Gardien History

For over 3 decades, Gardien has been the testing and service company of choice for leading PCB manufacturers worldwide:

Gardien Services USA Inc commences operations opening test centers in California and New Hampshire

1981

Gardien Japan Co Ltd founded opening an Outsourcing test centre in Tokyo

1982

Second US test centre opens in Minneapolis

1985

Gardien Services Canada founded in Toronto, Ontario

1988

Gardien Europe GmbH acquired from the Klingelnberg Group Gardien is producing single and multispingle Drilling Machines with the brand “Klingelnberg”

1991

Second Japanese test centre opens in Niigata, Japan Gardien Services Canada begins Integrate solution for Testing and V-Score Services at the Toronto facility of FTG and Data Circuits

1993

Gardien founded in Taiwan with Outsourcing centre in Taipei

1996

Gardien operations and test centre open in Singapore Gardien Services Canada receives ISO certification (ISO 9001) Kobe Outsourcing Centre opens in Japan

1997

Gardien Services USA begins Integrate solution at the Merix in Forest Grove Second Taiwanese Outsourcing centre opens in Taoyuan Gardien Services USA signs a full Fixture contract with Universal Circuits in Minneapolis

1998

Gardien operations open in PRC with Outsourcing centre in Kunshan

2000

AOI inspection services launched in Taoyuan, Taiwan Gardien Services USA signs an Integrate solution agreement with Circuit Science in Minneapolis

2001

Outsourcing Centre opens in Shenzhen, PRC

2002

Iwate Outsourcing Centre opened in Japan Gardien Services Canada receives certification for the Controlled Goods program in Canada enables the company to officially handle Defence related articles Production of Drilling Machines transfered to Mania Technologie AG. Gardien Europe now dormant

2003

Gardien Services Canada begins Integrate solution at Coretec’s Toronto facility, Canada largest PCB manufacture Gardien Services Canada in Toronto receives authorization to test military products as an “Independent Testing Laboratory” for MIL-PRF-31032, MIL-PRF-55110, MIL-P-50884

2004

Gardien Services USA commences an Integrate solution agreement with Micom in Minneapolis

2005

Outsourcing Centre opened in WuXi, PRC Tochigi Outsourcing Centre opened in Japan

2006

Gardien Services Canada added the Outerlayer AOI in-house Service at Coretec’s Toronto facility Gardien Services USA in Forest Grove receives authorization to test military products as an “Independent Testing Laboratory” for MIL-PRF-31032

2007

Gardien Outsourcing & Services Group acquired by ESO Capital as part of restructuring of German parent company Mania Gardien Services USA registered with the US State Department for compliance to International Traffic in Arms Regulation (M22117) Gardien Services USA acquires Anaheim test centre Gardien Europe GmbH takes over the Customer Care Business of the Mania Group in Europe

2008

Gardien Services USA launches Automated Hi-Pot Testing in the North American market

2009

KEVIN SYVRET

FINANCE DIRECTOR, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Syvret joined Gardien Services Canada as Financial Controller in 2001 and assumed the role of Finance Director North America in 2007. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Syvret has held senior finance and accounting roles, including with Canadian Pacific Ltd and Sprint Inc.

NIRAJ PATEL

VICE PRESIDENT, GARDIEN NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Niraj Patel joined the company on a part time basis in 1993 while attending college full time. He worked in various positions until he graduated from the Centennial College Computer Systems Technology program, whereupon he was hired full time. He progressed through several testing and CAM department positions and was appointed North American CAM Manager in 1998. After 18 years with the company, Mr. Patel was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations, Gardien Services Canada Inc. in 2011. In January, 2015 Mr. Patel became Vice President NA of the newly combined organizational unit North America which includes the Canada and USA.

TODD KOLMODIN

VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY, NORTH AMERICA

Mr. Todd Kolmodin, a native to the Pacific Northwest was born in Seattle Washington. At a young age he moved to the Portland Oregon area. In March of 1986 he graduated from ITT Technical Institute with a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Todd began his tenure in the Electrical Test field that same year.  Todd spent eight years working in an independent testing facility in Wilsonville Oregon where he built skills in all aspects of Electrical Test and Quality Assurance. 

Todd then spent a short term with Yamamoto Corporation on their Engineering staff covering PCB drill, finishing and Electrical Test before joining Probe Test Fixtures in 1995. His charge was CAM and Fixuring Manager.  Todd joined the Gardien Group in September 1998 continuing the same roll and taking on the responsibilities of Quality Manager for Oregon operations. In 2008 Mr. Kolmodin was promoted to Vice President Quality USA. In this position Mr. Kolmodin oversees and maintains the Gardien ITAR registration, ISO Multi-Site registration and multiple site Lab Suitability with the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime. Now also maintaining the Gardien QMS system Todd now serves as Vice President Quality North America.

Mr. Kolmodin is also a published columnist and Technical Presenter with multiple appearances at the IPC Apex Expo Conferences in both San Diego and Las Vegas. 

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

RICHARD HORSMAN

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Prior to Richard joining Gardien in September 2014, he was Chairman/CEO of tool chain vendor Atego Group Systems Limited which was sold to PTC Inc.

Prior to joining Atego, Richard held a number of Executive and Non-Executive roles including Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Plethora Solutions, an AIM listed Pharmaceutical Company and CEO of AIM listed Cybit Holdings plc. where he grew the company from inception to revenues of over 25 million and took the company through multiple acquisitions before managing a sale of the business to Francisco Partners.

Richard previously held a number of senior roles in the Software industry.

RICK MERAW

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT QUALITY

Mr. Meraw was appointed Group Vice President of Quality in Jan 2015 after successfully  serving as Senior Vice President of USA operations since 2011.  Prior to being responsible for USA operations Mr Meraw was responsible for Canadian operations since 2001.

Rick has over twenty years’ experience with Gardien Group and has various roles including, service technician, customer liaison, Quality manager, technical support, project management, and software design/ implementation.

In June 1992 he graduated with an Electronic Engineering Technologist degree, with honors from a local community college.

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Location

Gardien USA Hub Office

Gardien Services USA Inc. PO Box 963 Midlothian, TX 76065 USA

+1 (503) 430 8980

info.us@gardien.com

Gardien Canada Hub Office

Gardien Services Canada Inc. 79 Milliken Blvd. Unit 4 Toronto, Ontario Canada M1V1V3

+1 (416) 292-0726

info.ca@gardien.com

Toronto, Canada

79 Milliken Blvd. Unit 4 Toronto, Ontario Canada M1V1V3

+1 (416) 292-0726

info.tor@gardien.com

Anaheim

1191 N Red Gum Street Anaheim, CA 92806 USA

+1 (714) 630 4600

info.anh@gardien.com

Denver

1513 Taurus Ct. Loveland, CO 80537 USA

+1 (303) 527 1200

info.den@gardien.com

Minneapolis

14000 25th Avenue North Suite 112 Plymouth, MN 55447 USA

+1 (763) 249 1102

info.mnp@gardien.com

Prescott

1600 Orrin Rd Prescott, WI, 54021 USA

+1 (715) 262 5898

info.pre@gardien.com

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Group Headquarters

Gardien (SEA) Pte Ltd 105 Cecil Street. #16-01, The Octagon (Suite 1613) Singapore, 069534

+65 6225 2238

info.group@gardien.com

ROLAND VALENTINI

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Valentini was appointed COO in July 2010 after successfully serving as head of North American operations since 2005.

Roland has over ten years’ experience in the PCB industry, including sales, service, and project management at Atotech GmbH, Germany mainly relating to PCB plating equipment.
He has significant sales experience from his tenure at Mack Rides GmbH and headed up worldwide installations for Lurgi Bischoff GmbH.

Mr. Valentini received a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mannheim, Germany.