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August of 1964, Bill Fisch and Deken Jones founded Accratronics
Seals Corp. (ATS) in a 5000 sq. ft. building in Burbank, CA. The
company had eight employees including Bill and Deken, along with
an idea to produce glass to metal seal connector cartridges for
aerospace and military applications. Unlike other small manufacturers
at the time, the company's intention was to perform every element
of the process, such as machining the body, broaching, threading,
making carbon molds & glass, chemical cleaning, pressure testing,
and of course, glass sealing. From the beginning, the goal for ATS
was to be as self-supporting as possible, in house with all manufacturing
processes under our control.
November of 1964, having in-house, self-contained capabilities proved
invaluable. An engineer of Central Technology Inc. came to ATS with
an urgent need for a connector of a peculiar design for the Gemini
Space Program. After an exhaustive meeting, the engineer was convinced
that ATS could build the part. However, he needed 100 of them in a
week where normal delivery could have taken as long as a year. A promise
of two weeks or sooner was made and agreed on. Ten days later, 100
pieces were shipped. Within a week, ATS had their first large contract
for several thousand parts and the company was in business.
Early in the
formulative months of ATS, a unique development occurred regarding
the landlord of the first building. Being close to Hollywood, movie
stars could occasionally be seen locally. However, it was still
a surprise to learn that the building was owned by Moe Howard, of
the "Three Stooges". While at first reluctant to lease
the building, he eventually did and came every month to personally
collect the rent. It was during his many visits that he showed an
interest in the company and the products they made. This interest
would prove helpful later.
Once ATS had
an order for a large quantity of parts, the company needed money
to acquire the materials to make the parts. Being such a small and
new company, none of the local banks were willing to lend ATS money.
That month, when Moe came to collect the rent, he could sense the
disappointment and frustration present at ATS. When he learned why,
he personally called his bank and guaranteed a loan. So a successful
business launch was realized with the help of an actor, patron,
and friend. Moe's friendship and encouragement continued until his
death in the mid-seventies and ATS is grateful to him and his memory.
In 1976, the
company moved into their present 14,000 sq. ft. facility adjacent
to the original building. Acquisition of new CNC machines expanded
our capabilities to meet the needs of our customers and move ATS
into a competitive and successful "build-to-print" job
its foundation, ATS has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise
run and managed as a family business now including General Manager
Corby Jones, Information Systems Manager Kris Jones, Manufacturing
Manager Troy Jones and Purchasing Manager Alicha Jones Ens. Over the
years ATS continues a proud tradition of service, trust, and performance.
What began in 1964 is now an experienced and quality shop, taking
its place in the future.
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