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Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (WTAAC)

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Data & Voice Switch Manufacturer

This company designs, manufactures and markets Ethernet data & voice switches for telecommunications carriers, equipment manufacturers, and system integrators worldwide.

During the 2 years prior to certification, the company suffered significantly reduced annual sales and operating losses due to increasing foreign competition, primarily from China. As a direct result, annual sales decreased 8%, employment decreased 10% and incurred operating losses during this period.

The company, with assistance from the University of Southern California’s Western Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (Western TAAC) became certified as trade impacted by the US Dept. of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) in July of 2006.

Western TAAC and the firm's management developed a strategy focusing on establish the company as the global leader in Ethernet switching solutions for modular platforms. The strategy focuses on providing the highest quality products for the Carrier Grade and Service Provider markets.

The company has successfully completed its participation in the implementation phase of the TAA Program. During this period the Company, with Western TAAC assistance, implemented its product design engineering project. The benefits from this assistance will be realized over the next 12 months.

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