GET TO KNOW AURORA CIRCUITS
CUSTOM PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURERS
INNOVATION AND QUALITY Since 1938
FOUNDED as Kalmus Associates, company began work as a graphic arts business
Company expanded into printed circuits and was a primary supplier to Zenith Electronic and Motorola
BUILT A 38,000 SQ FT FACILITY in Aurora, Illinois which is still in operation today
Global partnerships for Insulated Metal Substrates; Expansion to Polymer Thick Film Resistor Printed Circuit Boards; Developed proprietary processes to produce heavy copper circuit boards
Acquired NATIONAL PRECISION CIRCUITS
High-volume production of INSULATED METAL SUBSTRATES
AURORA CIRCUITS became the company name with an ownership change
High-volume production of POLYMER THICK FILM AND HEAVY COPPER
Acquired ITW Chrono-matic Division
Achieved ISO9001:2001 Certification
Advanced, SELECTIVE DIELECTRIC REMOVAL processing
MULTI-LAYER, HEAVY COPPER CIRCUIT BOARDS in full production
MEET OUR TEAM
Dr. Christopher Kalmus
Chief Executive Officer / President
Chris is a results-driven president with over 30 years of experience growing technology and manufacturing companies whose missions focus on quality enhancement and improvement. He develops programs with positive impact on acquisition, revenue and retention through aggressive demand generation programs, research and development, and heightened awareness of trends in manufacturing.
Chief Operating Officer
Sheetal is a results-driven member of senior leadership team with over 20 years of experience growing technology and manufacturing companies. She develops and implements integrated programs and initiatives in conjunction with the President to have positive impact on acquisition, revenue, and retention through aggressive demand generation programs, research and development.
Director of Sales & Business Development
Brian Zirlin has worked within the technology sector since 2011, assisting clients with numerous best practices, bridging the solution/need gap, and creating longstanding relationships based on service levels and commitment to client success. Brian is leading the sales, marketing and sales enablement efforts at Aurora Circuits.
Director of Production Control
Claudia Santiago was born in Trujillo, a Northern coastal city of Peru and Immigrated to the United States shortly after graduating High School. She holds a AS in Computer Science. Claudia joined the Aurora Circuits team in 2008 as a Customer Service Representative and has since been promoted to Production Control Manager.
Kirsten "KJ" McCann
Director of Marketing , Customer Relations, and Purchasing
Kirsten, known to many people as KJ, joined the Aurora Circuits team in March of 2020. Kirsten holds a BA in Market Research from Elmhurst College and has spent over 5 years in the Ad Agency world. KJ has joined our team to help develop several departments. She works across departments helping to develop marketing, inside sales, purchasing procedures, and human resources.
Sales & Business Development
Thad Bartosz is a well-skilled industry veteran with broad product knowledge from single-sided to multilayer product using standard and specialized materials and processes. In his tenure at Aurora, he has worked to provide customers with a cost competitive solution to their required printed circuit specifications.
Director of Engineering
John Holmquest has worked at Aurora Circuits over 17 years and been involved with circuit board fabrication engineering and quality systems for over 40 years. He believes in knowing the customer’s expectations as well as the requirements in order to provide the best quality for a delivered product.
Quality Assurance Manager
Mike Szydlowski has worked at Aurora Circuits for 8 years and has worked in Quality Management for over 30 years. Mike believes that teamwork and process control are key to satisfying customer’s demands on a consistent basis.
Quality Assurance Specialist
Alex Scott joined the Quality Assurance department at Aurora Circuits in 2021. He holds a BS in Multimedia Communications from Olivet Nazarene University, and has an eye for detail. Alex believes that good communication and teamwork are essential to being able to positively contribute to Aurora Circuits. Alex is a highly motivated, detail-oriented quality control specialist with experience in issue detection.
Keerti-Chand Bhupathi joined our engineering team at Aurora Circuits in September of 2020 and is contributing to our PCB manufacturing process. She holds a Master’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering where she worked on image processing and lane detection.
Eddie holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Grand Valley State University and worked in the circuit board assembly industry before joining Aurora Circuits.
He has 2 years of experience working in the manufacturing setting and enjoys that it offers new challenges daily.
Javier Diaz was born in Cali, Colombia and immigrated to the United States in 2018. He holds a BA in Industrial Engineering. Javier is a Result-oriented, committed, and practical production specialist with nine years of experience in project and product management, employee management, financial planning, and budget management. Expertise includes client relations, process improvement, and market research and analysis.
Rita joined the Aurora Circuits team in February of 2012. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting. With 20+ years of experience, her knowledge of data entry, customer service, and accounting is like no other. Backed by a passion for mathematics, she is the face of Aurora Circuits for many of our customers, vendors, and employees.
One of Our PCB Design Success Stories
Shine On, You Crazy LED Bulb
A board of unusual shape, made for a heat-dissipating LED bulb
LED bulbs need a heat-sink to dissipate thermal energy, which means that LEDs are usually positioned to shine in one direction. But what if you want a light bulb that shines out instead of just up for a more convincing bulb replacement?
This bulb was designed with PCBs in a blade- or fin-style to allow the mounted LEDs to shine out for a well-rounded effect. The PCB-LED mechanism was encased in a bulb that was filled with oil to keep the heat moving to the surface of the bulb, where it could dissipate.
The fins, bulbs, and liquid together managed heat distribution and electrical efficiency while keeping the light shining in all directions. The design made for an illuminating LED bulb that could step in for its older incandescent cousins and keep the lights on for many years to come.
If you're looking for interesting ways to give LEDs a brighter future, let's talk.