First USA Manufacturing Plant for ATX Opens in Grand Blanc Twp
Through economic ups and downs, the Greater Flint Area has been known for manufacturing for decades. Now, a major technology player has opened a new, USA-based manufacturing plant in Grand Blanc Township.
New tech to be manufactured in Grand Blanc Township
"Broadband access and media distribution solutions" is what ATX Networks specializes in, according to their own information.
- The facility at 10456 North Holly Road in Grand Blanc Township is part of a larger, complex. This project was announced in September 2022.
- The facility is owned by Mara Technologies, a subsidiary of Invotek Group. Invotek Group is headquartered in Markham, Ontario, Canada.
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What exactly will be made by ATX Networks?
In short, really nerdy and necessary technology.
- GigaXtend HFC amplifiers and system amplifiers (and future evolutions of that technology) will be made in the Grand Blanc Township facility. Exactly what does that thing do? It allows broadband bandwidth to be expanded -- allowing businesses more capacity to meet data demands over the internet. Specifically, they build it to meet future needs. Then, they'll move on to manufacturing the next thing needed, etc.
What is HFC?
- HFC = Hybrid fiber-coaxial is a telecommunication industry term for a broadband network that combines optical fiber and coaxial cable, according to Wikipedia. (It's tech cable companies have used since the 1990s... and for internet, too.)
Last December, Invotek Group USA Vice President of Operations, Jeff Gary, told Flint Side "We'll be the first plant of the USA group." That's promising news as technology needs around the United States will grow exponentially in the coming years. Manufacturing things closer to the need means shorter shipping times and... more jobs.