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Our History

  • 1979
    Foundation of Benchmark Electronics and its Engineering Capabilities Benchmark Electronics is founded in Clute, Texas, as a manufacturing subsidiary to Intermedics. The company specializes in low-volume, complex assembly of medical products. The company is simply called “Electronics, Inc.”
  • 1986
    Company is bought out by its management.
  • 1990
    American Stock Exchange IPO is issued for $8.75 a share on the American Stock Exchange, symbol BHE.
  • 1990
    Name expanded to “Benchmark Electronics, Inc.”
  • 1991
    Benchmark’s Plant specialized in Motion Control Engineering opened in 1991 New plant is opened in Beaverton, Ore. Number of employees at the time is approximately 200.
  • 1994
    Headquarters in Texas in 1994 specialized in Electronic Manufacturing Services New headquarters is constructed in Angleton, Texas. Number of employees is about 600.
  • 1996
    Benchmark acquires EMD Associates, located in Winona, Minn. Number of employees reaches about 1,000.
  • 1997
    Benchmark moves to the New York Stock Exchange Benchmark moves BHE to the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1998
    Lockheed Martin Commercial Electronics Company Benchmark acquires the Lockheed Martin Commercial Electronics Company in Hudson, N.H. This adds a presence in the northeast U.S.
  • 1999
    AVEX Electronics Benchmark purchases AVEX Electronics, tripling its workforce to about 4,500 employees, and expanding Benchmark’s footprint throughout the Americas and Asia.
  • 1999
    Stratus Computer Holdings Stratus Computer Holdings, in Dublin, Ireland, is acquired. Benchmark is now officially an international company.
  • 2000
    Benchmark’s Revenue experts in rapid prototyping technology Revenues exceed one billion dollars.
  • 2002
    Benchmark facility in Suzhou, China A new Benchmark facility is constructed in Suzhou, China. This would be the company's first step in developing a presence in Asia.
  • 2002
    Benchmark acquires ACT Manufacturing in Thailand, further growing its global footprint.
  • 2007
    Quantum facility Expert  in Mechatronic Solutions With an acquisition of a former Quantum facility in Penang, Malaysia, Benchmark’s number of employees reaches about 10,000.
  • 2007
    Miniaturization of Electronics Benchmark purchases Pemstar. This bolsters Benchmark’s already-strong engineering skills and adds several more plants in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
  • 2008
    Miniaturization of Electronics and Design for Manufacturability To better serve its customers in the Asian market, Benchmark expands its Suzhou facility.
  • 2009
    Design for Manufacturability Benchmark acquires assets from Oviso Manufacturing. Benchmark’s Precision Technologies is now in four locations.
  • 2009
    Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Benchmark expands its Romanian operation to a new 100,000 square-foot facility.
  • 2010
    Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Benchmark acquires facilities and assets to expand Precision Technology capabilities in Penang, Malaysia, and in the Singapore, Woodlands location.
  • 2011
    Motion Control Engineering Benchmark celebrates its 25th anniversary as a company.
  • 2013
    Electronic Manufacturing Services The acquired EMS segment of CTS is strategically focused on complex, high-mix and low-volume manufacturing in the industrial, aerospace & defense, medical and communications markets.
  • 2013
    Electronic Manufacturing Services This acquisition extends Benchmark's capability to deliver complete manufacturing services and solutions to support the entire life cycle of complex products across all of Benchmark's served markets.
  • 2015
    Industrial Material Handling Equipment The acquisition of Secure Technologies deepens Benchmark’s engineering capabilities and enhances the organization's ability to serve customers in the highly regulated industrial, aerospace and defense markets.
  • 2016
    Defense Engineering Services Benchmark Electronics cofounders and retired board members celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary milestone at the Angleton, Texas, headquarters.
  • 2017
    Defense Engineering Services in  Arizona Benchmark Electronics announces corporate headquarters relocation to Arizona.
  • 2018
    RF Circuit and Miniaturization of Electronics Lark RF Technology Innovation Center moves into new high-speed design and circuit fabrication facility in Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2019
    Benchmark in Arizona Industrial Material Handling Equipment Benchmark moves in to the new HQ in Tempe, AZ.
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