Orange County, with its burgeoning high-technology industry, will serve as regional headquarters for a leading electronics industry trade group.
The American Electronics Assn.'s office at Brinderson Tower in Irvine will coordinate the group's activities throughout Southern California, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Membership in the AEA's Orange County chapter, one of the fastest-growing in the nation, has climbed from 184 in 1986 to 253 today.
Orange County "really is the center of growth for the electronics industry" in Southern California, said Jefferson Z. Amacker, president of Buena Park-based Leach Corp. and head of the AEA's Orange County Council.