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, 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