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Central Semiconductor Corp.: Jack Radgowski

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In an industry where change is a constant, discrete semiconductor manufacturers need strong leaders to provide guidance and vision to ensure a successful and profitable future. Central Semiconductor Corp. of Hauppauge, New York, has such an individual in its founder and CEO Jack Radgowski.

Founded in 1974 with the mission to continue manufacturing the diminishing germanium devices that were being replaced by the newer silicon devices, Radgowski's vision established a company dedicated to providing a viable alternative to the costly and often unnecessary product redesigns faced by OEMs when another component manufacturer declared a discrete device end of life. Over the past 32 years, Central Semiconductor has proven to be a vital source for not only trailing-edge devices, but also leading-edge devices worldwide.

Recently, Central has received numerous requests for glass-bead rectifiers as a result of shortages from other manufacturers. True to its mission, Central has responded by delivering devices from stock to six weeks. On several item numbers, Central has re-established lines to accommodate these requests.

In addition to consistently manufacturing quality devices, Central has time and again exceeded the specifications of standard devices. Radgowski's passion for exceeding customers' expectations has evolved into a corporate culture devoted to meeting this goal. This continued commitment is a strong indication of a company deep rooted with dedication to servicing its customers. This company is truly led by example, by a steadfast leader who instituted complete customer satisfaction as the cornerstone of Central's philosophy. Radgowski is not willing to compromise on anything less than perfection, and he drives the concepts of perfect quality, continuous improvement and innovation throughout the organization.

Central's employees are all “members” of the Central team, dedicated to complete customer satisfaction. Perfect quality, exceptional service and on-time delivery stand as Central's commitment to its customers. This is clearly evident in the company's outstanding achievement awards, including Discrete Semiconductor Supplier of the Year, which Central received for the second straight year from a leading avionics instrumentation company. Accolades such as these are a true testament to a company's success.

To exist in a largely commodity-based industry, an innovative and efficient new product development team is essential. Central's New Technology Roadmap outlines a path for the development of smaller, more energy-efficient devices. Central's team constantly explores the development of niche devices often overlooked by other manufacturers. The team is ingrained with an inventive philosophy that is key to pushing the limits of new product designs. Success of this development process is evident in the multitude of industry firsts Central has received and how designers recognize Central as a manufacturer of innovative solutions. Central is considered the go-to company that always responds to designers' requests and is willing to engage in a thorough feasibility study.

When you enter Central's headquarters, you find a modern facility with a Class 1000 cleanroom, state-of-the-art test and inspection equipment, and an engineering lab filled with the latest analytical tools and equipment required for developing innovative discrete devices. There's a sense of pioneering energy in the air, with an awareness of the depth of new thought and imagination necessary for the creation of ground-breaking discrete devices. You instantly absorb the excitement and pride of members as they perform their individual tasks with an intrinsic knowledge that they are part of a successful team, meeting the goal of complete customer satisfaction.

Today, Central is a successful company with big ideas and a history of achievements inspired by Radgowski, a visionary with a relentless desire for perfection, exemplified by the company he founded. “Our perpetual challenge is the pursuit of achieving excellence in everything we do, and we strive to accomplish this by utilizing ongoing training for continuous improvement in all areas,” Radgowski explains. “We recognize that customer satisfaction results in repeat business.”

Clearly, Radgowski's philosophy and presence has been the driving force that has guided the long-term success of Central Semiconductor Corp.

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