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.

Construction Project Update (Sept 2014)

Our building expansion project is coming along great.
Take a look at the progress from July to September 2014 in this 2 and a half minute time-lapse video:

Why Durlon® 8500 or Durlon® 9000?

Durlon® is gasketing material engineered to perform in a wide variety of applications. It’s ideal for applications involving high caustic, aggressive chemicals.

There are a number of Durlon® formulations but Durlon® 9000 and Durlon® 8500 are two of the most popular.


Durlon® 9000 has several attributes that separate it from other PTFE materials including:

  • Listed as an acceptable gasket material for Dry Chlorine service (both liquid and gaseous) in Pamphlet 95 of the Chlorine Institute.
  • Approved for Caustics services. Unlike generic glass fiber filled PTFE, the shape of the fillers used in DURLON® 9000 do not allow liquids to wick which can cause corrosion on flange faces.
  • Gaskets for oxygen service can be supplied from distributor stocks, providing proper cleaning procedures for oxygen service are followed before installation.

Durlon® 8500 is one of our workhorse general service sheet gasket materials.

  • It is composed of both inorganic mineral and high strength aramid fibers with an NBR rubber binder.
  • It has passed the modified API 607 fire test.

Seal & Design offers these and several other Durlon® products. Check out our Durlon® offerings page or contact us at

AM Expo 2014


Visit Able Seal & Design at the AM Expo 2014 happening September 23-24, 2014 at The International Centre, Hall #5, 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, Ontario. For information or directions visit:

Our outside sales team of Greg Wigner, Raj Ramkumar, Greg Keenan, and Dave Collings will be on hand to talk shop and answer your sealing questions. Tell them about your applications and ask how Able Seal & Design can become your go-to supplier. They’ll be in booth #131 in hall #5. Hope to see you there.

Times for the show are:
Tuesday at 10am to 5pm
Wednesday at 10am to 4pm