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Patton Taps Rich Coursey to Lead its New Contract Engineering, Design, and Manufacturing Division


Patton has selected the former NRL owner and CMO, Rich Coursey, to lead sales initiatives and business development for its recently-launched contract design and manufacturing division.

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GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND: Patton—Maryland-based designer and US manufacturer of high-technology and electronic communications products—has appointed Rich Coursey, former owner and Chief Marketing Officer of NRL, to lead business development for its newly-launched onshore, brick-and-mortar, design and manufacturing service, which is supported by Patton’s hardware and software engineering team.

Title. As Director of Sales, Special Projects, and Contract Services at Patton, Rich Coursey is tasked with developing new opportunities for contract product design and development, manufacturing, and other Special Projects..

More Muscle. “We decided to apply a little more muscle into addressing the market demand for our engineering and manufacturing competencies,” said Bobby Patton, President and CEO at Patton. “His sales record has proven that Rich has the muscle for that mission.”

Sales. As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at NRL & Associates—one of the largest custom manufacturers in Maryland—Coursey developed business with the likes of GE and Northrop Grumman.

Skills. Mr. Coursey brings over 20 years’ experience in state-of-the-art, high-tech machine fabrication and final-assembly of systems—including strict-tolerance, custom-engineered products in metals, plastics, wood, and composite materials. 

Shifting. “Manufacturing continues to see a shift away from Asian sources – a trend that is particularly strong in military and industrial markets where the need to reduce risk is most critical,” Bobby Patton said.

Trending. The announcement of Coursey’s appointment at Patton comes during a resurgence of reshoring/onshoring among US manufacturing companies driven by rising demand for onshore US fabrication with the supply chain protection it offers. According to SmithSchafer the US manufacturing sector grew for 24 consecutive months as of August 2022. 

The business activity is well-described on Patton’s’ web page: DESIGN, ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING SERVICES.

Onshoring. As a strategy for supply chain resilience, moving manufacturing to the US reduces dependence on easily-disrupted trade routes such as China, Wolters Kluwer reports.

Long Trajectory. Patton has been designing and manufacturing its own brands of networking and communication technology products since 1981. 

Market Segments. Now, leveraging US-centric capabilities under one roof, Patton offers technology design and manufacturing services to customers in communications, robotics, aerospace, healthcare, defense, healthcare, power, and security sectors.

About Patton

Patton designs and manufactures high-quality communications equipment including networking, telecom, ProAV, and IoT products—all made in the USA. Incorporated in 1984 and headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, Patton provides right-priced products and services for carrier, enterprise, government, and industrial markets.

Patton’s advanced technologies help organizations preserve investments in legacy systems while facilitating the transition to ALL-IP—and the convergence of all communication modalities. Patton's electronics contract manufacturing services (ECMS) and special projects group (SPG) offer customized contract engineering, hardware and software design, elctro-mechanical assembly and manufacturing.

Leveraging virtualization, SDN, SD-WAN, and NFV, Patton cloud provides touchless provisioning and edge-orchestration services. With decades of technology expertise in unified communications, network access & connectivity, industrial networking, and software & cloud, Patton’s world-class support team stands ready to help get you connected and running for years to come.

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