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Garlock Sealing Technologies
www.garlock.com / HQ: Palmyra, N.Y. / Employees: 1,500 / Tony Rounding, director of operations: "I'm very proud that our employees have the ability to stop anything they don't feel is safe."

garlock is known as a global
leader in high-performance
sealing products.

Employee Power

garlock sealing empowers employees closest
to the work to make decisions. by tim o'connor

Typically, when workers manufacture a product or test a component's
quality at most manufacturing plants,
they think about fitting requirements
and tolerance guidelines. What they
may not think about is how that item
will be used by the end-customer or
its place in a larger system.
Garlock Sealing Technologies takes
a different approach to quality. The
company trains production employees to understand where products
are going, how they will be used and
what a failure looks like. Having that
knowledge stresses the impact of
quality and places urgency on making
sure a product placed into a nuclear
power plant or other critical application won't fail under pressure. "That
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drives home much more than any other strategy in terms of developing that
pride in workmanship," Director of
Operations Tony Rounding says.
Employees are also encouraged to
be mindful of issues in the production
line itself. When a fault is found in
production, workers are empowered
to stop the line and make the necessary adjustments. "At no point does
anything trump safety," Rounding
says. "I'm very proud that our employees have the ability to stop anything they don't feel is safe."

Leading Innovation
O.J. Garlock planted the seeds of what
would become Garlock Sealing Technologies in 1883 when he was awarded

Northeast

a patent for packing rings made from
cotton duck fabric. The patent led to
the creation of his namesake company
four years later in upstate New York.
The Garlock name has been synonymous with innovation since those
small beginnings.
The company, a division of EnPro
Industries, is known as a global leader
in high-performance sealing products
such as gaskets, rubber expansion
joints, compression packing, oil seals,
sheet products, butterfly valves, and
bearing isolators. The company has
a global reach through a distributor
network that covers 75 countries.
Garlock's gaskets and other sealing products are used in nearly every industry. The company supplies
customers in diverse industries such
as chemical processing, oil and gas,
construction, mining, marine, energy, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, nuclear and food and beverage.
Many Garlock components end up in
critical and demanding applications
where safety, uptime and prevention of contamination are essential.
Those essential operations face increasing environmental regulations
and a perpetual need to operate safely and improve plant productivity.
Garlock produces sealing products
certified for use by the nuclear industry and other high-scrutiny applications, a testament to the high level
of specifications and performance its
products represent.
Garlock's products are manufactured at 13 global locations. Each facility produces a range of components,
and in some cases, multiple plants
make the same parts. When a part is
produced at one facility, Garlock's
worldwide distribution network can
quickly get them to customers. Standardized items are kept in stock within the distribution channel and local


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