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Critical Link Named 2018 Economic Champion

Critical Link recognized as 2018 Economic Champion by Centerstate CEOSYRACUSE, N.Y. – Critical Link, LLC is pleased to announce the company’s recent recognition as a 2018 Economic Champion, as selected by Centerstate CEO. Each year Centerstate CEO recognizes the region’s outstanding businesses and organizations as Economic Champions for their contributions, including expanding their employee base, making capital investments due to growth, and receiving local, statewide, or national awards.

This recognition follows on the heels of a number of other awards received by Critical Link this year, including most recently being one of only five electronics engineering companies named to the 2018 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List. In addition, Critical Link was selected by Embedded Advisor magazine as one of the Top 20 Electronics Design & Solutions Providers, as well as presented with a Bronze-level Innovator Award from Vision Systems Design for one of our latest embedded imaging product developments.

According to John Fayos, Co-Founder and President at Critical Link, “In the last few years Critical Link has experienced significant growth, both in overall revenue and in new product sales. 2017 delivered the best performance of the company’s 20-year history — with a 56% year-over-year increase in revenue led by triple digit growth in product sales. For 2018 we expect to build further on that growth with an additional increase of more than 10%.”

The company’s tremendous growth in product sales is being driven by recent investments in research & development, as well as a number of significant contract wins including one with a new customer located in France. This customer selected Critical Link as a key partner to help them design and deliver industrial machine vision inspection systems to one of the world’s top electronics manufacturers. In under 6 months Critical Link designed a custom electronics package, built prototypes, developed and tested software, and successfully delivered the first order of 1,100 units.

“The company’s successful performance on this contract is a testament to our capabilities as both an engineering design house and a worldwide supplier of production-ready solutions,” said Fayos.

For more information on Critical Link’s products or capabilities, visit www.criticallink.com.


Critical Link, LLC (Syracuse, NY; www.criticallink.com) develops embedded systems solutions, system on modules (SOMs), and imaging hardware for industrial electronic applications. The company provides expertise in image sensor technology, system on chip (SoC) and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design, signal processing, and vision protocols for product development through production.

Privately held, Critical Link is a Platinum member of the Intel FPGA Design Services Network and Intel IoT Solutions Alliance, a Platinum member of the Texas Instruments Design Network, and a certified member of the Arrow Consulting Engineering Services (ACES) program.