FAQs

When was CPI incorporated?
CPI International, Inc. was incorporated in November 2003 in Delaware under the name CPI Acquisition Corp. and was wholly owned at that time by a private equity firm. In January 2004, CPI Acquisition Corp. acquired the business of Communications & Power Industries Holding Corporation and later changed its name to CPI Holdco, Inc. In January 2006, CPI Holdco, Inc. changed its name to CPI International, Inc. CPI International, Inc. is the parent company of Communications & Power Industries LLC.

When was CPI founded?
In 1948, Russell and Sigurd Varian founded Varian Associates, Inc. and introduced the klystron as its first commercial product. Their first products became the progenitors of Communications & Power Industries' current product lines. Over time, Varian Associates developed new devices and uses for its products, including applications for the radar, electronic warfare, communications, medical, industrial and scientific markets. In 1995, a private equity firm, together with members of management, purchased the electron devices business from Varian Associates and formed Communications & Power Industries.

What does CPI do?
Communications & Power Industries LLC develops, manufactures and globally distributes components and subsystems used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for a wide variety of systems including radar, electronic warfare and communications (satellite and point-to-point) systems for military and commercial applications, specialty products for medical diagnostic imaging and the treatment of cancer, as well as microwave and RF energy generating products for various industrial and scientific pursuits.

Who are CPI's customers?
CPI sells its products to both government and commercial customers, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users, and its products are sold in more than 85 countries, primarily through an internal sales force and, in certain circumstances, through external sales forces and distributors. Communications & Power Industries' products are used in several industries and end markets, including the radar, electronic warfare, communications, medical, industrial and scientific markets.

What are CPI's products?
CPI has an extensive portfolio of more than 4,500 products that includes a wide range of electron device products, consisting of vacuum electron devices (VEDs), solid-state devices, medical x-ray generators and various electronic power supply and control equipment, as well as satellite communications amplifiers, advanced antenna technology and advanced composite radomes. Additionally, CPI has developed complementary, more highly integrated subsystems that contain additional components for medical imaging and for satellite communications applications. Typically, CPI's products are used to generate or amplify various forms of electromagnetic energy; transmit, direct, measure and control electromagnetic energy; and/or provide the voltages and currents to power and control devices that generate electromagnetic energy.

Where are CPI's headquarters?
CPI is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif. CPI has manufacturing facilities in California (Palo Alto, Woodland and Camarillo), Massachusetts (Beverly, Clinton, Hudson and Stow), Illinois (Lisle), Pennsylvania (Boalsburg) and Ontario, Canada (Georgetown). In addition, CPI has sales and service centers in more than 40 locations worldwide.

Who are the members of CPI's senior management?
For a listing of CPI’s management, click here.

How many employees does CPI have?
As of October 3, 2014, CPI had approximately 1,800 employees.

Who owns CPI?
In February 2011, an affiliate of Veritas Capital, a private equity investment firm which invests in companies that provide critical products and services to governments worldwide, acquired CPI.

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