Historical Highlights

  • 1946 Returning from military service in the South Pacific during World War II, Frank Sorenson is employed as a machinist on Davenport multi spindle automatic lathes
  • 1950 Frank Sorenson becomes a member of the founding team of the Paper Mate Pen Company, playing a key role in launching the first commercially successful design, mass production,  and marketing of ball point pens
  • 1953 Advancing his career in the ball point pen industry Frank Sorenson moves to Anja Engineering as Vice President of Manufacturing
  • 1956 Sorenson Engineering is established by Frank & Joyce Sorenson and operates for 6 months on leased floor space in Banning, California
  • 1957 Business and family moved and co-located in a residential home in Yucaipa, California with family members  serving as working staff for the new business
  • 1962 Company growth and expansion requires additional space resulting in move to current  location on Dunlap Boulevard, in Yucaipa, and building of new 1800 square foot facility  to accommodate growing business
  • 1971 US Patent issued for Automatic Screw Machine Sub Spindle Attachment
  • 1972 US Patent issued for Universal Secondary Operation Machine
  • 1974 US Patent issued for Polygon Machining Attachment
  • 1992 David Sorenson assumes role as CEO
  • 2005 Certification to ISO 2000:9001
  • 2006 Sorenson Engineering 50th Anniversary
  • 2011 Gold Plating Process & Facilities established
  • 2012 AS9100C Certification
  • 2013 Nadcap Certification: Plating
  • 2014 Quick Response (QRP) operation established
  • 2015 Nadcap Certification: Heat Treatment & Induction Zone Anneal  
  • 2016 Sorenson Engineering 60th Anniversary