Category Archives: Investment in USA

Interested in Contributing to US Manufacturing?

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day celebration, there is still a debate over who first proposed a day to celebrate the American worker. Was it the carpenter from New York or the machinist from New Jersey? The New Yorker suggested a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” (Link here) Despite the eloquence of the carpenter, this NJ company votes for the machinist. Either way, both sought to recognize the American worker and the dignity of labor.

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As we celebrate Labor Day 2016, we can’t ignore its partner every September—‘Back to School’.   And we wonder, who will teach the next generation of manufacturers? Tech schools and community colleges are partnering with local manufacturers like Sigma Design Company to give the next generation of workers the technical education and chance to start a manufacturing career in NJ. We recognize that seasoned machinists and other manufacturing tradesmen are also an integral part in this education process.

For senior workers, there might be a desire to slow down but not stop working altogether. Studs Terkel, the author of “Working”, writes “Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash…….” We think working with inventers and designers, and manufacturing right here in NJ can provide immeasurable satisfaction—and some cash.

We do honest work that leads to the creation of tangible products. As most of our work is custom and requires a multitude of talents, we’ve found that there is nothing that a group of skilled workers cannot figure out! It is that complement of training, age, and experience that makes our projects successful. We are offering experienced tradesmen an opportunity to teach their craft to the next generation of American manufacturers. If you or someone you know would like to join us, call 732-629-7555 or email Jerry Lynch at info@sigmadesign.net !

Where’d You Earn Your Stripes?

It’s hard to talk about going down to New Orleans without mentioning oysters, po’boys and beignets. But food had to take a back seat during a recent trip to the Big Easy where over 40 McDermott International employees gathered for a reunion. A street car to the Garden District brought us to Bruno’s Tavern to meet with the men who designed, fabricated, and constructed some of the largest marine equipment in the world during the 80’s & 90’s. These projects sent us to Singapore, Spain, Dubai, and our favorite assignment, the south of France. A typical project would require 18 hour days with an occasional day off with this new ‘family’ of expats. The work required supervising large groups of machinists, welders, riggers, and electricians with the task of building monstrous-sized cranes, installing deep sea platforms, and laying hundreds of miles of deep sea gas and crude pipelines.McDermott DB 101The bonds formed living and working together years ago were evident as each person shared stories from then and now. A recurring theme heard throughout the day was about the novice sent into the field, some as young as 22, without any real experience or preparation for the work and responsibility for which they were hired.   They credited McDermott International, originally headquartered in New Orleans, for hiring the right people, giving you a job to do and the tools that were needed to do it, and then just leaving you alone.   You were hired for your ability to work smartly and independently.

These experiences, particularly the offshore projects created the foundation that makes Sigma Design Company able to handle today’s challenging engineering projects. What an adventure it was! It was so great to see everyone! Thanks to Mike McIntosh, Rich Lockwood and Richard Smith for bringing so many of us together.

 

Contact Us With Your Project Needs!

sigmapicSince 1999, we have been trusted by hundreds of manufacturing firms for our engineering and manufacturing services and would love to transform your smart ideas into successful products and machinery. Please give us a call or e-mail us about the projects you are currently working on!  http://www.sigmadesign.net/contact/

Made in New Jersey

Sigma is committed to the future of NJ manufacturing and is featured on the blog of marine engineering firm, Martin Ottoway: http://www.martinottaway.com/blog/rik-van-hemmen/new-jersey-makes-world-takes

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Bird-Friendly Wind Power Brings Manufacturing Jobs to New Jersey

Raymond Green, a World War II veteran and retired welder and operating engineer has hired Sigma Design Company located in Middlesex, NJ to test, analyze, refine, optimize and manufacture his patented invention: Catching Wind Power® (CWP) Compressed Air Enclosed Wind Turbine. Once launched, it will bring 25+ new technology jobs to New Jersey.

The blades of traditional wind turbines can kill bats, birds, and other flying wildlife. This was a concern to Green, so he designed a system that eliminates external blades. The patented “Inner Compression Cone Technology” (ICCT) squeezes the incoming air, compressing it as it is drawn through the turbine and multiplies it creating more power. The ICCT technology also creates virtually no noise. The blades are internal, closer together, and smaller therefore eliminating the sound traditional blades make as they spin and swoop past the tower. The turbine is offered in different sizes ranging from personal portables to massive wind farm units. This versatile product is very cost-efficient for any location and allows the user to take green energy anywhere they go.

Catching Wind Power® turbines can replace or be added to existing wind farm towers.

Green, who is 89 years old and resides in Jackson, CA, felt strongly about entrusting this project to a veteran-owned company. He found Sigma Design, owned by Jerry Lynch, P.E., a U.S. Navy veteran. Green’s vision is the launch of this alternative energy product, which will create jobs in America for U.S. veterans.

Catching Wind Power® pilot test set-up at Sigma Design Company in Middlesex, NJ.

CWP is an early-stage company and has patents in the USA, which were granted on 02/13/2007 and 03/16/2010. The company also has patents in New Zealand, Australia, China and 27 countries in Europe. These patents and IP will become major assets of the company. CWP products will have numerous applications such as military and remote installations; these systems have global market appeal.

Sigma and Raymond Green are forming an investment team to bring the product to market. Interested investors are invited to contact Sigma Design.

Contact us today and find out how Sigma Design Company can make your product a reality.


For more information about Catching Wind Power® please visit: http://www.catchingwindpower.com/

Sigma featured in the local news

Sigma was featured in the Courier News and Home News Tribune today. The article discusses the collaboration with Sigma and inventor Raymond Green. Green, a WWII veteran, hired veteran-owned Sigma to test, refine and manufacture his patented bird-friendly wind turbine Catching Wind Power®. The project will create at least 25 manufacturing jobs in NJ.                  http://mycj.co/RZuocG

Our POV: High Tech Manufacturing by Small Businesses Is Key Driver for Job Creation in NJ and USA

Since the peak of 2.5 million US high tech jobs in 2000, the US has lost 687,000 of those desirable manufacturing jobs. Meanwhile, about 85% of R&D growth in US multinational corporations since 2004 has been based abroad. These trends reflect an emphasis by large US corporations on high growth and low cost labor markets found overseas over the past decade – especially in China*. The good news is that now economists estimate that production cost differentials between US and Chinese markets are rapidly dwindling – with a very narrow gap expected by 2015**. SIGMA believes US small business manufacturers are nimble and competitive enough to grow and lead the turnaround in high-tech production and employment in the USA. Read on to find out “how”.

“In New Jersey the creation of about 40,000 new jobs (only 12% of our current manufacturing base) would restore the manufacturing sector back to its peak level. This is a realistic goal over the coming few years”, proclaimed Lynch of SIGMA. “If we could start more small manufacturing businesses that each create 25 to 50 jobs per company, then we will be well on the road to reestablishing our hi-tech manufacturing might. Each small manufacturing firm needs to buy screws, paint, machining, plastic which all builds momentum”, he added. A recent Business Week article confirms his point – “manufacturing still has the highest leverage factor of any sector. It creates much more value and many more ancillary jobs than any other sector”***  And the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) indicates that each dollar’s worth of manufactured goods creates another $1.43 of activity in other sectors, twice the $.71 multiplier for services.

For its part, SIGMA will follow its successful B2B technology commercialization model. One example is a diagnostic laboratory apparatus that SIGMA newly designed in 2011 for the US market and which SIGMA has been producing monthly since August 2011 (see our Sept 2011 blog article) . This product is creating steady work for SIGMA employees and for numerous local suppliers. Significantly, about 40% of sales are for export, which is also beneficial for the US trade balance, the US dollar and for US competitiveness. SIGMA is committed to repeating this local B2B commercialization-production model for other highly engineered products at our New Product Manufacturing Center in Middlesex, NJ. Come join us!

Sigma Design Company – Promoting the New American Manufacturing Era

Sources: *Manufacturing.net, **Boston Consulting Group, ***Business Week

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Our POV: A New Manufacturing Era is Critical to Grow America!

Almost every local and global economy is suffering or worrying about a financial meltdown. Leaders and citizens alike are struggling and feel the sting of the dwindling economic pie. While some are complaining, some occupying and others grandstanding, at Sigma Design Company we are taking positive action by working to promote a New Manufacturing Era. We are doing this by investing, creating, producing and employing.

Sigma Design Company is bullish on the inventiveness and ingenuity of the American people. We believe in ourselves, our suppliers, our clients and our collaborators. We have more than doubled down on US manufacturing by expanding eight-fold and by just opening (in October) a Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center in Middlesex, New Jersey.

We believe that we, and others like us, can compete right here in the USA and right here in New Jersey! We are doing this by conceiving, designing, and producing state of the art, high-valued, high-engineered systems and solutions for a range of industries. We bring team spirit, professionalism and innovative collaboration for total new product development and manufacturing. We seek to spur on others across this great land to stand up, work smart and be part of the solution to build a New Manufacturing Era. Come join us!

Sigma Design Company – Promoting a New Manufacturing Era in New Jersey and USA

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Update: Sigma Design Co Moves into New Product Manufacturing Center

Sigma Design Company  moved in on October 28th to its new  “Technology Commercialization and New Product Manufacturing Center” in Middlesex, New Jersey.

Sigma Design Company – 200 Pond Avenue, Middlesex, NJ

The company is betting on the future of New Jersey manufacturing with its investment in 20,000 square foot facility at 200 Pond Avenue, Middlesex, NJ. The center offers up to 10 manufacturing cells – 500 sq foot or larger, that will be fully staffed and tooled with lean manufacturing for local production of complex electro-mechanical systems for the health, medical, consumer, clean, environmental, marine products and other sectors

In the coming years the company expects to  create new high-wage, high-tech jobs. The company plans to recruit technicians from places like Middlesex Country College and will recruit engineers from places like Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Smart Hedge Funds Step Up Investment in R&D for Locally Engineered & Manufactured Products

Our Point of View (POV): From Sigma Design Company, LLC

We applaud the hedge funds and private investors who are brave and smart enough to invest today for the technologies of tomorrow.  Early stage technologies, which historically had the highest risk profile, now have a better outlook given the stagnant macroeconomic environment.

As everyone knows, traditional safe industries have been whacked the past few years and others may be on the brink of new unknown disasters. At least many people are sitting on the sidelines on their cash and their backsides.  However, these once conservative plays in steady state businesses are no longer your dad’s (or mom’s) blue chips – and most have very little upside potential.  On the other hand, investments in R&D for emerging technologies and new product development have enormous upside potential with the right mix of success factors and players.

More importantly, investing in U.S. based entrepreneurship and new product engineering provides, and importantly grows, local know-how and good living wages. These are both critical assets that are fundamental to any sound economy and nation and also important for our families and neighbors.  So big kudos to those with the guts to go for the glory of spurring new technology commercialization and local engineering services and manufacturing in New Jersey USA during these uncertain times.

Onward and upward!

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