Manufacturing

Purolator’s latest LI Index sparkles with positivity

By GREGORY ZELLER // Optimism abounds in the latest edition of the Purolator Long Island Supply Chain Index, with regional manufacturers especially jazzed about production and hiring. Jericho-based logistics ace Purolator International released its 2019 Long Island index data Tuesday, after surveying regional manufacturers and collating their projections for the next six months. Working on a scale of zero (complete decline) to 100 (complete expansion), the index tallied a 67.5 score overall – a “strong…

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At Spectronics, making it all work somehow

By GREGORY ZELLER // So where does Spectronics Corp. go from here? Founded by Bill and Morris Cooper way back in 1955, the longtime Long Island innovator has been to the cutting edge: Spectronics is credited with inventing fluorescent leak-detection systems – widely used by the automotive industry – and black light counterfeit currency detectors, not to mention the world’s first-ever universal ultraviolet cell phone sanitizer. It’s been to Hollywood: Agents Mulder and Scully used…


East/West: 3D prototyping with a capital 3

By GREGORY ZELLER // East/West Industries felt the need for speed. The longtime Long Island manufacturer, launched in Wantagh in 1968 and based now in Ronkonkoma, has spent the better part of five decades protecting aircrew lives by developing and producing newer and better aircraft seats and life-support systems primarily for military aircraft, and related ground-support equipment. But time caught up with the defense stalwart, which is managed today by President Teresa Ferraro and Vice…


The Marmalade is almost ready for drive time

By GREGORY ZELLER // A modest grant from the Workforce Development Institute could help a longtime Long Island innovator hit the big time with an ultra-efficient drive system. Named by inventor John Pawloski’s young daughters, the Marmalade Drive is “very efficient and wickedly simple,” according to the inventor, a vice president at family-owned Jewelers Machinists Co. in North Babylon. Already tested successfully in commercial HVAC units and about to be installed for the first time…


LA aeronautics firm relocating to Westbury

Fifty-seven new jobs are landing in Nassau County, thanks to an aerospace subsidiary flying in from the West Coast. Novaria Group, the aerospace investment platform of Texas-based investors Rosewood Private Investments and Tailwind Advisors, announced Wednesday that is was relocating subsidiary Sky Aerospace Products from Los Angeles to Westbury, where it will buddy up with another Novaria company – John Hassall Inc., which Novaria acquired in January. Both will coexist in John Hassall’s 65,000 square-foot-space,…


ALA Scientific: Improbable past, bright future

By GREGORY ZELLER // Farmingdale’s ALA Scientific Instruments was launched by two men who had what might be diplomatically described as ideological differences. Founders Jonathan Adams and Jurgen List both passed away in the late 1990s. But Adams, a Holocaust survivor, and List, a former Nazi foot-soldier, overcame insuperable odds to form a decades-long partnership – and a friendship that’s actually influenced the course of modern neuroscience. The company’s roots were planted around 1960 in Great…


The Debrief: John Suozzi is breaking with suburbia

Who is John Suozzi? That’s a tough one, even for John Suozzi. Self-described as “someone who’s still being made,” he’s a 2011 Drexel University graduate with a degree in entrepreneurship and a businessman, having managed the Kickstarter campaign for his father’s homegrown gardening tool, The Ring Weeder. He’s also a champion of the maker community – Long Island’s only real economic hope, according to the Glen Cove resident and founding member of the Long Island Maker…