KODA Enterprises Group through its portfolio company V-Tek International acquires A & J Programming

Waltham, MA – April 26, 2024 

For Immediate Release 

KODA Enterprises Group announced today the acquisition of A & J Programming located in San Jose, California. A & J is a leading supplier of programed chips to a variety of industries. A & J specializes in quick turn programming and taping services, taking customers propriety data and programming the blank ICs, making the chips functional for the customer specific application. 

A & J was founded in 1983 by Jim and Annette Howell in response to the growing demand for programming services to the emerging chip-based economy in and around San Jose. Mr. Howell will remain as Director of Operations of the company. A & J will remain a stand-alone operation with only certain back-office functions merging with V-TEK. “Simply put, we take dumb chips and turn them in to smart chips,” said Jim Howell. “We are fortunate to have the who’s who of the industry as our customers, including several Tier 1 defense and security OEMs in addition to every level of contract manufacturers.” continued Mr. Howell. 

“We have known and respected Jim and his company for many years as customer for our automated sorting and inspection equipment and feel the two companies complement each other perfectly” said Mitch Jacobs, President of V-TEK, Inc. “We look forward to working with Jim and his management team in continuing its growth in existing markets and opening up new markets as well,” said Mr. Jacobs. 

V-TEK, Inc. is a leading producer of sophisticated equipment many with vision and robotic capability used for the handling, sorting, inspections, and packaging of micro components including silicon chips and other micro components used in a variety of applications including medical equipment, defense, automotive and others. 

KODA Enterprises Group located in Waltham (MA) is a middle market private investment firm that concentrates on companies in niche markets that have the potential to benefit from the financial strength and operational expertise KODA provides to its portfolio companies. 

For further information contact:

James H. Peden, Chief Operating Officer
KODA Enterprises Group, 423-756-8891  jpeden@koda.com