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Seneca Ceramics

"We've worked with a wide range
of companies in various industries including pharmaceutical, mining, electronic, abrasives, law enforcement,
and aquaculture," Sheckler says. "You
never know where the customer will
come from. But they all have a problem that requires a ceramic solution.
We're good at coming up with solutions that nobody else can make and
at a very affordable price."

xclusive feature

Custom Made

seneca ceramics offers solutions
for applications such as furniture,
porous shields, furnace liners,
labware and diffusers.

Problem Solvers
seneca tackles complex projects for companies
with custom-designed solutions. by kat zeman
Chad Sheckler likes solving challenging problems. A ceramic engineer specializing in high temperature
chemistry and process technology,
Sheckler's company focuses on custom-designed ceramic solutions others find difficult.
"We like to take on projects that
have been an ongoing challenge for
the customer," says Sheckler, founder and president of Seneca Ceramics. "We are looking for the problems
that companies have not been able to

solve. For example, we had a company that was trying to develop a product for about 10 years. They needed a
small complex ceramic component
for it. After looking all over the world,
they came to us."
Seneca Ceramics was able to design
the part and ended up manufacturing 1 million pieces of the product for
the company. The Phelps, N.Y.-based
manufacturer specializes in ceramic
microstructures, near net shape and
complex shapes.

Since its customers rely on Seneca
Ceramics to help them make technological advances in their respective
markets, the company goes to great
lengths to safeguard the nature of
that technology.
"One hundred percent of our products are custom designed," Sheckler
says. "We almost never have a competitor for what we are making. Our
products are so customized that they
are not easy to reproduce. It's not
like a cellphone where there are eight
manufacturers that make the same
product and everybody is trying to
compete with each other."
Seneca Ceramics' solutions are
built from the ground up. That means
starting at the microstructure and
chemistry stage and building up to design and manufacturing. It provides
ceramic solutions that can be either
fully dense or porous.
Some of the applications that Seneca Ceramics offers include kiln and
furnace furniture, porous shields,
nonreactive plates for sintering,
furnace liners, custom labware and
diffusers. The company can develop complex, high-definition forms
and shapes, and practices body and

Seneca Ceramics / www.senecaceramics.com / Headquarters: Phelps, N.Y. / Specialty: Ceramic manufacturing / Chad Sheckler, founder
and president: "We are looking for the problems that companies have not been able to solve."

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