JMAR expands manufacturing center, appoints Cheng as VP
JMAR Technologies Inc. is expanding its Operations and Manufacturing Center, based in Burlington, Vt., to meet the manufacturing, engineering and production requirements of the company's emerging product portfolio, including an laser-based system for detecting harmful microorganisms in water supplies...
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) JMAR Technologies Inc. is expanding its Operations and Manufacturing Center, based in Burlington, Vt., to meet the manufacturing, engineering and production requirements of the company's emerging product portfolio, including an laser-based system for detecting harmful microorganisms in water supplies.
JMAR has appointed Doug Cheng, a seasoned executive with a history of driving production at major international manufacturers, to lead the expansion. As vice president of operations, Cheng will assume the day-to-day management of JMAR's Vermont-based production activities from Dan Fleming, general manager, who has directed the Systems Division's X-ray lithography development work.
Cheng's initial focus will be initiating concurrent engineering and preparing for the impending manufacture of BioSentryTM, a laser-based, early-warning system for detecting and classifying potentially harmful microorganisms in water supplies. This real-time monitoring system, with potential applications for water utility operations, beverage bottling, homeland security and critical facility maintenance, is scheduled to ramp up to full-scale production in mid-2005.
Cheng brings to JMAR his previous experience in key management and engineering roles at Phillips Automotive Electronics, where he rose to the position of general manager, assuming responsibility for operations, engineering and finance, and a 14-year tenure at General Electric that encompassed several progressive manufacturing management and engineering positions. More recently, Cheng served as Plant Manager of Dynapower Corporation, where he oversaw manufacturing, production planning and product testing of the company's industrial and research oriented products. Cheng holds an engineering degree from the University of Vermont.
"The build out of the Operations and Manufacturing Center and the hire of Doug Cheng are critical steps in the execution of our plan for commercialization of JMAR's core technologies," says Ronald A. Walrod, CEO of JMAR. "Doug's demonstrated ability to build and manage effective manufacturing organizations suits JMAR's immediate needs as we prepare to meet international demand for our new products. His experience as the general manager of a vertically integrated business unit with annual revenues in excess of $100 million positions him as a key contributor to JMAR's growth oriented management team."
The Operations and Manufacturing Center will work in conjunction with the Systems Division Programs team, also based in Burlington, Vermont, which holds the primary responsibility for securing government research and development funding, and developing new products from its core precision alignment and positioning technology.
JMAR Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator in the development of laser-based equipment for imaging, analysis and fabrication at the nano-scale. The Company is leveraging over a decade of laser and photonics research to develop a diverse portfolio of products with commercial applications in rapidly growing industries while continuing to provide support for the U.S. Government's Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) semiconductor fabrication facility. JMAR is targeting the nanotech, bioscience and semiconductor industries with its BritelightTM laser; Compact X-ray Light Source; X-ray Microscope - for 3D visualization of single cells and polymers; and its X-ray Nano Probe - enabling interaction, analysis and modification at the nano-scale. JMAR also maintains strategic alliances for the development of BioSentryTM and READ - biological and chemical sensors for homeland security, environmental and utility infrastructure industries.