Hauppauge-based company set to bring over 1,000 jobs to LI over next 5 years

Orbic Electronic Manufacturing LLC makes several electronic devices, including cellphones, Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots and even a 5G bike among other products.

Jon Dowding

Dec 28, 2023, 3:31 AM

Updated 203 days ago

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A Hauppauge-based company hopes to bring over 1,000 jobs over the next five years by moving its manufacturing from China to Long Island.
Orbic Electronic Manufacturing LLC makes several electronic devices, including cellphones, Chromebooks, Wi-Fi hotspots and even a 5G bike among other products.
The multiphased plan includes renovating their current location in Hauppauge, as well as expanding into two other locations in Hauppauge and one other in Bay Shore.
President and CEO Mike Narula said supply chain impacts from the pandemic and customer input fueled the decision to bring manufacturing to Long Island.
"The right move is to start manufacturing products here,” he said. "Now, when you're able to manufacture these devices here, you're controlling the supply chain, you maintain the integrity and the quality of the product. That's where I feel you're differentiating against competition."
Narula says demand for the devices they make will only increase as time goes on. He says manufacturing American-made products creates greater value and boosts consumer confidence compared to importing products from China.
"It's a peace of mind for our customers, for them to know that the software and the servers are all housed here in the U.S. and under a controlled environment,” said Narula.
Hofstra University Adjunct Associate Professor Martin Melkonian says the move could bring more manufacturing jobs to the island.
"It's a positive development, it seems to me. And certainly there are incentives for manufacturers to continue to build in the United States and hopefully on Long Island,” he said.
With a starting salary of $46,000, Melkonian says Orbics could have a hard time attracting job seekers.
"At least $10,000 more than that. We're talking about maybe $55,000 to $56,000 as a beginning salary and particularly because of the inflation we've suffered,” said Melkonian.
Orbic says the company is developing a program with Queensborough Community College to provide students with relevant, on-the-job training.
The first round of hiring should start next year.


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