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Calumet Electronics further positions itself as an industry leader in the printed circuit board and IC substrate engineering for the defense industry with its recent IPC-1791 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) recertification. This designation affirms Calumet's commitment to securing trusted domestic supply chains within the U.S. electronics industry, a critical component of rebuilding and restoring the U.S. industrial base. Calumet Electronics was one of three pilot companies to earn accreditation when the standard was first introduced.
"Trust is an absolutely critical component of our partnerships with defense OEMs and the Department of Defense," said Todd Brassard, Calumet Electronics VP/COO. "The IPC-1791 QML offers additional evidence of our readiness and ability to handle the most sensitive information and technologies." Additional certifications and accreditations held by Calumet include SBA HUBZone, Nadcap Merit Status, AS9100D (NSF ISR), and MIL-PRF-31032/55110 certifications.
IPC standards such as IPC-1791 QML help ensure superior quality, reliability, and consistency in electronics manufacturing. To achieve the status of a trusted supplier, manufacturing facilities are rigorously vetted and undergo an intensive audit process. Stringent requirements for this certification include reviews of a company’s systems, including product and quality, supply chain risk management, facility security, cybersecurity (NIST 800-171), and compliance to export control laws such as ITAR and EAR.
Calumet Electronics enables the advancement of electronic systems for defense and other mission-critical industries, enabling the manufacturing of next-generation electronics within the United States with additive and other advanced manufacturing technologies. The company leads the industry in evolving domestically produced technologies like IC Substrates, Ultra-High Density Interconnection (UHDI) Printed Circuit Boards for applications such as advanced radar and communication systems for DoD OEMs.
In addition to technological advances, HUBZone certified Calumet Electronics is growing its operations to accommodate higher demand from a strengthening domestic industry. A recent campus expansion added 45,000 square feet of manufacturing space, and acquisition of historic copper mining era structures provide spaces for a new headquarters, administration building, and expanded manufacturing. Calumet received three awards in 2021 for its contributions to the electronics industry: IPC Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award, IPC Rising Star Award (presented Audra Thurston, the leader of Calumet’s R&D team), and the Northrop Grumman World Class Team Supplier award.