Sur-Seal founded in Cincinnati’s Over-the- Rhine. Original “gasket” logo conceived on the back of a napkin at a local tavern.
Our Core Values
The Story of the Sur-Seal® Company
The story takes us back to 1836 when Elias Frey departed the small town of Weidenthal, Germany in search of new opportunities for his family. He walked a trail many Germans were taking at the time. Over the Rhine river, across Germany and France, and then boarding a ship for New York City.
From New York, he walked onward to Cincinnati. The rising hills off the Ohio River reminded the family of home in Germany and believed great opportunity would be available for generations ahead.
In 1838, Elias opened a blacksmith shop to support local farmers only 5 miles from Sur-Seal today. That small blacksmith shop would be the beginning of five consecutive generations of family businesses in the area. From a blacksmith shop to hotels, grocery stores, construction companies, accounting firms, and the company, Sur-Seal.
Across those companies several constant endearing values were always present and became the building blocks of Sur-Seal today.
- A steadfast conviction for caring for the customer, associates, and each other
- Embracing great ideas and encouraging creativity
- Doing what is right and having the courage to change direction when following opportunity
In 2018, Sur-Seal became part of Capital Partners, now named Heartwood Partners. Heartwood Partners, located in Norwalk, Connecticut, is a middle market private equity firm that was founded in 1982. The firm was designed to create equity partnerships with continuing management. For more information about Heartwood Partners, visit the site at: www.heartwoodpartners.com.
Sur-Seal develops a thermal gasket for the heating unit on the Apollo Command Module beginning our long history in the HVAC industry.
Designs and manufactures fiberglass gasket for Whiteway Manufacturing in Cincinnati marking our entrance to the Lighting market.
Sur-Seal opens a molded rubber facility in Queensgate, expanding to meet the needs of our loyal customer base.
Early adopter of a profit-sharing programs for all Sur-Seal team members to benefit from Sur- Seal’s growth
Sur-Seal lands contracts with several large publicly traded companies in the HVAC, Lighting, Food and Medical markets.
Sur-Seal opens an 80,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Green Town on Cincinnati’s west side.
The Wilz Family patriarch, Ed, donated improvement and sponsorship funds to the nearby Miami Whitewater Forest.
Sur-Seal attains its first ISO 9000 certification
First annual Sur-Seal Chili Cook-off judged by Green Township Fire Department. Still cooking today…
Strategic shift in business towards focus on premier, leading manufacturers
Sur-Seal embarked a world-class LEAN journey that continues to grow and evolve today
Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) names Sur-Seal the recipient of its 2012 Manufacturing Excellence Award
Sur-Seal’s Mick Wilz shared Sur-Seal’s Lego ingenuity with the New York Times
Our first international sales office in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico opens
The SSDC opens! Our 40,000 sq. ft. distribution center opens in Harrison, Ohio
Shuzou, China becomes the home of our first trade office in Asia
FitBit program launched. Team members encouraged to get movin’ as part of our ongoing wellness programs
Sur-Seal commercially launches Sur-Optik, advanced molding of optically-clear LSR to serve the lighting and medical industries
Capital Partners completes investment in Sur-Seal by partnering with family shareholders and its management. Sur-Seal, Corp. becomes Sur-Seal, LLC.