Foam Expo

foam-expo-showSeal & Design is going to exhibiting at the Foam Expo in Novi, Michigan from February 28 through March 2nd.

Stop by booth 1137 and say hello to Midwest territory manager Don Swiegert, Outside Sales Joel Nans, and our Toronto Division’s own Greg Wigner.

We’d love to tell you about our foam and manufacturing capabilities. They will be there Feb 28 and March 1st from  9:30 – 5:30 and on March 2nd from 9:30 to 3pm.

Learn more about the Foam Expo.

New Website Launch

The future is now! website-thumbnailWe’re proud to launch our new, improved, and expanded website. We’ve worked long and hard on it to try to deliver the best browsing experience across all types of browsers; from desktop to tablets to smart phones. We’ve received feedback and have tirelessly worked to create a website that works at delivering information about our products and services in a concise and clear manner.

This new site sits on a new platform that will allow us to keep the content fresh and the product information easy to obtain. We’ve also consolidated our domain names. Previously there were three different URLs for our three divisions. Now there is just one easy to remember URL: Don’t worry though, if you still want to type in the old URLs they will land you on the new homepage.

We welcome any feedback you may have for us about our new site and we hope you enjoy the browsing experience.


Seal & Design Promotions

Joel Nans

Joel Nans

Seal & Design is proud to announce the promotion of Joel Nans to Outside Sales Representative. Joel has been with Seal & Design since 2013 in an inside sales position. Joel has proven himself as an intelligent and motivated salesperson and was promoted to Outside Sales in January.

Joel excels at listening to customers’ needs and offering solutions tailored to their unique circumstances. You also find Joel participating in charity golf tournaments that Seal & Design participates in throughout the year as he is one of Seal & Design’s best golfers.

Robert Wolbert

Robert Wolbert

Seal & Design is also proud to announce that Robert Wolbert has been hired as Co-Inside Sales Manager. Rob returns to Seal & Design after a brief hiatus in the finance sector. He previously worked at Seal & Design from 2008 until 2014. Rob teams with Rich Wetherby as Co-Inside Sales Manager.

Rob and Rich’s combined experience and leadership will lead Seal & Design to new sales records and new levels of custom engagement and satisfaction.


We look forward to great things from both Joel and Rob!

Manufacturing Award 2016

Seal & Design was honored with a Manufacturing Award from Buffalo Business First. We received an award in the Exporting category.Biz First 2016 - Exporting

President Dean Penman and Vice President Jim Sweeney were on hand to receive the award at the ceremony held at Salvatore’s Italian

Thank you Buffalo Business First for recognizing our continued efforts to be the best in our business.

WNY Top Private Company 2015


Rich Wetherby & Adam Mikols

Seal & Design is proud to be selected by Buffalo Business First as one of Western New York’s Top Private Companies. This year we were ranked 34th on the list.

Seal & Design’s success is due in part to their product quality, product knowledge, but most importantly, our success is due to our commitment to total customer satisfaction.

This year’s award ceremony was held at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo. CFO Adam Mikols and Inside Sales Manager Rich Wetherby were in attendance to receive the award.

We would like to extend our many thanks to our customers for their continued business and thank our employees for their tireless pursuit of excellence at Seal & Design.

You can view Buffalo Business First’s Article here.

Higbee Inc Acquisition

Seal & Design is proud to announce the acquisition of Higbee Inc. of Syracuse New York.

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Dean S. Penman of
Seal & Design
Larry Higbee of
Higbee Inc

Higbee Inc. enjoys a reputation of excellence in the gasket and sealing products industry and is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Higbee Inc was founded in 1932 by Lyman Higbee and continued to be successful under the leadership of his son Larry Higbee. Higbee’s goal has been, and will continue to be, putting customers first and delivering world-class, cost competitive products on time.

After 40 years, Larry Higbee has decided to move on to the next chapter in his life. That being said, the continuing success of the business his father started is very important to him. When he started seriously considering selling Higbee Inc. he developed the profile of a “preferred” acquirer. This organization would have experience in the gasket business, a commitment to quality and customer service, a product portfolio that complimented Higbee’s product portfolio, and the financial strength to invest in equipment and technology to grow the business.

Larry and the Higbee management team believe that Seal & Design Inc. fits this profile perfectly.

Seal & Design President Dean S. Penman is also excited to welcome Higbee to the Seal & Design brand: “We think this move is a great opportunity for both parties and will strengthen our position with our clients as we will be able to offer more products to our existing customer bases,” he said.

Effective August 31, 2015 Seal & Design Inc. will acquire Higbee Inc. Higbee’s name will change from Higbee Inc. to Seal & Design Inc, Higbee Division.

Higbee Logo

Day to day, Higbee Division will continue to operate as normal and provide the same excellent service they always have. The synergy between the two companies will strengthen Seal & Design’s position in the national and global markets.

This is the second acquisition by Seal & Design. We first acquired Canadian competitor Able O-Rings in 2006 and have helped them become a market leader in Ontario. Today Seal & Design Inc, Able Division is thriving. Just as we have developed and cared for Able Division’s business and infrastructure, we plan to invest in Higbee Division to make them even more successful by always putting our customers’ needs first.