Expansion Project Underway

Seal & Design broke ground on July 22, 2014 on a $3million expansion project. The field in the photo will soon be a 40k sq. foot addition to the current 52k sq. foot building. Construction is expected to finish in January 2015.


“We need to make more products, and are buying more equipment,” said President Dean Penman, who added the demand is selling new products and more to existing customers.

He added that automotive, medical and OEM equipment markets each comprise about 30 percent of the company’s sales. He said the company has grown about 40 percent over the last five years, and that 2014 revenues should be about $38 million.

We’ll be documenting construction progress periodically throughout so check our blog and website often for updates!

Able’s ISO 9001 Audit

Able Seal & Design recently had an ISO 9001 audit performed by independent ISO 9001 certification organization, NSF. The ISO 9001 certification is a standard industrial certification given to manufacturing companies that have rigorous quality measures, good customer relationship practices, and strive for continuous improvement in all areas of business.

We’re pleased to announce Able passed the audit with zero non-conformances!  Reportedly, the auditor was impressed with the new facility, commended our customer service scores, and was pleased that we were meeting our goals on the vast majority of our key process measures.  

Congratulations to all our employees. Let’s keep up the great work!

Fast Track 50 Award

BizFirstAward-2014 Seal & Design has been selected as a WNY Fast Track Award for the 10th year in a row! The award is given by Buffalo Business First to the fastest growing companies in Western New York.

This year we ranked 30th.

Read the full article on Buffalo Business First’s website.

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!