Wichita’s Commtech wins contract with U.S. Postal Service for computer board assembly

06/26/2013 5:36 PM

06/26/2013 5:21 PM

Commtech, based in northeast Wichita, has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Postal Service with 24,000 computer board assemblies.

The contract is worth $450,000 and includes an option for the postal service to double the order.

The company, 9011 E. 37th St. North, announced the award Wednesday afternoon.

Deliveries are to begin in April.

Commtech president Arthur Alvis attributes the continued success of Commtech to a positive local business atmosphere and the advantages of being in the Air Capital, he said.

“We use our Citation Mustang to respond to our customers’ needs anywhere in the continental U.S. within a few hours,” Alvis said in a statement. “We successfully compete with much larger foreign and domestic companies because of our commitment to direct customer service.”

Commtech designs and manufactures high-speed data communications equipment for industrial and commercial use.

It manufactures the controls used in the system that monitors the position of the big wheel during the nightly TV game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

Commtech’s products are used on satellite communications systems, railroad trains, equipment at the U.S. Postal Service and on other game shows.

It has built controllers for Union Pacific trains, for NASA’s Orion space program and for the Chinese national railroad.

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