While serving as an apprentice machinist for Liberty Aircraft, Walter A. Abel and his wife Dorothy founded Seanair Machine Company in 1956. After spending its initial years in rented facilities in New Hyde Park, New York, Mr. Abel moved the company to a newer factory that he bought in Farmingdale, New York. Initially only composed of 2500 square feet, the facility has grown by local acquisition and new construction to the 31,250 square feet it occupies today. As evidenced in the name of the company, Seanair had its initial roots in manufacturing machined parts for aircraft and submarines. As a strong reputation for manufacturing complex aircraft parts and assemblies was established, it was determined that this was where the company would focus its efforts. The early dedication of it's founders was rewarded with a Project Sterling Award from the Grumman Corporation in 1967. Seanair found itself to be a valuable contributor to the A-6, EA-6B, E-2C, C-2A, and F-14 programs. Most prestigious of its early contributions, Seanair manufactured parts for the Lunar Module, and parts manufactured by the company sit on the moon to this day!
Seanair became a sole woman owned business when Mr. Abel passed away in 1979, and Dorothy Abel decided to continue the family business. Under her guidance, the company bought it's first CNC machining centers, ending the era of the hydraulic tracing machines that dominated her husband's shop. The new equipment brought new success to the company to the point where Mrs. Abel enlisted the help of her daughter Laura, and her husband Thomas Nawrocki. With a solid core of family members, Seanair took on the challenge of new customers and programs. Growth was significant, and the company now has 22 modern machining centers.
Mrs. Abel sadly passed away in 2017, and Laura Abel Nawrocki now heads the family company as its president. Seanair now finds itself as a key contributor to programs with the Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company is recognized as the leading supplier of individual parts for the C-130 program. Seanair continues to serve it's customers with the value system instilled by its founders – to be recognized as the one that customers turn to when they seek the best.
A picture of Seanair's shop as it appeared in the early 1970's. The shop was predominately made up of hydraulic tracing machines.
A picture of a porton of Seanair as it is today, dominated by high speed CNC milling centers.