NORTH CANTON, Ohio—To paraphrase an American folk song, Seco Machine Inc. and particularly its parent company, A. Stucki Co., have been working with the railroad for plenty of live-long days.
In fact, A. Stucki has been manufacturing parts for the rail industry for more than 100 years, and, according to the company, developed the use of urethane in suspension components for freight cars in the 1970s.
North Canton-based Seco, meanwhile, has been contract machining parts for the rail transportation market since the firm was founded 31 years ago. After A. Stucki acquired Seco in 2009, it began to machine and manufacture a variety of urethane-molded products for the sector, and it now specializes in custom cast urethanes and compression molded parts.
While the relationship with the railroad industry continues to chug along successfully, Seco not only has taken steps to develop what it believes is a milestone product for rail cars, but it also has begun to develop urethane products for other industries.
“We've taken the knowledge and experience we've had with designing the urethane for so many years in the rail to the concrete industry, oil and gas, the piping industry, and water treatment industry,” said Jon Kaufman, product manager, urethanes and polymers, for A. Stucki, headquartered in Moon Township, Pa., in suburban Pittsburgh. “Now we're trying to go after the consumer market for firearm targets.”