Cheers to 20 Years!

June 10, 2021

By Darrell McDaniel

Our team at NSTAR® Global Services is thrilled to share that we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary in business! In the summer of 2001, we opened our doors for the first time. Just as the semiconductor industry has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, so have we! I also want to give a shout-out to our team. We couldn’t have reached this milestone without their dedication and contributions, and we owe our success to their hard work.

Below are some of our top highlights from across the years:

2001  2005

So, let’s start at the beginning. Our founder and former president, Randy Nelson, set out to start NSTAR with the intention of providing a flexible workforce of technicians and engineers to the semiconductor industry. Randy, along with our leadership team, saw a need in the market, and we set out to meet that demand. Randy had a vision for what NSTAR could become, and leveraged his entrepreneurial experience to build the foundation for our company and the solutions we offer.

In the early days, we had fewer than 10 employees internally. Each year, we improved. Our team expanded, as did our capabilities.

2006 2010

We grew fast. In 2007, NSTAR made the Inc. 500 list, and stayed there for another four years.

In 2009, we were No. 1 on the Inc. 500 list in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. The Research Triangle has always been a dominant location for technology innovation. We’re proud that NSTAR became known for our work in the semiconductor industry, but also as a local leader, all while being recognized at a national level.

That same year, we took on our very first decommissioning project at Qimonda. This milestone proved that we had strong asset relocation capabilities. In later years, our asset relocation division would turn out to be one of the most important components of our business due to our team’s expertise and ability to safely move tools and equipment on time.

Soon, we were noticed by the German engineering and construction firm, M+W Group. In 2010, NSTAR was acquired by M+W Group, to strengthen its high tech services offerings. During this period, M+W Group’s support gave us the tools and resources necessary to reach a more global customer base.

In 2011, we celebrated our 10th anniversary. This milestone meant a lot to us, allowing us to reflect on the past decade, while also looking ahead to what was still to come.

2012 2016

In 2015, it was clear that we had become a critical supplier of specialized labor for North American fabs and foundries. In just 18 months, our revenue grew 500% in this market segment. Our network of semiconductor professionals was by far the largest in the industry, and our customers appreciated the expertise we had built working with them and providing the highly skilled workforce required. It was always our goal to become a natural extension of our customers’ workforce, and we honed in on our ability to support facility services during this time.

Later that year, we proudly accepted recognition from the Department of Defense for being a patriotic employer. One of our employees nominated us for this award, and we’re grateful to have such a supportive team. Putting veterans first and providing opportunities for those transitioning into civilian life always has and will be a priority for us.

2016 was full of activity. In May, I visited Shanghai with M+W Group as part of our global operations.

In July 2016 at SEMICON West, we announced that the facility services we had been developing over the past few years officially became a permanent offering and a core part of our business. Through this new service, we could help new and existing fabs ramp up operations while helping customers save money and reduce risk. At the event, it was evident that the industry was only going to continue gaining momentum, especially for asset relocation. We closed and received multiple POs for projects that week. 

2017 Present

2018 was a big year for us. Once again, we made another big announcement at SEMICON West: our divestiture from M+W Group. While our eight years with M+W was an important part of our history, being an independent, privately held company bolstered our entrepreneurial spirit and increased our competitiveness in the industry.

In 2020, we formally launched our four core services, NSURESM asset relocation, NSITESM facility services, NSHIELDSM equipment services and NSOURCESM direct hire services. In short, we are a team of problem solvers with comprehensive solutions to move your equipment, care for it as well as the facility it belongs in, and provide the people to make it all happen. But we didn’t stop there.

To strengthen NSURE, we launched NSURE TrackSM, which streamlines our process and communications among our team and our customers. We’re able to monitor moves from start to finish, with milestones attached to each project, and updates accessible and available in real time.

In December of that year, we made another announcement that was the first of its kind for us, opening our Boise fabrication facility and training center. We’re excited for the enhanced customer experience, whether it be learning a new skill or having tool and facility support projects run even more smoothly.

Last but not least, 2021 has presented new challenges—but also opportunities—within the semiconductor industry. During this time of impressive demand, which resulted in global chip shortages, taking care of your existing semiconductor equipment to maintain peak performance has never been more vital. See my thoughts on this subject in my recent article with Industrial Equipment News.

Thank you for your support over the last 20 years—cheers to this accomplishment as well as the next 20 years ahead!