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Our Mission

Serve our customers with commitment, integrity, and reliability. We listen to our customers and deliver optimized solutions for their specific applications.

Our Story

Forte Micro’s heritage traces back to the telecom industry of the 1980s and our focus on quality persists to this day. Our storied history enables us to solve any problem, large or small, for our clients of any industry.

Our History

1980s

The facility opened in 1981 as part of Nortel Networks’ hybrid microcircuits component manufacturing. This business unit started with fabricating ceramic substrates using the thick film process. Later, it evolved to populating these ceramic substrate assemblies with surface mount components. The operation later expanded and introduced automated SMT assembly, which substantially improved quality and throughput while reducing assembly costs.

1990s

In 1991, the business unit was sold to C-MAC Industries. The operation expanded into HDI, chip scale packaging (CSP), flip chip, and chip-on-board utilizing different substrate technologies (rigid epoxy, flex, rigid flex, package-on-package, and metal (IMS) printed circuit boards). The operation attained ISO 9001 and QS 9000 (ISO/TS 16949) registrations.

2000s

In 2001, the business unit was sold to Solectron as the telecom and technology industries declined. This began a period of significant reorganization and restructuring. The operation shifted its focus towards greater integration of electro-mechanical products. Solectron was later sold to Flextronics in 2007.

In 2005, the business unit managers acquired the West Palm Beach operation and started Florida MicroElectronics (FME). We offered customers SMT assembly, thick-film products, and electro-mechanical assemblies. Initial customers included Delphi, Redbox, and MediWatch. FME received ISO 13485 registration for medical device quality management.

2010s

With the engineering relationships developed with Redbox and Flextronics, FME continued to expand its customer base and capabilities in electro-mechanical assemblies, fabricating kiosks for sampling packages and library kiosks that dispense DVDs.  FME and Flextronics co-developed major automation projects involving conveyors, material handling, and assembly for apparel fabrication.

In the latter part of the decade, we began working with many of the aerospace & defense, automotive, commercial & industrial, consumer, and medical device companies we work with today. Our work was diversified across PCB assembly, thick film substrates, and systems assembly.

2020s

FME came under new ownership and was rebranded as Forte Micro. We are excited to work with you for your “Made in USA” needs.

The Present

Our 60,000 ft² facility offers a wide range of design, engineering, manufacturing, automation, and testing solutions to support our customers’ products from initial concept to design to prototype to design validation to testing and then to volume production.

Forte Micro utilizes the knowledge, experience, and expanded capabilities developed over the past 30 years to design and manufacture the highest quality products for our customers.

  1. 1981

    Microcircuit business started by Nortel Networks

    Nortel Networks
  2. 1991

    C-MAC Industries acquires the business unit.

    Cmac Electronic Solutions
  3. 1993

    Achieves ISO 9001 Registration

    ISO
  4. 1995

    Achieves QS 9000 Registration. Currently, ISO/TS16949 Compliant.

    ISO Certified
  5. 2001

    Solectron (Flextronics) acquires the business unit.

    Solectron
  6. 2005

    Management acquires business and starts Florida MicroElectronics
  7. 2012

    ISO 13485 Medical Compliant
  8. 2020

    AIAC acquires Florida MicroElectronics
  9. 2021

    Florida MicroElectronics rebrands as Forte Micro.

    Logo

Management

Brian Shiau

Brian Shiau

Operating Partner

Tony

Anthony “Tony” Byk

General Manager

Tony

Anthony “Tony” Byk

General Manager

Mr. Byk has over 30 years of operations experience in electronics, interconnect, and electromechanical products for aerospace & defense, automotive, commercial, communication, consumer, medical device industries. He served in executive and management positions at Solectron Corporation, C-MAC Industries, Nortel Networks, and Allied Signal. In 2005, Mr. Byk and five other managers acquired the West Palm Beach operation of Solectron and started Florida MicroElectronics. Current responsibilities at Forte Micro include operational performance, business development, and regulatory and environmental compliance. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

 

Amy

Amy Ferreira

Business & Ops Manager

Amy

Amy Ferreira

Business & Ops Manager

Ms. Ferreira worked for Nortel and later C-MAC Microcircuits as a process engineer in the manufacturing of printed circuit boards and thick film processing.  She was promoted to Operations Manager for C-MAC Microcircuits North America.  In 2005, Ms. Ferreira and five other managers acquired the West Palm Beach operation of Solectron and started Florida MicroElectronics.  As a co-founder of Florida MicroElectronics and now a manager of Forte Micro, Ms. Ferreira’s responsibilities focused on financial controls and reporting ERP systems implementation, project management for key customers, and human resources and benefits administration. A native South Floridian, Ms. Ferreira graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and earned her MBA at Florida Atlantic University.

 

Randy

Randy Norman

Manufacturing Manager

Randy

Randy Norman

Manufacturing Manager

Mr. Norman leads process engineering and supports the production team at Forte Micro. He also oversees the facility assets.  Mr. Norman has over 30 years of experience in process engineering and development for PCB and microelectronic assembly.  Prior to working at the operations in West Palm Beach, he worked in process engineering at Harris Semiconductor and Government Systems.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Institute of Technology.

 

Hugh Cullin

Sales Director

Hugh Cullin

Sales Director

Mr. Cullin leads sales and business development at Forte Micro. He is a 25-year veteran in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry and has managed customer relationships across North America and Asia. Previously, Mr. Culllin served as a Captain in the United States Army Signal Corps, specializing in electronics. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Dayton.

 

Brian Shiau

Brian Shiau

Operating Partner

Mr. Shiau guides the management team towards strategic objectives and advises the team to grow the business and manage operations more efficiently. He led the acquisition process of Forte Micro by AIAC. Mr. Shiau earned his MBA at Yale University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Princeton University.

LATEST PRESS RELEASES

Florida MicroElectronics (FME) announces its rebrand as Forte Micro

March 31, 2021


West Palm Beach, Florida: Florida MicroElectronics, LLC (FME) is excited to announce its rebrand as “Forte Micro” with a new logo and website, Read More >

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