Sorenson Engineering, Inc. was founded in 1956 by President Frank Sorenson. Frank grew up with a love for machinery. At age 17, when World War II began, he was running an engine lathe with great proficiency, making parts for Navy destroyers.
After World War II, he returned home and began working with his cousin who owned a Davenport multi-spindle automatic lathe, recognized by many as the world's fastest screw machine. Frank Sorenson made bolts for bicycles, roller skate parts, and plumbing accessories, but was never satisfied with the normal production speed. It was his output, above the norm, which gave rise to his early reputation as one of the best Davenport operators on the West Coast.
In 1950, Frank became the plant superintendent at Papermate, where he was one of five original employees who produced the first retractable ball-point pens. While at Papermate, Frank became familiar with the Swiss machine and its application to precision parts. The Swiss automatic lathes at Sorenson Engineering today represent a major part of the plant equipment.
In 1953, Frank moved to Anja Engineering, where he became a vice president and continued to gain experience with Swiss machines and other related equipment. He was in charge of manufacturing and building special high-speed automatic assembly and inking equipment for refills for ball point pens.
The real beginning, however, was still ahead. On his own, Frank had designed and built a machine for Winco Products that produced knitting needles from aluminum bar stock. During his working career, Frank had managed to save about $16,000 and, in 1956, decided to establish his own business. He purchased his first machine and support equipment for $10,000 and soon rented the basement of what was known as the Overcrest House on Yucaipa Boulevard near the I-10 freeway in Yucaipa, California.
The 1,200-square-foot cellar of his home served the new company well as it grew rapidly during the next six years. Two major orders - one involving potentiometers for Fairchild Control and the other connector parts for Amphenol Western, a division from Chicago - produced a fast return on Mr. Sorenson's investment. In fact, during the first five years, business grew at a rate of 100 to 150 percent annually.
In 1962, the company was running seven Swiss automatics and needed larger quarters. Sorenson Engineering Inc. moved to its current location at 32032 Dunlap Boulevard.
Having introduced several of his own innovations to the machine industry, Frank's many achievements have not gone unnoticed. He has been nominated by the U.S. Small Business Administration as national Vendor of the Year and was named the top candidate from the western region. In 1982, he received the Gold micrometer Award from the National Screw Machine Products Association and has also been honored by Hughes Aircraft for years of superior service.
The current Chief Executive Officer is one of Frank's sons, Dave Sorenson. Dave has led the Company in the development of new and improved technologies since 1987. Dave was the driving force behind the implementation of a "real-time" SPC system in the early 1990s. In the mid 1990s, Dave increased the machining capabilities of Sorenson Engineering, Inc. by bringing in Swiss type CNC equipment. The CNC department has been expanding ever since, now housing 10 DECO machines with capacities to 26 millimeters. Also in the mid 1990s, Dave began to approach the way SEI did business with its customers differently, offering an inventory management program as a service SEI can provide. Currently 65% of SEI's products are supplied under a managed inventory program.
In 2000, a major equipment refurbishment program has begun, with existing Cam equipment being sent to Switzerland for significant upgrades including the latest in bar loader and mechanical components. The goal is to have the entire fleet of Cam machines upgraded to the latest available technologies within 5years.
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