EMS player VirTex continues on its investment in talent drive

Austin-based Electronics Manufacturing Service Provider (EMS), VirTex, has grown significantly in the past two years by investing in key resources, whether that be people or cutting-edge technology.

The latest investment in talent comes in the form of Mr. Gary Heimlich, who was recently promoted to Materials Manager. Heimlich joined VirTex in April 2016 as a Program Manager. Management quickly identified that Heimlich displayed the right set of characteristics that they look for and moved Gary on to an escalated promotional initiative.

This promotion comes as Mr. Eric Wichmann, General Manager, VirTex, puts transformational plans into place to focus the business on supply chain management. Wichmann and the VirTex team are working with their current Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) clients to review their supply chain solution, with a view to continually improving operational effectiveness.

Mr. Wichmann commented; “Supply chains are developing in today’s world. Global forces such as product complexity, speed-to-market, and mass customization are putting an increased amount of focus and strain onto the traditional supply chain. Political, environmental, social and legal considerations must be given as we build the smart supply chain for our customers, some of whom have felt the pain of natural disasters, off-shoring, partner bankruptcy and unrest. These factors have increased the need for transparency and traceability throughout the entire production lifecycle from end-to-end. For VirTex, this means an investment in our people to bring them up-to-speed for the demands that are being placed on low volume/high mix manufacturing.”

On his promotion, Mr. Heimlich stated; “there is a new process to managing the VirTex supply chain. The traditional key performance indicators that were created on Excel spreadsheets, or other formats, are no longer dynamic or interactive enough to be as responsive as we require them. Our VirTex mantra is Vision. Value. VirTex. and in respect to this, our customers told us they wanted to ‘see more, to add value,’ this is where we knew we needed to prioritize our focus.”

Smart Supply Chain

VirTex engages with customers, whether existing OEMs or start-ups, to ask them to consider:

Do you need to rethink your supply chain?
Have you carried out a full risk assessment on your Supply Chain?
Do your investments reflect the shift to flexible and scalable manufacturing?
Does your production lifecycle reflect the advantages of these new capabilities?
Are you designing your product for the Smart Supply Chain?

VirTex has helped to effectively optimize operational efficiency by introducing their smart supply chain solutions to ensure transparency and traceability while avoiding risk and review the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Their supply chain tools and software are industry leading and award winning.

About Mr. Heimlch

Mr. Gary Heimlich is the Materials Manager (GM) at VirTex, an industry-leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider.

Mr. Heimlich has held various positions within the electronics industry since 1981. With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Heimlich has worked at companies like FLEX and is a very driven and well-spoken professional. Previous positions include Program Manager at TS3, Cell Manager at Foxconn. Prior to that, he was a Production Supervisor at Celestica, Program Manager for Solectron (FLEX) & Logistics. He has extensive experience in Program Management, Sales, Finance, Manufacturing, Materials, Supply Chain Management, and Logistics.

To VirTex, Mr. Heimlich has demonstrated the ability to streamline buying operations and identify changes to reduce cost, create and implement business/operational strategies, that enhance quality, productivity and margins through the creation of a centralized buyer position.

As the Materials Manager for VirTex, Austin, Mr. Heimlich is part of an organization that brings together the best resources for the technology markets. Medical, Aerospace, Defense, and Industrial as well as new technology companies that all share unique and challenging characteristics; high complexity and high configurability in a low to medium volume production environment.

Mr. Heimlich holds a BS from the University of Texas A&M-Killeen.

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