THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - June 20, 2008
Mild temperatures and sunny skies provided the backdrop for a recent companywide picnic at Digi-Key Corporation, as the electronic component distributor commemorated its 35-year relationship with National Semiconductor.
Digi-Key Corporation founder and Chairman Ron Stordahl officially began purchasing components from National Semiconductor for his new distribution business in 1973. Although many of National's parts sold well, it was the sale of thousands of National Semiconductor clock modules that played the most significant role in terms of both sales and profits that fueled Dig-Key's growth during its early, critical years of business. National Semiconductor continued as Digi-Key's dominant supplier for some time, and even after 35 years, National enjoys the rank of fifth largest manufacturer for sales amongst Digi-Key's nearly 400 supplier partners.
"The role that National Semiconductor has played in Digi-Key's success story is an important one," said Digi-Key President and COO Mark Larson. "I am pleased that the occasion commemorating our history was one that included Digi-Key's hard-working and dedicated staff."
"We are proud to have played such an instrumental role in the establishment and success of Digi-Key," said Jennifer Bleakney, vice president of National's Worldwide Distribution and Customer Support. "We look forward to our continued partnership, collaboration and growth."
National Semiconductor creates energy-efficient analog devices and subsystems. Products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, communication interface products and data conversion solutions.
Digi-Key Corporation focuses on providing customers with superior service in terms of product selection, product availability, on-time delivery, and responsiveness. Using streamlined processes and state-of-the-art technologies, Digi-Key serves a global economy from its single 600,000 square foot facility in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Photo inset: "Partners for 35 Years" was the inscription on the clock which was recently presented by Digi-Key Corporation President Mark Larson to National Semiconductor's Jennifer Bleakney, vice president of Worldwide Distribution and Customer Support. A companywide picnic, that included Digi-Key's staff of nearly 2,000, was held at Digi-Key's Thief River Falls headquarters recently to commemorate the relationship between electronic company distributor and National Semiconductor. Pictured (from left) are Dave Doherty, Digi-Key vice president, Semiconductor Product; Dave Anderson, National Semiconductor corporate account manager; Larson and Bleakney; Chris Beeson, Digi-Key vice president, Supplier Management & Volume Business Division; and Paul Dosser, Digi-Key Vice President, Business Development.
About Digi-Key Corporation
Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.