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Gas mask work comes to seasoned Ames

A molder gets a big contract, hires 110 employees, purchases eight new injection machines … no, we’re not flashing back to 2000.

Amie Chitwood

May 7, 2009

2 Min Read
Gas mask work comes to seasoned Ames

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All of Ames' masks are designed to meet critical military specifications for chemical, heat, and biological resistance.

A molder gets a big contract, hires 110 employees, purchases eight new injection machines … no, we’re not flashing back to 2000. It’s 2009, recession city, and Ames Corp. of Hamburg, NJ is finding success in the military/security/industrial arena with a gas mask component contract.

The 60-year-old manufacturer of elastomeric coatings, molded parts, and insert molded components landed the contract in June 2008 and has recently started a second respiratory protective device project. President and CEO Chuck Roberts says Ames was chosen based on its 13 years of experience in making these types of components. “Our existing gas mask component customers have given us extremely high marks for our close attention to the stringent quality standards required for these critical components,” Roberts says. “These relations have allowed Ames to manufacture and deliver millions of parts with zero defects and with a very high on-time delivery record.”

Ames is molding parts for the masks’ basic structure—the face blanks, second skins, nose cups, sipper tubes, and outlet valves—and all the masks are designed to meet critical military specifications for chemical, heat, and biological resistance. Five 450-ton Desmas, plus two 400-ton and one 250-ton Rep shuttle presses are turning out these components. According to Roberts, the shuttle presses were chosen thanks to their better temperature control, better access to parts, greater productivity, and safety features.


With the decline in its office automation rollers business since 2008, Ames has picked up work in aerospace, alternative energy, and medical, in addition to gas masks, which now comprises 40% of its business (see table). [email protected]

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