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FEATURE BY | TIM O'CONNOR

products require government certifications and third party
testing before they can be approved for use. Hernon® is familiar with this process and in fact the National Sanitation
Foundation (an independent testing organization) recently approved one of Hernon's most popular pipe thread
sealants, Dripstop 940, for potable water use. Another
third-party organization has also confirmed the 940 formula as effective on diesel exhaust fluid (D.E.F.) systems.

Customers might initiate the buying process by visiting
the Hernon® website (www.hernon.com) but the company
closes every sale off-line. Giving clients a human point of
contact enables Hernon® to better understand how the
adhesives will be used and ensures the right product is
provided.

"we are seeing huge opportunities in
liquid uv form-in-place and cure-inplace gasketing materials now."
Hernon's collaborative approach truly shines in cases
where no existing products fit the customer's specifications and a custom formula is necessary. The length of the
development process for a custom adhesive varies with the
products' requirements, often taking between six months
to a year-and-a-half to complete the formula, test and
certify materials. During that time, Hernon's engineers
are in constant contact with the client to refine and perfect
the adhesive and then create the best dispensing solution.
Samples are sent to the customer for testing and everything
is finalized before production begins.
Depending on the use and chemical makeup, some
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Hernon® has long maintained a worldwide presence, but
its global reach has grown substantially in recent years.
Since 2012, the company has gone from shipping to 23
countries to shipping to more than 50 countries today. Its
international success earned the President's "E" Award in
2015, the United States of America's highest recognition for
contributing to the expansion of U.S. exports.
Rodriguez credits the company's export growth to its
ability to form partnerships overseas. "We reached out
to export companies and distributors in target markets
and succeeded in recruiting local representatives, who
best know their markets and cultures, to be the global face
of Hernon®." he notes. Hernon® has also had success in
lowering the cost of its dispensing equipment and fluids,
opening up the growing manufacturing markets in Asia
and South America.
Hernon® is growing at home as well. The company
recently completed a year-long, $2 million expansion of
its Sanford, Fla., headquarters and manufacturing plant in
early 2016, which increased the size of the facility by 160
percent. Also, $500,000 spent on equipment enabled the
company to triple its production capacity.
The investments in its facilities and its reputation for
empowering employees have earned Hernon® recognition
as a premier employer. In August, the Orlando Sentinel
named Hernon® one of the top 100 workplaces in Central
Florida. Then, in October, Hernon® was awarded the Small
Manufacturer of the Year Award by the Manufacturing
Association of Central Florida (MACF).
The company continues to build on its reputation. With
the expansion completed and production capacity ramping
up to meet anticipated increases in demand, Hernon® is
well positioned to continue its consistent growth. The
company expects to add another 20 employees over of the
next two years. "In the last four years, we've had an average of double-digit growth in sales," Richards says. "And
we have a strong plan going forward; now we just need to
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