on MBX Systems COVID-19 Response Plan

The top priority at MBX Systems is the well being of our employees and maintaining business continuity as the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus advances. Justin Formella, Chief Strategy Officer It’s important that we continue to communicate how we are preparing our entire organization and protecting your end-to-end supply chain. We’ve gone to incredible lengths to Read more…

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MBX Systems is building leaders through its book club

Niche technology company MBX Systems uses its book club to engage new employees and build leadership skills they will use for their entire career. Sarah Fister Gale In 2016 Kim Becker, talent manager for MBX Systems in Libertyville, Illinois, had a company manager come to her asking for help. “He was struggling with the culture Read more…

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Coronavirus Social-Distancing Forces Painful Choices on Small Businesses

Small-business confidence plunged in March to near its lowest levels in the past seven years, as business owners grappled with the effects of the novel coronavirus on their companies and the broader economy. Owners of businesses from restaurants and yoga studios to marketing and manufacturing firms are already making tough choices, as the fallout spreads Read more…

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The coronavirus creates multiple dilemmas for businesses

“There’s a paradox here,” said MBX’s Justin Formella. “If it seems like an overreaction after the fact, it means you probably did the right thing and helped the situation improve.” For Chicago business, the coronavirus at first seemed like distant shells from a hostile army still far from its target. Manufacturers reliant on Far East Read more…

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What companies in Chicago are doing to ease customers’ and employees’ coronavirus worries

The coronavirus isn’t business as usual, but companies are taking steps to try to keep their customers and employees safe as the number of cases mounts across the U.S. On Tuesday, the University of Chicago Medical Center said it was treating a patient with suspected case of the coronavirus. Four others have already tested positive Read more…

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Supply Stashes, Temperature Checks, and Coronavirus ‘Czars’: How Companies Are Preparing to Keep Employees Healthy and Business Strong

Savvy entrepreneurs are planning ahead to mitigate the effects of supply shortages and sick employees. When the 12 China-based employees of private-label sock manufacturer PAC-MFG return to their office on Monday after a two-week quarantine of the city of Haining, things will be a little different. Buses and trains are hot spots for transmission of the coronavirus, Read more…

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Coronavirus is slowing production in China. Chicago companies must figure out how to cope.

At AllCell Technologies’ facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, dozens of employees are cranking out lithium-ion batteries, destined to power drones, electric vehicles and more. The key component of the rechargeable batteries comes from China and other Asian countries, where the coronavirus has caused factories to shut down or operate at reduced capacity, Read more…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Related Supply Chain Constraints Update

MBX recommends reserving supply allocations ahead of forecasts to secure components into Q2 2020. Justin Formella, Chief Strategy Officer There have been multiple changes to the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak over the past two weeks, and we want to update you on what we know today about its impact on technology manufacturing Read more…

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MBX Expands Hardware Manufacturing Services, Promotes Chris Tucker to CEO

New Channel Initiatives, Reference Platforms & Vertical Markets Drive Growth LIBERTYVILLE, IL (Feb. 13, 2020) – MBX Systems, a manufacturer of purpose-built and COTS connected hardware devices for OEMs, ISVs and service providers, logged strong growth in 2019 with an expanded channel program, new reference platforms, a broadened vertical focus, and industry-first tools that streamline Read more…

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Coronavirus Causing No Short-Term Impact on MBX Supply Chain

Carl Nothnagel, Chief Operating Officer Every day we are working with our suppliers and partners around the world to filter the official and unofficial information we’re hearing about the coronavirus to stay on top of potential market constraints. We’d like to share what we know today and our opinions on the upcoming impact as it Read more…

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