OKAY Industries expands operations in Costa Rica

OKAY Industries announced today that it expanded its operations in Costa Rica with a new manufacturing facility.

New Britain, Connecticut-based OKAY built a 62,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the new “Evolution Free Zone.” That includes a sustainable, smart manufacturing and life sciences free trade-zone business park in Alajuela Province, Grecia, Costa Rica.

OKAY expects to complete the relocation of its Costa Rica operations in summer 2024. The first phase doubles its current footprint to support capacity growth and demand. Future phases allow an additional expansion of 58,000 square feet. Overall, OKAY expects the expansion to add more than 200 jobs in the area.

“Costa Rica’s strategic location is very attractive for nearshoring needs. Additionally, the new Evolution Free Zone and its integration of community and global standards of excellence aligns with our corporate culture that supports a sustainable workplace environment, sa…

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Okay Industries promotes Mario Chaves Jr. to engineering manager 

Mario Chaves Jr., engineering manager at Okay Industries [Image courtesy of Okay Industries]

Okay Industries (New Britain, Conn.) announced today that it has promoted Mario Chaves Jr. to an engineering manager role overseeing its engineering team in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Chaves joined Okay as a machinist about 10 years ago. Over the years, he worked in production control, purchasing, facilities, IT and other areas, becoming an essential member of the strategic management team.

In his new role, he’ll oversee the Alajuela engineering team’s growth and development, and manage its strategy ad budget.

“During the last decade, Mario has been a model for finding new ways to improve our processes and adding new technologies that have allowed us to become more competitive,” said Sean Stowik, Okay’s director of sales and marketing. “He has also created a strong engineering team that has el…

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