Made in North America: TiO
TiO (Turn it On) was born under the foundations of ACTP (Automated Control Technology Partners) with the goal of revolutionizing the home automation industry for the end user. Created with a desire to provide users with "Sophisticated Simplicity," TiO eventually found its way to a North American manufacturing company, Anuva Manufacturing, and the connection stuck. We spoke with TiO President Mike Anderson, about the company's American-made products and manufacturing process.
TI: How did the company start?
Anderson: TiO is the culmination of years of experience as both an integrator and working with manufacturers in the space. Development started in 2012 under the corporate banner of ACTP.
We initially worked with several offshore manufacturing companies, many of whom still manufacture products for our competitors. Our biggest challenge with them was meeting our quality standards for finished goods. Tolerances seemed to be difficult to hold; substandard components were being used; corners were being cut on testing procedures; and on and on. The resulting product delays created financial stress for the company that ended up with ACTP shutting down before ever shipping a product.
In the process of seeking an alternative to offshore vendors, we discovered Anuva Manufacturing almost in our backyard. Anuva liked the product, believed in the market, and wanted TiO to continue, so they stepped in to buy the TiO brand and related assets. This was the formation of Anuva Automation and the vehicle for finishing the TiO product development.
TI: Do you make all of your hardware and software in the U.S.? If so, why do you choose to make everything in America?
Anderson: Yes, everything is designed, developed and manufactured in the USA. We have a talented development team located in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Fla. In fact, we are in the process of moving into a new, expanded facility in Melbourne that will provide us with manufacturing capabilities rivaling the best the world has to offer. We expect to be fully operational in the new facility by the end of 2014.