“One of the growth areas for us is the oil and gas industry,” Charlotte Kieffer said. “That is an industry where a lot of rubber is used and where there is more demand for products. It is an area where more of our business will come from in the future.”
The aerospace industry is another area of growth for Sivon Manufacturing, she said.
Airplane manufacturers, both commercial and military, want to ensure that their aircraft achieve reduced noise and compression levels.
Sivon Manufacturing has a global presence in each of these industries. Even as an employer with less than 10 professionals involved in the day-to-day operations, Sivon Manufacturing has the ability to sell globally to manufacturers to ensure that growth continues outside of the U.S. market.
“That has been an important part of our strategy,” Charlotte said. “Today, you have to be a global player no matter how big or small you are. So we have set up foreign distributors and an infrastructure and partners that allow us to sell everywhere. In fact we just shipped some product this morning to the United Kingdom.”
Sivon Manufacturing has supplied the rubber industry with the SMACO bench model vulcanizers in multiple sizes, from portable to large 12x12 injection or transfer presses.
The most popular size is used in all industries splicing O-rings, to corner gaskets for complicated profiles.
“We are a full-service manufacturer for our customers from the splicing units, and with molds for splicing the extrusions, rubber cutters and the adhesive to splice,” Charlotte Kieffer said.
Adhesives made by Sivon Manufacturing are composed of neoprene, SBR, EPDM, Buna-N and silicones. Many are food grade acceptable, she added. Sivon also produces a contact adhesive that crosslinks at room temperature along with a splicing two-component neoprene-based adhesive that cures at room temperature.
There will be an estimated six-month transition period before the Kieffers turn the full operation over to their daughter and son-in-law.
Shawn Ritts said additional training will be needed for him and Kathleen, adding that the transition to the new management team will be very transparent.
“All of our customers know about this plan, but nothing will really change for them,” he said. “The same level of service and products will be available to them. But we will also be looking at adding to our product line.”