WEST CHESTER, Pa., February 21, 2008 – MEI has expanded its manufacturing plant in Querétaro, Mexico, to better meet U.S. demand for Conlux® brand products. The Mexican facility will now produce MEI’s line of Conlux bill and coin validators for U.S. OEMs and operators, while MEI’s Sakado, Japan, plant will continue to produce Conlux products for other world markets.
This plant expansion is part of MEI’s corporate initiative to support growing market demand for its Conlux product line, which the company acquired in 2003. MEI will achieve faster, more efficient response times for its U.S. customers. The facility will now manufacture Conlux bill and coin validators, including the NBM-3000 Series bill validators and the CCM5G Series coin changers. The plant is ISO 9001:2000 certified (pending ISO 14001 certification) and conforms to Lean Enterprise principles and the Kaizen method of continuous quality improvement.
“MEI is committed to growing and supporting its Conlux value brand in the U.S.,” said Jeff Jordan, executive vice president of MEI’s global vending and amusement business. “We’re proud that this facility has been able to expand its manufacturing capabilities while at the same time enhancing its environmental stewardship. They have successfully implemented many green initiatives leading toward clean industry certification by the Mexican government.”
MEI, headquartered in West Chester, Pa., holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling over 2 billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill validator, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than 4 million bill validators and 5 million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meigroup.com or call 800-345-8215.