People-Driven Service

“People satisfy customers.”
Gary Burnett, President & CEO of Burton EMS

You should expect zero defects, on-time delivery, and competitive costs from any reputable electronics supplier or manufacturer. What sets Burton apart is our culture that puts people at the center of everything we do.

What does people-driven mean for our customers?

We communicate.

We listen, we ask questions, and then we listen again. We avoid too much jargon. And we keep in touch until you’re completely satisfied.

We value teamwork.

Our design, engineering, and manufacturing teams constantly confer and communicate. We do the same with you because as a customer, you’re a part of our team.  

We solve problems.

To us, a good relationship means we’re solving your problems before they become problems for you. Every team member treats customer problems as if they were their own.

We have integrity.

We’re honest. We make the best recommendations we can and we always try to do the right thing. We keep our word.

Purpose

We are a manufacturing partner that provides our OEM customers, their people and their customers a promise of a better life by focusing on making them successful.

Vision and Culture

  • We will be each customer’s best supplier and partner.
  • Devotion for Customer.
  • Devotion for Team.
  • Our Team is unified.
  • Our attitude is positive.
  • We are the most desired workplace.
  • Our brand is known for trust, loyalty, integrity, service and solutions.
  • We will provide positive impact to the EMS industry.
  • We are alive with a never-ending passion for Continuous Improvement.

Mission

Provide superior service and value to every customer in order to enhance their success and their position in the marketplace.

Our Values

Our values are traditional and straightforward. We believe in:

Honesty

Integrity

Trust

Hard Work

Excellence in
All We Do

Respect Others and Our Team

Love of Family

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Love of Country

For more than four decades, everyone at Burton has followed a simple business model: if we help Burton customers become more competitive, our business will grow.

A family-owned company, Burton has its headquarters in Hazelhurst, WI and two manufacturing plants in Ironwood, MI. With a Midwestern work ethic and some of the lowest costs in the region, we’re redefining contract manufacturing. Specializing in high-mix, variable-demand projects, Burton has the expertise to support your full product lifecycle, from development through end-market support services.

We make your life easier by making your products better. We start by delving into your product and processes, finding out what keeps you up at night. Whether it’s product quality, responding to variable demand, or achieving cost reductions, we roll up our sleeves and get to work solving the issues.

Why We Love Working at Burton

Leadership

Gary Burnett, Sr.

President & CEO

Mark Leman

Vice President & CFO

Gary Burnett, Jr.

Vice President of Operations

Rosemary Simon Kazik

Human Resource Director

Carrie Witzel-Crook

Director of Business Development

Our History

1978
Burton Industries was started by Edward Leman and James Treiterer, with a small operation in New Berlin, WI. Ed’s background was in manufacturing and Jim’s was in aerospace test engineering. We helped pioneer the introduction of automotive electronics in our initial contract manufacturing projects.
1978
Early 1980s
We moved to a larger facility in Minocqua, WI. From the very beginning we were committed to exceptional quality and customer service. We believed in partnership and adding value before they become industry buzzwords in the 90s.
Early 1980s
Early 1990s
We built a new 6,500 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Hazelhurst, WI and added what was then known as SMD assembly. We helped change the business model from built-to-print board stuffing to the turnkey, engineering-intensive model seen today.
Early 1990s
1997
Operational control of the company passed to Gary Burnett, Sr. Mark Leman also joined that year.
1997
2006/2007
We expanded the Ironwood, MI facility to 20,000 sq. ft. to increase our box build capabilities and other value-added services, such as testing and Lean manufacturing activities.
2006/2007
2010/2011
We laid the foundation for expanded design and engineering services, began industry-specific quality certification, and established the WIN Alliance of custom component suppliers to better serve the needs of our customers looking for total solutions.
2010/2011
2013
We celebrated our 35th anniversary, thanks to the support of customers who trust us, associates who enjoy working here, and suppliers who are as committed to service as we are.
2013
2018
40TH Anniversary – In 2018, Burton Industries celebrated our 40th year in operation in serving our customers. The year included the addition of equipment to support growth, including a water wash system and an Orissa Synchrodex selective solder system to accommodate higher volume orders.
2018
2021
Expansion: 2021 marks a year of change for Burton. Burton Industries officially becomes Burton EMS. In addition, Burton completes the purchase of a second manufacturing facility in Ironwood dedicated to growing advanced manufacturing capabilities.
2021

Community

When a company thrives, so do their people and their community

Burton is inspired by smart, hard-working people. As a 43-year-old, second-generation-owned small business, our culture and values are centered around jobs and families. Our commitment to community, the environment and people drive everything we do.

This creates a culture that strives for perfection and a team who will always do the right thing.

Environmental Compliance
Burton meets or exceeds all environmental regulations in the locations where we operate. We also support our customers’ needs in providing the documentation and disclosures associated with RoHS, RoHS II, Conflict Minerals and similar legislation. Our engineering team is happy to support your company’s redesign efforts to eliminate the use of components containing materials deemed hazardous.

Corporate Good Citizenship
We believe in the Golden Rule. We honor our contracts, conduct our business with the highest ethical standards, maintain a safe and non-discriminatory workplace, treat our associates well, and contribute to many worthwhile community causes.