Private equity firm acquires an electronics contract manufacturer specializing in design and manufacture of highly complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies

BALTIMORE and FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. has been acquired by BlackBern Partners LLC, in partnership with Zentech Management and incoming CEO Steve Pudles, the company said in a press release.

Zentech said that Pudles has a 30-year track record of building electronics manufacturing services (EMS) businesses with “industry-leading technology, process, quality, and customer service.” Pudles is a 20-year member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries).

Outgoing Zentech CEO and President, Matt Turpin remains with Zentech as an advisor and investor. All members of the senior management team will remain with Zentech following the  acquisition.

“Matt has built Zentech into an outstanding supplier within the aerospace, defense, medical, and high reliability markets,” Pudles said in a statement. “I have always enjoyed meeting with Matt at IPC events and look forward to his counsel as I begin my CEO tenure at Zentech. I am excited to work with this team to sustain and extend Zentech’s delivery of uncompromising quality product.”

Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. ( is an engineering-driven electronics contract manufacturer specializing in the design and manufacture of highly-complex electronic and RF circuit cards and assemblies.

Zentech maintains several key certifications, including ISO 9001:2015, ITAR (US State Dept.), AS9100 (aerospace), and ISO 13485 (medical). The company is a certified IPC 610 Trusted Source supplier for Class 3 mission-critical electronics and is IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum QML certified. Zentech supports many DoD programs and is NIST 800-171 compliant and an IPC 1791 Trusted Assembler.

The company is headquartered in Baltimore, with subsidiary operations in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

BlackBern Partners LLC is a New York City-based private equity firm that acquires high-performing businesses in the middle market. BlackBern partners with management teams that have a proven track record of success and provides capital to realize organic growth and acquisition opportunities, the company said.

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