Albert Lee Recognized as “Friend of the Trade Union”

July 11, 2023

Albert Lee—President, Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire Asia—was recently recognized as a “Friend of the Trade Union” by the Suzhou, China High-tech Trade Union for the 2021-2022 cycle.

Being named a ‘Friend of the Trade Union’ is the among the highest levels of commendation awarded by the Trade Union, and only went to nine other individuals. It recognizes Lee as a supporter of labor union work as well as celebrates how he treats the Essex Furukawa employees at the Suzhou plant.


“On behalf of our company labor union, I sincerely thank Mr. Lee’s great support to our labor union work and care for our employees,” Cindy Lang, the Quality Supervisor and Union rep at the plant, said.

His plan had a simple, but heartfelt, purpose; and he worked diligently to increase the quality of life for everyone who works in the plant.

To make that happen, some of the improvements Lee has implemented include:


  • Revamping the lighting in the plant;
  • Renovating employee lounges and facilities;
  • Improving employee meals;
  • Diversifying the work uniform options;
  • Increasing incentives for long-term employees, and
  • Providing additional benefits to employees during extreme weather conditions.

Anny Tang—Director, HR & Admin for Essex Furukawa in Suzhou, said that Lee shows how much he respects and appreciates the work being done in the plant. She added that the union employees respect that about Mr. Lee.

“This honor has a strong connection to Albert and his care for our employees and their well-being,” she said. “Being honored by the government is a high achievement.”

About Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire

Essex Furukawa Magnet Wire LLC is the leading, global provider of magnet wire that is used by most major OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and industry leaders in the automotive, energy, industrial, and commercial & residential sectors. The Atlanta-based company is a global joint venture formed in 2020 between Essex Magnet Wire and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd., both leaders in magnet wire product development, and custom solutions. The combined entity, relying on the strengths of both Essex Magnet Wire and Furukawa Electric, draws on more than two centuries of combined experience and knowledge to push forward innovation while also remaining focused on delivering manufacturing excellence and outstanding customer service.

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