Electropin Technologies

Electropin President Keith Brenton performs a quality check on pins being manufactured Wednesday afternoon.

Electropin Technologies, a manufacturer of contact pins, connector pins, and specialty electronic and mechanical small metal parts, has located a facility in Wayne County.

Electropin has moved its entire manufacturing operation from Shelton, Connecticut, and has secured a 9,000-square-foot facility at 110 Centura Drive, off of U.S. 70 West, as its new location.

“Electropin made the decision to relocate to Wayne County where the business environment is more supportive of small industries like theirs, and where the cost of doing business is lower and less regulated,” said Mark Pope, Wayne County Development Alliance president. “They are a sound addition to our industrial base, and we are honored they chose to settle in our great community.”

Electropin Technologies provides both small businesses as well as leading manufacturers like Caterpillar, John Deere, IBM, GE, GM, BMW and Apple with high quality parts.

It manufactures 5 million pins weekly.

In one year, it manufactured 1 billion pins of the type used on central processing units — all without defects — that are used on computer motherboards.

There are no screws, bolts or nails in their operation, but there are millions and millions of connector pins. Electropin serves a variety of industries including consumer electronics, computers, luggage, handbags, automotive and telecommunications.

“We are extremely happy with our decision to move to Wayne County,” Electropin President Keith Brenton said. “There is a business-friendly environment here that did not exist in Connecticut.

“Every step of the way, we were met by warm people genuinely interested in our growth and success. We look forward to expanding our operations here and working to contribute to the community.”

Brenton said the company did not have a specific county in mind when the decision was made to move to North Carolina.

“I needed to be somewhat close to a large airport,” he said. “My key employee who moved here wanted to be within an hour or so of his grandchildren who are in Jacksonville,” he said.

Doing internet searches from Connecticut didn’t show a lot of commercial property available, Brenton said.

“We almost bought a real fixer-upper in Mount Olive, but I really decided I didn’t want to dedicate resources to fixing a building,” he said. “Then I toured this building, and the real clincher was meeting my landlord, Glenn Barwick. We hit it off right away, and I nearly immediately felt very welcome.

“I was later on to learn nearly everyone down here makes you feel like that. We struck a deal and Goldsboro was now home to the business. So far, the investment has been in getting the building suitably equipped to run our machines, 480v 3 phase power had to be added as well as air lines and bus ducts.”

One person will be hired to learn both making and setting dies in the machines in the first half of this year.

“If growth continues as it has been, we could be looking at a third person this year,” he said. “We are here for the long haul. I am not moving again.”

The company manufactures with a unique process called automatic die rolling and augments that capacity with a cold heading department that specializes in small parts for the connector industry.

Brenton said the company plans on expanding its cold heading department in the near future, and that will mean investing in several new machines.

Electropin Technologies, LLC was established by Brenton’s grandfather, Bartley E. Hall, and two partners, in a small garage in Shelton, Connecticut, in late 1946.

In 1952, his grandfather bought out the two partners and became the sole owner.

It is a third-generation company with a fourth generation coming on.