Nashua firm takes over Queen City circuit board makerBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
April 07. 2015 10:05PM
NASHUA — Mass Design Inc., a printed circuit board manufacturer in the Gate City, has acquired a similar company housed in Manchester.
Electropac Co., which was founded in 1976 in Manchester, has become a new division of Mass Design.
“We have basically purchased their customer base and taken on some of their employees,” said Tony Bourassa, president of Mass Design. “Electropac is no longer in the printed circuit board industry, so we have taken a few of its key employees.”
The move came about under a succession plan by Ray Boissoneau, founder of Electropac Co. Boissoneau grew Electropac’s American operation by integrating North American manufacturing with offshore production, and gained recognition both internationally and in the Manchester community for developing programs to augment job training and employment opportunities in the region, according to a news release.
“He has been in the industry for a long time,” Bourassa said of Boissoneau, adding it was time for him to move on with different endeavors.
As a result, Boissoneau gave his customers an option to continue receiving printed circuit board assistance from another local company — Mass Design.
Mass Design has been operating in Nashua for about 30 years. It currently has 60 employees.
“We design, fabricate and assemble the circuit boards. The fact that we can offer all three services brings an appeal that some people can take advantage of,” Bourassa said.
Bourassa cofounded Mass Design in 1986 with Paul Boduch, vice president, making it one of the oldest and largest printed circuit board companies with a manufacturing base in the Northeast, according to the release.
“We had been talking with Tony and Paul for some time, and could not have found better partners,” Boissoneau said in a statement. “For four decades, we’ve built tremendous equity in the Electropac brand, and are pleased to have Electropac continue as a division of Mass Design.”
Mass Design’s 72,000-square-feet facility in Nashua is located just north of the Route 128 technology highway on Simon Street. Electropac was housed on Willow Street in Manchester.
“We are one of the remaining printed circuit board companies. I think part of what we offer is more than just one facet of printed circuit boards, which helps us hang in there,” said Bourassa, noting competition in China.
It is still unclear where the printed circuit board industry will be five years from now, acknowledges Bourassa, who said the recent purchase of Electropac is expected to make his company even stronger.
Mass Design offers design-and-build services, as well as design assistance, prototyping and assembly. Some of its customers include Draper Labs, Amphenol Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Nova Biomedical, General Electric, Baxter, Tyco and East Coast universities.