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FOSTERING THE CENTER’S DEVELOPMENT

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

HELPING REVITALIZE U.S. MANUFACTURING

A TRIP TO INDIA & OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

A TRIP TO INDIA & OTHER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

STUDENT FOCUSED. FACULTY DIRECTED

STUDENT FOCUSED. FACULTY DIRECTED

A CENTER THAT CELEBRATES MANUFACTURING

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Colin Roche

Colin Roche
Bobby Ronsse
Co-Founders
Pacific Writing Instruments


Partners and college friends from Cal Poly, Colin Roche and Bobby Ronsse, decided to take a fresh look at the dynamics of hand control in writing, which yielded a surprisingly different pen.

Roche, who has worked as an executive in high technology start-ups, invented the PenAgain from a single spark of an idea generated during a Saturday detention and a lunchtime escape to a nearby flea market while still at Palo Alto High School in 1987. Years of soldering plastics into contoured designs and sleepless nights envisioning the pen induced him to team up with his former business partner and college buddy, Bobby Ronsse in 2001.

Ronsse is a mechanical engineer formerly with Applied Materials and General Electric. The company started with a few prototypes to get feedback from friends in 2001 to shipping to over 40 countries aided by high volume manufacturing operations set up in Ningbo, China.