MERIDEN, Conn.—A commitment to both relationship building and patience has Jonal Laboratories Inc. on the path to growth, even with a slight pandemic-induced detour.
The molded rubber manufacturer long has been a major player in the industry, supporting the needs of engine OEMs in the aerospace and aviation sectors. As a family-owned business founded 55 years ago, the company is known for manufacturing a wide range of critical flame-resistant seals, including O-rings for the International Space Station.
But Jonal Labs President Marc Nemeth understands that the best growth can be achieved by incremental new product development. In 2012, he saw just that type of opportunity to pursue.
That is when Nemeth began leasing an 11,000-sq.-ft. facility about a half-mile from its headquarters in Meriden. The goal was to attract molded rubber component opportunities from the airframe sub-sector of the aerospace industry, including manufacturers of airplanes and helicopters such as Lockheed, Boeing and Sikorsky. Jonal invested in a long press—four meters in length—to provide airframe legacy support, and turned the space into an annexed manufacturing area.
The total value of investment in this facility and new business was around $1 million, Nemeth said.