OUR HISTORY

Key Milestones

We work hard to understand our customers and their products inside and out. The foundation of our success today is based on sound practices in our past. Here’s a glimpse of our journey.



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Founding


After years of developing electronic products for others, Toby Klusmeyer, a University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineering graduate, decided to venture out on his own. Toby enjoyed creating products from ideation and saw many of his creations go to market. With a big dream and a small budget, he created Pro-Active Engineering, Inc. in May of 1996.

The dream: to help customers design, develop and bring their products to market fast. The name, Pro-Active Engineering (based on the words Proactive, Professional, Active and Engineering) was the foundation for the can-do attitude, technical expertise, and professional service that customers needed in this quick-time-to-market industry.

Pro-Active had humble beginnings in a 400-sq-ft basement office on Main Street in Sun Prairie.




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Manufacturing Services and New Location



Pro-Active Engineering recognized the opportunity of offering electronic manufacturing as well as engineering services and made a significant investment in manufacturing equipment.

Pro-Active had outgrown its Main Street office and moved to a new 5,000 square foot facility with loading docks at 350 Business Park Drive. This gave Pro-Active flexibility to set up a manufacturing facility with all the disciplines necessary to create an efficient organization. Pro-Active Engineering occupies over 45,000 square feet of the same building today.



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Paul Schwanbeck


Paul Schwanbeck, a small business owner, came to Pro-Active looking for a solution related to reconditioning batteries. The collaboration was effortless, and when Schwanbeck expressed interest in working with Pro-Active, Klusmeyer hired him to help develop Pro-Active’s manufacturing capabilities. Schwanbeck eventually advanced to his current role as Vice-President.




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ISO 9001 Certification


With the implementation of Pro-Active Engineering’s ISO 9001 quality management system, the company continued to improve quality and services to customers. This ensured Pro-Active a place among competitors in the electronic manufacturing services industry.



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ITAR and JCP Certications


In 2017, Pro-Active Engineering became ITAR and JCP certified to serve the government and military sectors.



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Acquisition of Apex Embedded Systems



As Pro-Active Engineering continued to grow, the need to expand the engineering department became evident. To meet increasing customer needs, Pro-Active Engineering acquired Apex Embedded Systems, an engineering firm in Monona, Wisconsin. With Apex staff on board, Pro-Active’s design engineering and software development capabilities increased and years of expertise were added to the team.



Contact


Mon – Fri 8.00AM – 4.30PM

(+1) 608-837-7838

sales@proactivepcb.com

Address



Pro-Active Engineering350 Business Park DrSun Prairie, WI 53590

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