RBB was founded in 1973 in Shreve, Ohio as an industrial engineering services firm. For many years, our engineers designed, assembled and installed control systems for OEMs and other manufacturing environments. Later we expanded to include printed circuit board design and assembly.

By matching our services to client needs, we continued adding capabilities in the ensuing decades. While other CMs pursued high-volume opportunities, RBB learned to say yes to virtually every type of design and assembly in the industry, eventually becoming the supplier of choice for mission-critical applications. We became experts in frequent revisions, unpredictable demand requirements and delivery at the highest quality.

By 2007, we had spotted a new, unique role for the company in an underserved part of the market: small batches. RBB was already well known for this work, but we also ran large batches whenever we could. It was decision time. Rather than become known as a “me too” CM, we took the leap and fully dedicated ourselves to the needs of buyers with large portfolios of repetitive small batches. In response to growing market need for our expertise, RBB has exclusively dedicated itself to small batch production.

Steeped in our rich history of servicing thousands of mission-critical circuit boards, box builds and control panels, RBB is now laser focused on serving the need for recurring small batches of these assemblies at every stage of the product lifecycle. Our approach lowers costs and ensures superior service.

Our Contract Manufacturing Brethren

We consider other CMs to be our colleagues, not our competitors. In fact, some of our best clients are other CMs.

Large batch CMs work with RBB in four ways:

  • They refer unprofitable, small batch assembly clients to RBB. This beats the reputation-damaging “hit the road” speech.
  • They subcontract an OEM’s recurring small batch work (with permission) to RBB.
  • They use RBB as a capacity relief valve for small volume work when their schedule gets tight - by sending us the drawings, a kit and a deadline.
  • RBB readily refers business to large batch CMs as it grows into higher volume needs.

Our Work Environment

RBB employees enjoy a warm and inviting work atmosphere where teamwork and trust are not just platitudes. We are an open-book environment, fully sharing our profitability numbers so that every employee is a business person directly able to affect their profit-sharing checks. This is only possible through adherence to the RBB Behaviors, downloadable here.

Finally, while we welcome employees and clients from all walks of life, RBB recognizes that it is only through our Lord Jesus Christ that we have the privilege to operate this business. We do so in His name.

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