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88 The PCB Magazine • March 2017 1 Help Wanted! Our 2017 Industry Hiring Survey This month we conducted an industry survey on plans for hiring during the year. We started by simply asking, "Do you plan to hire ad- ditional people this year?" More than half of the respon- dents answered yes, while about a third said no—which we take as an optimistic sign that our industry plans to expand in 2017. 2 Flex Talk: Final Surface Finish—How Do You Choose? There are so many final surface finish options to choose from today. How do you decide which is best? HASL—both tin- lead and lead-free— immersion tin, immersion silver, ENIG, OSP, and ENIPIG are the primary finishes used in PCB fabrication. 3 Weiner's World— January 2017 This month's column is a bit shorter than usual as we pre- pare for next month's IPC APEX EXPO and its Execu- tive Forum for PCB fabrica- tors and their supply chain. This month also marks the 65th anniversary of Epec LLC in New Bedford, Mas- sachusetts. The company, founded in 1952, is the oldest printed circuit fabricator in North America. 4 Cirtech Names John Stine as Vice President of Operations John will oversee the day- to-day operations to sup- port the growth and profit- ability of Cirtech. John will focus on strategic planning and goal setting, as well as provide leadership to en- hance our overall perfor- mance and customer ser- vice experience. TOP TEN Recent Highlights from PCB007

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