Please read our latest Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter, which includes:

  • Tecate Facility Adds Capabilities, Navigates COVID-19 Challenges
  • A Message from P. Michael Stoehr, CEO
  • Milwaukee Electronics Universal Test Platform Reduces Cost of Test
  • Milwaukee Electronics Adding New EMS Customers

Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q2 2020

This article will be continually updated with our most current status. 
Milwaukee Electronics is open to support your manufacturing needs.

As of June 02, 2020:


Milwaukee Electronics would like to Thank You. Your patience and flexibility over the past months, has helped us to keep our workforce safe, while meeting your ongoing needs.

Important and unchanged:

  • Our Screaming Circuits division is delivering orders on-time 98% of the time.
  • Milwaukee Electronics is open to serve your manufacturing needs.
  • We are no longer accepting in-person drop offs, will-call pickups or any carriers other than UPS, FedEx and USPS. UPS, FedEx or USPS are our only options for pick up or delivery.
  • We continue to follow the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 best practices for cleaning, disinfecting, social distancing, use of facial covering, and work from home where possible.
  • Electronics related to the fight against COVID-19 will be given priority. Our Portland, Oregon facility is certified to ISO-13485 for medical electronics manufacturing. Please let us know if you are requesting medical electronics.

Additional detail:

  • Our Screaming Circuits prototype and on-Demand manufacturing division has temporarily suspended its delivery guarantee (read more here)
  • The designers in our San Diego PCB Design PCB layout division are all working remotely and have full capacity available.

Our priority through this crisis is to keep our workforce safe and continue to serve our customers. We have enacted COVID-19 response best practices, including aggressive cleaning, work from home where possible, and social distancing to ensure that we will continue to be able to meet both of those objectives.

  • For the latest status update for our Screaming Circuits prototype and on-demand manufacturing division, please see:
  • For the latest status updates for our San Diego PCB Design PCB layout group, please see:

According to the most recent Federal Government guidance, as stated in the Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity-Infrastructure guidelines, manufacturing is a part of the “essential critical infrastructure” workforce during the COVID-19 response. More information is available at:


For the latest status update for our Screaming Circuits prototype and on-demand manufacturing division, please see:

For the latest status updates for our San Diego PCB Design PCB layout group, please see:

Please read our latest Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter, which includes:

  • Production Teams Show Agility In COVID Response
  • A Message from Rick McClain, President & COO
  • Portland, OR Facility Adds Equipment
  • Milwaukee, WI Facility Adds Work Cell Flexibility

Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter April 2020


Milwaukee, Wisconsin — February 25, 2020 — Milwaukee Electronics and subsidiary Automation Controls Group will reveal its line of  UniDrive® ZoneLogixTM controllers at MODEX 2020 ZoneLogixTM and ZoneLogix PROTM zero pressure accumulation (ZPA)/ZLP) controllers provide end-users, systems integrators and conveyor OEMs with the advantages of ZPA/ZLP with or without PLC interface.

Designed to operate seamlessly with the UniDrive flagship line of Brushless DC conveyor motors, the ZoneLogix controller line provides a new level of product and zoned-system control, without the need to directly wire PLCs to each zone.

The first North American showing of ZoneLogix under the UniDrive brand, will be at MODEX 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 9-12, 2020, at Booth #6094 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

UniDrive ZoneLogix Press Release Feb 2020


Milwaukee Electronics is closely monitoring the impacts of the coronavirus in China and elsewhere. At present, we anticipate only minimal impacts on our supply chain and our ability to deliver products to our customers.
The situation, however, is fluid and could change on short notice.
We are gathering information from suppliers with China based manufacturing and those with supply chains that rely on China output. While we have yet to be notified of any specific delays, we expect that any extended closures could result in shipping delays of products or components manufactured in China.
In addition, the Milwaukee Electronics Singapore office and our overall supply chain strategy focuses on direct relationships with our offshore (not just China) factories for improved transparency. We are getting information directly from the local factories, in the local language, and are keeping a close pulse on this situation.
Here are a few details that we do know:
  • Chinese New Year shutdown was extended unilaterally by one week until February 10th by the Chinese government
  • Hubei Province Chinese New Year shutdown has been extended indefinitely
  • Late last week, the Chinese government put in additional restrictions which require manufacturers to pass a government issued inspection prior to opening back up
  • These inspections are now backlogged with little communication on the future schedule
  • In addition to this, there are significant travel restrictions which has prevented workers from returning
  • These impacts are very supplier unique; we have some suppliers as low as 45% people capacity and some as high as 75%
  • Air shipments are being impacted as 90% of the passenger capacity between China and the rest of the world has been cancelled until the end of March at earliest. Passenger places account for approximately 45% of freight capacity as goods are shipped in the belly of the planes
  • Chinese ports are open, but trucking companies are just beginning to ramp up volume
It is important to note that Milwaukee Electronics has no manufacturing locations in China.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your local Program Managers or Milwaukee Electronics contact.

Please read our latest Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter, which includes:

  • A Message from Rick McClain, President
  • Milwaukee Electronics Adds Customers in All 3 Facilities
  • San Diego PCB Design’s Love of New Challenges


Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q4 2019


Due to a recent US Supreme Court decision, sales tax rules on interstate commerce are changing. This means that very soon Milwaukee Electronics, including divisions Screaming Circuits, San Diego PCB Design and Automation Controls Group, will need to collect sales tax on all shipments into US states that we are registered to collect tax in. This impacts sales conducted over the Internet as well as non-Internet business. It impacts products we manufacture and services we provide. Organizations that are exempt from payment of sales tax will need to present proof of exemption.

Prior to this ruling, anyone in states that levy a sales tax was responsible for reaching out to their state and paying any sales tax liability directly unless Milwaukee Electronics had some form of physical presence in the state (for example, our Screaming Circuits division has been collecting California state sales tax for a while now due to the presence of California based sales reps).

The US Supreme Court ruling has already taken effect, and that effect is that individual states are able to define their own economic nexus based on a specified level of business activity.

As a result of the Supreme Court decision, individual states can now set their own definitions of economic nexus. We at Milwaukee Electronics, and divisions, are responsible for collecting taxes in states where we meet or exceed the economic nexus threshold. This applies to any business transaction with product shipping or services provided to those states, and the tax and liability is based on the shipping destination. None of this applies if your order is shipped to destinations outside the USA.

If you are exempt from paying sales tax, you can provide an exemption certificate from your state(s). Customers working with our Milwaukee, Tecate, San Diego and ACG branches, please send certificates to “” Portland EMS customers, please send certificates to “” Use the email subject line: “Tax Exemption Certificate.”

The short of it:

  • Starting very soon, Milwaukee Electronics, Screaming Circuits, San Diego PCB Design and Automation Controls Group will be collecting sales tax for all deliveries to states in which we are registered to collect sales tax.
  • If you are exempt from paying sales tax, please send us a copy of your tax exemption certificate(s) for any states that you have us ship product or deliver services to.
  • It is based on where we ship the boards or provide the service, not necessarily where you live.

You can read all 40 pages of the Supreme Court ruling here:

Please note that we can not give legal advice on this matter nor can we help you acquire the certificate from your state(s). If you have more questions about how this affects doing business with us, please contact your program manager or customer service representative.

It can be rather complicated. The sales tax exemption and charge is based on where the boards are shipped. For example, if you live in Seattle, Washington and have the assembled boards delivered to yourself, you will need to have an exemption certificate from Washington state or pay sales tax at Seattle, Washington rates. (The rate calculation goes down to the zip code in many cases) If you live anywhere else, like Oregon, and have your boards shipped to Seattle, Washington, you will pay Seattle tax or need a Washington exemption certificate. If you ship to multiple states, you may need an exemption certificate for each state.

For services such as DFM, design or layout provided by our San Diego PCB Design or our Innovation Design Group, there are a handful of states that tax services. If you are located in Hawaii, South Dakota, New Mexico or West Virginia, you will need to provide a tax exemption certificate, or we may have to add sales tax to the invoice.

Oregon, Montana, Alaska, New Hampshire, and Delaware do not currently have a state tax so if your boards are being shipped into one of those states, you are in the sales-tax clear at this moment. No tax will be collected and no exemption certificate will be needed for shipments into those states. If anything changes with these sates, we will let you know.

This court ruling covers more than just the Internet. While our Screaming Circuits division business is largely conducted through an e-commerce website, a good portion of it takes place in the realm of phones and email. These tax changes cover all of both online and offline transactions.

We don’t have an exact implementation schedule yet, but it will happen within the next few months. We are collecting the exemption certificates now, so if you have or can get one, please do so as soon as possible and email it to us at the address listed above.

Please read our latest Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter, which includes:

  • A Message from Mike Stoehr, CEO
  • Tecate, MX Facility Technology Investment & Expansion
  • Test Engineering Optimizes Functional Testing

Milwaukee Electronics Newsletter Q3 2019