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Schumacher brings added component expertise to Peridot

Peridot Corporation, the Pleasanton, California based small components manufacturer, has announced the hiring of manufacturing engineer Fred Schumacher to assist in directing its process development, establishing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and managing Peridot’s device assembly division. Mr. Schumacher began work at Peridot in July, 2010.

According to Patrick E. Pickerell, President of Peridot Corporation, “Fred brings over 25 years of precision manufacturing and total quality management experience to Peridot. His expertise will help us optimize production and assembly processes, lower costs and assure quality products are delivered to customers on time.”

Prior to joining Peridot, Mr. Schumacher’s experience included Senior Mechanical Technician at Lawrence Livermore, Senior Team Leader at Spectra Physics, and Inventory Control Manager for the Americas at Apple and Tesla Motors. He holds degrees in Mathematics and Business, and an MBA specializing in Technology Management. A published author, Mr. Schumacher has written numerous papers on opto-mechanical systems, fiber optics and ISO processes.

Regarding his new position, Schumacher said, “I chose to come to Peridot because I truly believe that, as a company, it is poised to contribute significantly to the future of the medical device and component industry. And, it is positioned to move quickly in its efforts to do so. Combining the company’s unique capabilities with my skills and experience seemed a perfect fit to me.”

Peridot is a next-generation production partner, offering complete prototyping, fabrication, packaging and distribution capabilities. As a leading fabricator of precision miniature and micro-miniature components, the company has the proven expertise and specialized equipment to help develop, test and manufacture virtually any component.

Founded by Patrick E. Pickerell and Debra Van Sickle, Peridot opened its doors in June 1996. In spring 1999, the company moved into a modern, 6,000 square foot facility with space for 20 employees. Currently, Peridot has an expanded 32,000 square foot building complete with space for R&D and engineering, and employs a dedicated, professional staff of 52. To meet the needs of medical and high-tech clients, Peridot now provides fabrication and assembly services in its ISO 13485:2003 Class 10K clean room, which allows adherence to the exact requirements of contaminant-free manufacture and assembly.

For more information about Peridot, its capabilities, experienced staff or questions regarding small component manufacturing, contact Mr. Pickerell or Ms. Van Sickle at 925.461.8830, or visit Peridot’s web site at


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