Angie Nett

Sorenson Engineering Excels for the World Right Here in Yucaipa

By Claire Teeters


      Angie Nett, Director of Human Resources for Sorenson Engineering, provided a top rate program at the Mousley Museum of Yucaipa History on Sept. 8. She had the crowd enraptured with the micro-technology that Sorenson Engineering provides right here in Yucaipa on Dunlap Boulevard. Sorenson Engineering, which was established in 1956 by Frank Sorenson and currently has 320 employees in 12 buildings on its ±17 acres. Sorenson Engineering capabilities include Micro Machining, Manufacturing, Plating, Contact Marking, Assembly Processes & Engineering Services.

      In 1946, Sorenson returned from military service in the South Pacific and gained employment as a machinist on Davenport multi spindle automatic lathes. In 1950, he became a member of the founding team of Paper Mate Pen Company, playing a key role in the first commercially successful design for ball point pens. In 1956 Frank and his wife Joyce established Sorenson Engineering. Later that year, they moved to Yucaipa and set up shop in the family home. In 1961, Frank Sorenson purchased a building at the current location. Later, he began purchasing adjacent properties and built the iconic round building you see on the site today. Frank Sorenson held several patents in 1971-1974.  The company added the gold plating facility in 2011. Future plans include a new larger receiving building with upgraded delivery access, as well as a large parking lot at Avenue E with added security gates.

     The core values for Sorenson Engineering continue to be to pursue quality excellence, and to promote growth and learning opportunities for its employees. Sorenson Engineering is certified for its high standard of excellence and services the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, medical, dental and automotive markets. In fact, there are Sorenson Engineering parts on the Mars rover, “Curiosity”, and the Apache helicopter.  

     Nett aired a video of Sorenson’s equipment that is patented and known as high speed and of the highest quality. The ultra-precise connectors are produced in both short and high volume with complex proprietary resources including robotic equipment.

     Nett displayed samples of the products with the crowd currently being produced at the facility and the crowd was fascinated with the designs and gold plated components.  At the end of the presentation, there was an accord that Frank Sorensen was a genius that continues today right here in Yucaipa.

The San Bernardino County Museum is partnering with members of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society
to conduct monthly tours of the Yucaipa Adobe,
located at 32183 Kentucky Street in Yucaipa.
Drop-in tours will be the third Sunday of every month, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
General Admission:
Adults  $5
Military or Senior $4
Student or Child $2.50
Children Under 5 are Free!