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Navitas Systems Bolsters Production Capabilities

WOODRIDGE, Ill., April 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government/military customers, has expanded its manufacturing and engineering organizations by hiring a new Vice President of Manufacturing, Director of Engineering, and Global Supply Chain Manager.
As Navitas continues to grow its portfolio of product offerings, its manufacturing and engineering operations require new levels of leadership and experience. All three hires bring deep experience in establishing and operating manufacturing and engineering operations in both the electronics and the battery industries.

States Mead will serve as Vice President of Manufacturing, effective immediately. Mead possesses over 18 years of Lean Manufacturing and management experience with global oversight, including Six Sigma and Lean Silver Certifications. Mead will be responsible for overall production, quality, engineering, warehouse, and equipment.

"States' background in establishing and growing successful manufacturing operations illustrates our commitment to bringing the best minds to Navitas," said Navitas Systems' Chairman and Founder Alan ElShafei. "States Mead's leadership, reputation and results culminating from his time at the Morey Corporation, Tyco Electronics, and Panasonic provide an immediate upgrade to our manufacturing efforts, positioning us to be a top-tier manufacturer," ElShafei concluded.

Prior to joining Navitas, Mead served many mission critical roles at The Morey Corporation, including Manufacturing Engineering Manager as well as Maintenance and Facilities Managers. He had oversight, and was responsible, for the overall capital equipment, facility growth and expansion projects. He also served in senior positions at both Panasonic Factory Solutions Company of North America and Tyco Electronics, where his primary role was as a Business Unit Leader and Manufacturing Manager for U.S. operations while supporting Mexico, China, and Brazil facilities.

Chad Hartzog joins Navitas as Director of Engineering after a 10 year stint at Enerdel where he served as Senior Manager, Systems Engineering. At Enerdel, Hartzog was instrumental to their engineering growth and had a specific focus on Battery Management Systems and Grid Energy Storage. He was responsible for all system integration and product design and served as the direct customer interface for all phases of design and requirement definition through deployment, installation and commissioning. Hartzog will lead the Navitas Engineering team, overseeing both battery hardware and software development.

Paul Corby joins Navitas as Global Supply Chain Manager, where he oversees all procurement, fulfillment and supply chain logistics. Corby has an impressive background, having served as Executive Director of Global Materials and Logistics at Stant USA Corporation as well as Global Director of Supply Chain and Purchasing at the battery company Dow Kokam. He has led supply chain activities for over eight manufacturing sites in five countries and identified, developed, negotiated with, and sourced complete supply bases in Asia and Europe to support energy sector operations.

"I'm honored that this talented trio has joined the Navitas team and will help build a world class manufacturing and engineering operation. As an innovative company that is growing quickly, I look forward to working with these key hires to implement the manufacturing transformation we are laser focused on," Mil Ovan, President Navitas Systems stated.

About Navitas Systems, LLC

Navitas Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development, and manufacturing of innovative energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial, industrial and government agency customers. Navitas Systems products range from customized energy storage solutions for motive, idle-reduction and defense related applications, along with custom renewable energy integrated power systems, to standard products like lithium based lead-acid replacement batteries. Our ruggedized lithium energy storage products are the perfect choice for any high-performance multi-cell battery application that requires lower weight, reduced volume, massively increased cycle life, higher efficiency, and environmental durability.

Navitas is headquartered in a state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility in Woodridge, Illinois. In early 2012, the company acquired the Government Solutions Group of lithium battery manufacturer A123 Systems. With this acquired major research facility located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with strong local and offshore partners and solid financial stability, Navitas is well positioned to continue serving the energy products and power electronics needs of major worldwide customers.

From advanced R &D, safe/high energy cell design, in-house electronics manufacturing and cable assemblies, to sophisticated battery pack assembly, Navitas Systems is your one-stop shop for comprehensive energy and power electronics solutions. For more information visit www.navitassys.com and follow @Navitas_Systems on Twitter.

CONTACT: Janice Tucker (630) 755-7920 Jtucker@navitassys.comSource: Navitas Systems