So this week Adtran invited press and analysts down to Huntsville, Ala., for a debriefing on upcoming announcements and a tour, of among other things, its manufacturing facilities that build and assemble enterprise and carrier equipment here on U.S. soil, right in-house.
The company does ship high-volume manufacturing off-shore to contract manufacturing partners, but says managing first-runs and rush jobs locally — with its engineers and designers right in the next building — can actually save money when all costs are accounted for. Further, it gives the company insights into its own products that it claims competitors lack.
Below: a few shots of the Adtran assembly line, where components are turned into boards and ultimately into systems ranging from routers and switches to telco access and transport platforms….
Up next: U.S. manufacturing jobs — live and in the flesh!