Manufacturing Award

2014-ManufacturingAwardBusiness First, along with presenting sponsors Insyte Consulting, Sonwil Distribution, and KeyBank, honored manufacturing companies in the Buffalo Niagara region at an  awards breakfast on May 13.  Highlighted businesses in the manufacturing industry that are a major economic force in the region were presented with awards in various categories.

Seal & Design received the Workforce Training award for having outstanding employee training processes and procedures.






Seal & Design CFO Adam Mikols accepted the award at the ceremony.

Seal & Design’s Silver Anniversary

SD Silver Anniversary Logo (fullsize)

Seal & Design Inc., not unlike many successful businesses, started from humble beginnings.  In May of 1989, Dean T. Penman renovated a 1,500 sq. foot building that was once a “chicken coop” in Clarence, NY and began operations with just three employees.  Dean brought with him over 20 years of experience in the seals and gaskets industry and a drive to put his customers first that would serve as the solid foundation of Seal & Design.

His son, Dean S. Penman joined Seal & Design permanently in 1990 after graduating from Ohio Northern University. Soon thereafter we outgrew that renovated “chicken coop” and moved into our current facility, a 51,000 sq. foot office, production, and warehouse facility on Casilio Parkway in Clarence. Since then Seal & Design has become an industry leader under the Penman family’s guidance and leadership.


Today, Seal & Design is a leading manufacturer and distributor of die-cut gaskets, seals, o-rings and molded rubber products.  We also supply finished goods and materials to wide range of industries, including the automotive, medical, military, electronics, power generation, hydraulics industries and as well as many commercial industries.  Seal & Design is a global company and currently sells to customers all over the world.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality products, technical support, delivery, and service, at competitive prices.  Seal & Design’s customer focused attitude allows us to meet customers’ expectations in supplying specialty labels, logistics management and consignment inventory. Seal & Design believes in the “Make it Happen” approach; we are always looking ways to improve manufacturing efficiency and innovate in the industry.

The company has 100 employees under the Seal & Design corporate umbrella.  The Penman family believes in supporting our hard-working, dedicated employees and treating them as our company’s most valuable asset.  Personal development and business training are stressed to make our employees the best in the business.

We have invested heavily in technology, equipment, and product development, which is all guided by our goal of being a world-class organization.

Seal & Design has expanded in the US with satellite offices in Syracuse, NY to service Central New York, Akron, Ohio to better service our Ohio and Mid-West customer base.  Recently we’ve expanded with a sales office in California. We also utilize a number of manufacturer’s reps to promote our products and services in other geographic regions throughout the US, from California to Florida.

In 2006, we acquired competitor Able O-Rings and Seals in Canada, now known as Able Seal & Design, to expand our international base.  Able O-Ring s became Able Seal & Design is located right in Toronto, Ontario. Able Seal & Design has 40 years of experience as a distributor of gaskets, o-rings and molded rubber products across Canada.

Able Entry Sign

“Able,” as they are affectionately known, has 22 employees with the majority of their business related to sales and distribution with some light manufacturing capability. The majority of the manufacturing occurs in our Clarence location due to our expertise and our state-of-the-art equipment.

Able recently moved into a brand new 16,000 sq. foot facility to take on the growing business in the Canadian market. The acquisition allowed Seal & Design to have a presence in the Canadian marketplace and expand our footprint globally, which further supports our vision to be a World-Class sealing, o-rings and gasket company.

The Penman family is thankful to everyone that has contributed to our success over the past 25 years. Being a family-run business in this day and age takes a lot of dedication and hard work and focus on fulfilling our mission.  Our customers and their loyalty make it easy to stick to the ideals Seal & Design was founded on and our employees make us more than a manufacturer. We have become a family that operates at the highest standards.

We would like to take this opportunity let our customers know they are valued and to let our employees know we couldn’t do it without you. We are committed to your satisfaction and look forward to another 25 years.

2014 Surveillance Audit by NSF

Seal & Design recently passed its  Surveillance audit by NSF to continue to be registered to ISO/TS16949:2009.

ISO/TS16949 registration is an Global Automotive benchmark for quality management. Our quality team works tirelessly to make sure our internal procedures and methods are as comprehensive and efficient that they can possibly be. Being certified as ISO/TS16949 means that we take our quality procedures serious and continuously strive to better our company, and as a result benefit our customers.

Many thanks to Quality Assurance Manager, Ken Nyitrai and everyone in the Seal & Design quality department for all the difficult work they do. We appreciate all you do!

EGCR Trade Show May 2014


Seal & Design Inc. will have a booth at the Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable 0n May 13th -15th.   Come see our knowledgeable Outside Sales Engineers,  Mark Speyer and Don Sweigert.  They will be on hand to help you with your application needs and potential solutions.

EGCR is held at Robert Morris University in Moon Township PA.  The annual Eastern Gas Compression Roundtable Conference is a cost effective training program focusing on engine and compressor maintenance. The conference is open to anyone wishing to attend.

Stop by Booth 103 and see how we can help you!


New Promotions

Seal & Design is pleased to announce the internal promotions of Aaron Macke as New Business Development Manager and Rich Wetherby as Inside Sales Manager.




AMacke3Aaron has been with Seal & Design since April 2007 and has excelled in Inside Sales, with his most recent title being Senior Account Manager. Aaron’s focus on customer satisfaction has earned him the newly created position of New Business Development Manager.

The position’s focus is to develop new customers into year after year business. He will also retain some duties of Senior Account Manager and will continue to take care of current accounts and develop and strengthen business relationships with customers both old and new.

 “I’m excited for this opportunity to interact with new customers and help them discover all the possible ways Seal & Design can help their business succeed.” – Aaron Macke


RWetherby2Rich has been with Seal & Design since 2009 and has excelled in a Sales position and possesses strong management skills. Rich recently completed his MBA Magna Cum Laude from Medaille College in May 2013. Rich’s product knowledge and leadership abilities make him a perfect fit for the role of Inside Sales Manager.

Rich will retain some inside sales duties in addition to the new responsibilities including interviewing new sales hire candidates, training sales employees on new products and processes, and department steering duties.

I look forward to not only maintaining the world-class quality and service our customers have come to expect, but to continuously improve our inside sales department in order to exceed expectations.” – Rich Wetherby

Congratulations to both Aaron and Rich, we look forward to your success in your new positions.

Twitter Contests 2013

twitterStarting Monday October 14, 2013 Seal & Design will be starting a recurring Twitter contest.

The contest is simple, on Mondays we ask you a trivia question related to gaskets, o-ringsseals, molded rubber, and other products that we offer. The correct answers can be found from browsing our website,

All who answer correctly throughout the week by messaging us on Twitter @SealDesign or Facebook, will be entered into a random drawing for a $20 gift card to Tim Horton’s. You have until 1pm EST on Friday of that week to answer.

One prize will be awarded on Friday afternoon. Remember to follow us on Twitter: @SealDesign   All posts related to these contests will be marked #SDTrivia

Good luck to all!