Lancaster, Mass. — With a multi-million dollar investment in its silicone and thermoplastic elastomer molding abilities in both the medical and aerospace segments over the past two years, the runway to the future for Sterling Manufacturing Co. goes through New England.
That's because Sterling increased its footprint in the Northeast in 2019 with the acquisition of Leominster, Mass.-based Albright Technologies Inc., which focuses on short-run production tooling, prototyping and compression LSR molding for OEMs. The company has made a name for itself in that space — exactly the recognition that drew Sterling to Albright as a complementary company in the first place.
"We have spent the last year-and-a-half building out our capabilities in silicone, now with a much bigger presence," said Stan Bowker, president of Sterling Manufacturing. "Albright is known primarily as a research and development house, but it lacked Sterling's expertise on the back end — the ability to commercialize and scale up programs."
As such, Sterling spent the last year and about $2 million in expanding and improving the infrastructure at the 37,500-sq.-ft. Albright site, building two new clean rooms (for a total of four), a white room (for a total of two) and a compression room. The company has brought in about seven new employees to drive that growth, for a total work force now of about 100, Bowker said.
The company plans to add another 10-15 employees at Albright in the coming years.