Collaboration, Creativity, and Intelligent Design
Despite our varying backgrounds and experiences, there’s one idea that unites the KDI team: we love to solve tough problems. Our team of engineering and manufacturing professionals work together to find innovative solutions to any problem. Collectively, our engineering team has 50+ years of experience in precision manufacturing.
About KDI: A Unique History
KDI, aka. Kluge Design Inc. (pronounced KLOO-GEE) was founded in 1982 by two engineers, Doug Kluge and Glenn Campbell. Their focus was designing and building custom automation equipment.
One of KDI’s early customers was a local consumer products manufacturer. The relationship with this customer expanded and KDI helped design and develop a revolutionary new consumer product for them. This led to the customer asking if KDI would be willing to set up and operate a production line for the product. Within a year of establishing Kluge Design Inc., the company’s focus shifted to contract manufacturing.
In 1994 KDI started building medical devices and since that time have focused on the medical device industry. Today over 65% of the products that KDI builds are medical or healthcare related.
Over the years KDI has added CNC vertical milling and turning centers, laser marking, wire harness and cable assembly/test and other capabilities to support customer’s needs. ISO 13485 and 9001 registrations were received in 2002. Additionally, KDI is registered with the FDA as a contract manufacturer for seven finished devices. No findings were issued in a recent (December 2015) FDA audit.
Today the company is privately owned by Glenn Campbell, Steve McKeown and Ernie Pavlisich and enjoys a broad and diverse customer base. KDI builds over 80 finished devices and assemblies for 26 different customers on an annual basis. We are known for solving challenging design, automation and manufacturing problems and for our ability to efficiently build complex, electrical/ mechanical, high mix low volume products.
Our team is always excited to learn about new projects. Contact us today to get the conversation started.
Founder, Director of Engineering
Glenn has been designing products, equipment and automation controls since he was 18 years old. He has 40 years of engineering experience with pneumatics, hydraulics, PLC controls and mechanical & electrical engineering. With more than 20 patents and copyrights issued to him (and our customers), he has designed cutting edge DNA purification systems, blood platelet separation centrifuges and thin film sputtering equipment – to name a few technologies.
Steve joined KDI in 1988 as Quality Manager and has advanced through the operations side of the company to the current position of President. Prior to KDI, Steve worked at Medtronic Cardiac Pacing in supplier quality engineering. Before that he held quality related positions in manufacturing at Sperry/ Unisys building commercial main frame computers and shipboard computers for the United States Navy. Connect with Steve on Linkedin >
Director of Quality
Ernie joined KDI in 2002. Prior to KDI he has 20 years of quality engineering/management experience in the defense industry with Alliant Techsystems. He also held senior quality positions in the telecommunication industry. Ernie’s experiences and training with high reliability products (tank munitions, telecom and medical devices) provide KDI with mature and calm leadership for complex relationships with customers and regulatory agencies. Connect with Ernie on Linkedin >