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Calumet Electronics Welcomes Trey Adams as Vice President and General ManagerNovember 21, 2023 | Calumet Electronics
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Calumet Electronics is proud to announce the appointment of Trey Adams to their team as Vice President, General Manager. Adams, a veteran professional, brings a wealth of experience in PCB manufacturing to Calumet Electronics during a transitional period of growth and advancements.
Adams is no stranger to Calumet Electronics. Prior to accepting an offer from the company, Trey served as VP of Operations at Price Circuits LLC in Chicagoland, where he led a group that produces high-density interconnect (HDI), flex, rigid-flex, and RF products. The facility at which Trey worked is known for its advanced capabilities, distinguishing it from other domestic PCB manufacturing operations.
Before Price Circuits, Adams had a career with top-tier suppliers in the PCB industry, including Insulectro, Rohm Haas/Morton International, and GE Electro-materials. From sales and technical support in laminates to chemistry and film applications, Trey will play a pivotal role in leading all aspects of PCB production at Calumet Electronics.
With a diverse and extensive background in the PCB manufacturing industry, Adams is well-equipped to find and lead opportunities that lie ahead at Calumet Electronics. He is known for his hands-on approach, stemming from his early experience as an operator on the work floor and his small-town upbringing in Southern Illinois. Adams values teamwork and believes in leading by example, ensuring that every decision considers the needs of the entire team.
Adams is excited to start his new chapter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where he and his wife look forward to exploring the beautiful surroundings and establishing a new life in the Houghton area.
“We are thrilled to welcome Trey Adams to the Calumet Electronics team,” said Todd Brassard, Chief Operating Officer at Calumet Electronics. “When we approached him about this position, he already understood the bright future that lies ahead at Calumet Electronics. There was immediate and mutual excitement knowing the opportunities that lie ahead for the company, Trey and the hard-working employees at Calumet. Trey’s expertise will further strengthen our production and position as a leading provider in the industry.”
Calumet Electronics, Schmid Group Collaborate to Establish First-Ever US Advanced Substrate Facility02/13/2024 | SCHMID Group
Calumet Electronics, a leading American printed circuit board manufacturer is pioneering the domestic production of advanced packaging substrates.
In the geopolitical arena, the supply chain lessons learned during the pandemic continue to be addressed with long-range plans as well as short-term stopgaps. In this conversation, David Schild, executive director of the Printed Circuit Board Association of America (PCBAA), provides a progress update on the U.S. CHIPS Act, and some of the fan-out dynamics already playing out. As David explains, there is new investment in PCB fabrication that has nothing to do with the CHIPS Act.
The Department of Defense announced an award of $39.9 million via the Defense Production Act Investment (DPAI) Program to Calumet Electronics Corporation to enhance capabilities to produce High-Density Build-Up (HDBU) substrates, which include High-Density Interconnect Printed Circuit Board (PrCB) cores and HDBU build-up layers.
When I use our analytics to see what’s of most interest to our readers, what comes to the top of list are topics such as sustainability, materials, reshoring, upskilling, and high reliability. It makes sense, doesn’t it? In today’s business climate, we must be ever aware of the impact we’re having on the environment while maintaining a high-quality product that supports our national economic and security interests.
I don’t know everything, but I know one thing: This job is never boring. Here’s just a sample of what we’ve published online in the last week: an article on zero liquid discharge technology, an interview with a flex fabricator about avoiding DFM issues, a feature on the use of AI in smart assembly processes, a news item about investment in advanced substrate development in the U.S., and a story about one woman’s journey in electronics, starting when she learned to solder at 11 years old.