Crystal Group Opens New Manufacturing Facility; Creates New Jobs, Production Capacity, Innovation

Hiawatha, Iowa, October 19, 2018 – Crystal Group, Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer and electronic hardware, officially unveiled its new corporate headquarters at a ribbon cutting ceremony held yesterday in Hiawatha, Iowa. The 111,500 square foot state-of-the-art building is adjacent to the other two on Crystal Group’s campus, now totaling 160,000 square feet of manufacturing and administration operations. Construction of the Hiawatha plant began in April 2017, concluding in September 2018. Production capacity will increase by more than fifty percent.

Military and industrial customers’ rapidly increasing demand for Crystal Group rugged computers spurred the expansion and gave cause to plan for a phase two addition to the building within the next five years. The building was designed to accommodate a 30,000 square foot addition.  Over 50 new jobs were also created to support customer demand. Crystal Group currently employs over two hundred and twenty people and rising to meet the new headquarters’ current capacity of two hundred eighty-five.

Crystal Group president, Scott Kongable, cuts the ribbon for the new headquarters at Thursday’s event.

“This marks a significant milestone in the twenty-seven-year history of our employee-owned company,” said Crystal Group president, Scott Kongable. “Our success is based on our employees’ relentless commitment to serve our customers. Some of the best talent out there is right here in Hiawatha working at Crystal Group to deliver the highest quality rugged computer solutions for our military and industrial customers in over thirty-five countries. Our new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will fuel greater innovation and transform the level of customer service we deliver.”

All three of Crystal Group’s buildings and network are NIST compliant (National Institute of Standards and Technology, nist.gov), offering the highest level of security.  The new facility offers added in-house engineering services and compliance testing technologies to speed the production process and better serve customer requirements.

Crystal Group celebrated the opening of its new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours. Over three hundred people were in attendance including Iowa’s Senator Liz Mathis, Representatives Ashley Hinson and Art Staed, as well as other local, state and federal dignitaries; Crystal Group employees; customers; media; and partners for the ceremonial event.

About Crystal Group, Inc.

Crystal Group, Inc., a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializes in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. An employee-owned small business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides the defense, government and industrial markets with in-house customization, engineering, integration, configuration management, product lifecycle planning, warranty, and support services.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards, including MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, and MIL-S-901; are backed by an industry-leading, 5-plus-year warranty with in-house support; and are manufactured in the company’s Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, facility certified to ISO 9001:2015/AS9100D quality management standards.

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