The Fast And The Curious
Peridot is known for surmounting any and all design and engineering obstacles.
While we don’t think of ourselves as daredevils, truth is we love a good challenge — finding ways to do what the others say can’t be done. We thrive on meeting and exceeding deadlines. With over twenty years experience with device fabrication and precision miniature and micro-miniature component assembly, Peridot can design, prototype, test and produce at the speed of delight.
Take a moment to get to know the brains
behind our operation.
PAT PICKERELLFounder, President
DEBRA VANSICKLEVice President
FRANCIS TOALDirector of Operations
DOUGLAS MINTENDirector QA/RA
As the consumer electronics industry boomed throughout the 70’s and 80’s, Pat cut his teeth working in every facet of precision manufacturing, from operating machine tools to managing operations and staff. That from-the-ground-up practical experience convinced Pat that he was more than qualified to start his own manufacturing company—and moreover, that he could do it better than the companies he’d been working for.
With the help of Debra VanSickle, Pat set to work outfitting a small workspace with the necessary equipment. Pat and Debra opened Peridot in 1996. Since then, he has guided the company through its growth from a small, rapid prototyping and product development specialist to its current structure, offering complete end-to-end precision manufacturing and clean room assembly services to a wide range of industries.
A founding partner of Peridot, Debra VanSickle heads the “business” side of the company, working closely with clients to ensure that our services meet their needs precisely. Debra began her career in sales, but quickly discovered a knack for entrepreneurship. Founding Peridot allowed her to combine her passion for customer service and her strong organizational and leadership skills.
Prior to founding Peridot, Debra amassed years of experience working directly with machine shop employees on the workshop floor. She even learned how to operate many machine tools to better gauge their utility for clients. That unique hands-on understanding of our machines and their capabilities makes Debra an invaluable resource for our clients, helping them interface with our technicians to ensure that our services precisely meet their project specifications.
Francis is responsible for executing the strategic plan to drive profitable growth at Peridot and for ensuring operational excellence throughout the organization.
Francis has proven business and functional leadership expertise with the ability to set clear vision and strategy resulting in sustained growth. He has over 20 years experience in the medical device and component industry. He has previously held senior roles in Engineering and Operations, for AVX/Kyocera, Boston Scientific and Greatbatch Medical. Most recently, he was Director of Operations for Fresenius Medical Care.
He is an excellent leader who strives to achieve success through team motivation, availability and open communication.
Francis holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Science in Materials from the Pennsylvania State University. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science from the University of Limerick, Ireland.
I began my career in manufacturing in 1989 with a small contract manufacturer. Parlayed that experience to a much larger contact manufacture where I was first introduced to quality management eventually assuming the position of Quality Manager. Later in my career, I accepted the position as Quality Director overseeing multiple manufacturing facilities in the US, initiating and managing multiple ISO systems and certifications.
Throughout my 29-year experience in the manufacturing industry, I have always been strategically positioned wherever the greatest need for exceptional management and leadership skills arose; accumulating 6+ years’ direct experience with Class II & Class III medical devices, extensive experience in material management, document control & Quality Management Systems (QMS) including ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and 21 CFR 820.
Achieving the impossible every day. Often before lunch.
Started with a passion for innovation and finding the perfect solution.
Founded by Patrick E. Pickerell and Debra Van Sickle, Peridot opened our doors in June 1996 in a small “incubator” workshop with four employees and a modest collection of machine tools. Word of our quality work and expertise quickly spread, and we were soon engaged to ramp up projects for full production. As business quickly grew throughout the late 90’s, we began recruiting the top people available, and we invested in new and more advanced equipment. This allowed us to expand our services for our clients and to tackle more complex assignments, while maintaining the highest quality standards.
Peridot soon outgrew our original incubator space. In spring 1999, we moved into a modern, 6,000 square foot facility with space for 20 employees. We continued expanding that space until 2008, when we moved into our current digs: a 30,000 square foot building complete with a ISO Class 8 clean room and space for R&D and engineering. Today, Peridot is proud to employ a dedicated, professional staff of 70, offering a complete range of precision manufacturing and device assembly services. In 2016, Peridot added 3 new lasers, an additional EDM small hole drilling machine and another Mori Seiki Mill-Turn Center, and broke the $10 million mark in annual sales in 2016.