Our Core Values

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Sur-Seal Culture

Everything at Sur-Seal begins and ends with culture. Check out what makes Sur-Seal unique – as an employer, a supplier, a partner, and a member of our community.

Instead of a traditional family business, we like to think of ourselves as a business family. We’re a group of curious, caring, courageous people (and maybe a bit quirky!).

We welcome you to learn more about how our culture makes us a bit different. And a really fun place to work.

The Story of Sur-Seal, A Business Family

In my years working across many businesses, Sur-Seal has a personal feel unlike any I’ve experienced in the past.  It’s a testament to those who came before us, and how we each interact on a daily basis. Across the founding owners’ companies several constant endearing values were always present and became the building blocks of Sur-Seal, LLC:

    • A steadfast conviction for caring for the customer, associates, and each other
    • Treating all with respect, honesty, and authenticity
    • Embracing Great Ideas and encouraging creativity
    • Doing what is right and having the courage to change direction when following opportunity
  • Ensuring that those walking along with us are well prepared for the future

These ideas have translated into our Core Values: Customer Care, Respect/Appreciation, Innovation, Growth, Can Do, and Better Together.  They are the foundation of our path forward. They make up how we face challenges and reach our goals. They describe what is at the heart of each employee.  Which is evident in why working here is more than a business, but a Business Family.  And our Business Family is why Sur-Seal is able to accomplish so much.

We are actively growing our Business Family to provide more services yet to our customers in order to be more Rapid, Right, and Reliable.

Today at Sur-Seal, we all walk along together on a path that began generations ago. The path ahead is lined with the opportunity for every one of us to grow and improve each day, while also building a global organization together.

Larry Faist,

CEO/President

Sur-Seal, LLC

Sur-Seal History

Sur-Seal founded in Cincinnati’s Over-the- Rhine. Original “gasket” logo conceived on the back of a napkin at a local tavern.
1965
Sur-Seal develops a thermal gasket for the heating unit on the Apollo Command Module beginning our long history in the HVAC industry.
1970
Designs and manufactures fiberglass gasket for Whiteway Manufacturing in Cincinnati marking our entrance to the Lighting market.
1979
Sur-Seal opens a molded rubber facility in Queensgate, expanding to meet the needs of our loyal customer base.
1980
Early adopter of a profit-sharing programs for all Sur-Seal team members to benefit from Sur- Seal’s growth
1982
Sur-Seal lands contracts with several large publicly traded companies in the HVAC, Lighting, Food and Medical markets.
1985
Sur-Seal opens an 80,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Green Township on Cincinnati’s west side.
1991
The Wilz Family patriarch, Ed, donated improvement and sponsorship funds to the nearby Miami Whitewater Forest.
1997
Sur-Seal attains its first ISO 9000 certification
1997
First annual Sur-Seal Chili Cook-off judged by Green Township Fire Department. Still cooking today…
2004
Strategic shift in business towards focus on premier, leading manufacturers
2005
Sur-Seal embarked a world-class LEAN journey that continues to grow and evolve today
2009
Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) names Sur-Seal the recipient of its 2012 Manufacturing Excellence Award
2012
Sur-Seal’s Mick Wilz shared Sur-Seal’s Lego ingenuity with the New York Times
2012
Our first international sales office in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico opens
2012
The SSDC opens! Our 40,000 sq. ft. distribution center opens in Harrison, Ohio
2014
Shuzou, China becomes the home of our first trade office in Asia
2015
Sur-Seal commercially launches Sur-Optik, advanced molding of optically-clear LSR to serve the lighting and medical industries
2016
Capital Partners completes investment in Sur-Seal by partnering with family shareholders and its management. Sur-Seal, Corp. becomes Sur-Seal, LLC.
2018
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Sur-Seal at Lightfair International 2018

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