Our Story/History


Over 45 Years of Service

We started making printed circuit boards back in 1972 with a commitment to total customer satisfaction, and have been exceeding customer expectations ever since. Our rapid growth is, we believe, a function of our dependability to deliver high-quality printed circuit boards on time year after year.

What’s In A Name:

I know it seems logical that we chose the name Sunstone because it is the Oregon state Gemstone, but there is more than what meets the eye. As part of the transition to the new owners and management in 2005, our company went through a branding exercise.

During that exercise, we landed on the following core concepts to help with the new name. “Sun” represents a new beginning, a shining start and “Stone” represents the solid foundation already established.

We continue to profess that each day is new. We will embrace it and grow with our solid, experienced team in place.

 

Company Milestones:

  • 1999 - As ECD, pioneered the online PCB ordering process as PCBExpress
  • 2001 - Pioneered real time online quoting by introducing PCBpro
  • 2002 - Changed the CAD tools equation by introducing free-to-use schematic and layout suite, PCB123®
  • 2005 - Sunstone Circuits LLC established through a management buyout of ECD’s circuit board group
  • 2005 - Was first to offer 24/7/365 customer support via phone, email, and live online chat
  • 2005 - Supported RoHS with the addition of an immersion silver offering
  • 2006 - Added CAD file conversion services, E-Test, assembly services, DFM manufacturing check tools, a 25-point DFM review
  • 2010 - Introduced Rogers 4350 material to PCBExpress
  • 2010 - ValueProto PCBs introduced for the value conscience designer
  • 2012 - Updated the PCBExpress product (added slots / cutouts) and design specific drill sizes
  • 2012 - Facility expansion through construction of an 8,000 sq. ft. building to house Admin, HR, Marketing, Sales as well as an exercise room and lunchroom
  • 2013 - Announces the Sunstone On Time Guarantee.  An industry first.  On time or your PCBs are free, No Questions!
  • 2014 - DFMplus Free -(Design for Manufacturability) tool launches. 
  • 2015 - Added lead time flexibility for PCBExpress.  Extended Lead time program
  • 2017 - Launch of the OneQuote form.  Instant online quoting for all your PCB needs in one place.

Our vision for the future

Our team's foresight and innovation has made us leaders in the PCB industry. We're constantly looking for new ways to improve the PCB prototyping process — from pioneering online quoting, to our early adoption of RoHS compliant finishes.

If you have a suggestion for how we may improve our service to you, we want to know about it! Get in touch with our on-site customer support 24/7/365.