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725 Nicholas Blvd. | Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 | www.twistedtraces.com


Today, Twisted Traces is all about bringing its customer’s printed circuit board ideas to reality. But, as owner and founder, Brian Steelglove, explains, the company began out of a need to have higher quality boards in a timely fashion. “We were tired of waiting for the boards to come from overseas, so we decided to buy our own manufacturing facility and make our own circuit boards.” Chris Cadero, sales engineer for the company, adds, “There’s a lot of suppliers of bare boards that come from China. We are all about re-shoring, bringing the boards back home.”

Steelglove, who is also the owner and founder of Accelerated Assemblies, an industry leader in printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies, purchased Twisted Traces back in 2011 to ensure that he had access to boards with higher quality standards, lower costs, and quicker turn times. Twisted Traces serves all kinds of customers from original equipment manufacturers to very small companies and hobbyists, even. “We have helped a lot of startups over the years. I would have been out of business if some companies hadn’t worked with me in the beginning,” says Steelglove. “Now, we try to do the same for others.”

Regarding the company’s uniqueness, Cadero says, “Quality, cost, and on-time delivery have been critical to our success, but I think it’s our customer service that sets us apart. Every sales question goes directly to my cell phone. Even if a call or email comes in late at night, the customer gets a response.” Among the many services that Twisted Traces offers is co-op panel prototyping and assembly. Steelglove explains, “Instead of taking each individual board as a separate entity, we take the whole group of boards and treat them as one larger panel. This spreads the cost across multiple customers, thus lowering costs for each one.”