Synco Chemical Corporation Marks 30th Anniversary
Chemical Corporation Marks 30th Anniversary –
Manufacturer of Premium Synthetic Lubricants Has Had No Layoffs
Considered Relocating off Long Island
While it may be hard to believe in today’s service-based economy, there still
are manufacturers thriving on Long Island, New York. In Synco Chemical
Corporation’s case, growth and success has persisted for three decades. What
makes the 30th anniversary even more significant for the manufacturer
of Super Lube® synthetic greases and oils is the fact that the company has
retained some of its original employees and has never had a lay-off.
Furthermore, founders, President Sal Randisi Sr. and his wife, Treasurer Hilda
Randisi, never once thought about moving the company from its 18,000-square foot
Bohemia, New York headquarters to a lower operating cost geographical area. This
is despite the fact that Synco is now marketing its products in over 40
“The majority of our people have been with us for years. They have family on
Long Island and we would never think to ask them to uproot their lives,” stated
That family attitude is one of the major contributing factors to the company’s
Synco has been a small family business since it started in 1980. The fact that
the owners are partners both in business and in life, and wonderful people, has
created a feeling of family and camaraderie that permeates throughout the
organization. Everyone is treated fairly; there is open communications at all
levels and in weekly meetings to exchange ideas. In return, Sal Sr. and Hilda
have gained the loyalty and complete commitment from their employees.
“We are a family business in every way,” said Mrs. Randisi. “Our employees know
they can always talk to us, give their opinion and we will listen. We encourage
everyone to offer ideas and solutions. We believe it’s their company too, and
their opinions count.”
The company started with four people and now has 27 staff members, a few of whom
have been with the company for as long as 28 years. The average tenure is over 7
years and there has been very little turnover. The company’s staff mirrors the
growing diversity of our nation with several ethnicities represented. The glass
ceiling is non-evident with women in many top managerial positions, from plant
manager to supervisor of quality control.
Employee loyalty is not the only ingredient in Synco’s success formula. From the
very beginning, the company was a product innovator. The teaming up of Sal
Randisi Sr., a mechanical engineer, and Hilda Randisi, a pharmacist, resulted in
the development of an innovative white gelled formula (WGL) in which Hilda was
able to suspend a key ingredient, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a solid
lubricant which does not evaporate like base oils and thus enables the lubricant
to last three to four times longer. In addition to being longer-lasting, the
product has since evolved to offer other key features: anti-friction, anti-wear,
anti-rust, anti-corrosion, water and salt resistant, environmentally-clean and
food grade quality.
The Randisis patented the product and its proprietary PTFE element, Syncolon®,
and began marketing the product initially to the consumer boating market.
Subsequently, a major telecommunications company recognized the product’s
potential in a unique telecommunications application, giving birth to the second
product in the Synco line. It was a user-friendly gel applied as a water sealant
in aerial splice bags to eliminate the then common problem of cross-talk. With
this major contract, Synco was launched to a new level and soon thereafter, more
contracts started coming in from major corporations including a pioneer in fiber
optic cables who awarded the company its first $1 million contract. With that
1981 contract, Synco leased additional space in its current location. In 1983,
Synco branded its Super Lube® product, began expanding into new vertical markets
and purchased the entire building where it was previously leasing space. In
1984, after graduating Purdue University, Sal II, the Randisis son joined the
company as head of sales and helped expand into new markets. Two years later, a
large international oil refinery began distributing Synco’s products in Italy,
and soon after, the company’s products were in Japan and other Asian markets.
Fast forward to 2010 and we see Synco still in an expansion mode although it has
contained its staff size by operating lean, efficiently and with leading-edge
The application of advanced technologies, both on the manufacturing line and on
the business side, has enabled Synco to work smarter, more accurately and in
adherence to the highest standards of quality and customer service.
Synco is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, currently pursuing Ford Motor
Company’s Q1 Preferred Quality Award certification. The company’s Super Lube®
grease and oil products are manufactured, and listed as “Food Grade”, with an
H-1 rating, for incidental food contact by the National Sanitation Foundation
(NSF) in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifications.
Super Lube® products are also Kosher-certified by the Rabbinical Counsel of New
“Quality is the number one priority at Synco. It is inbred in all of us and
required by our customers. It is evident across all areas of operation, from
production and customer service to our R&D for the continuous improvement of our
are always open to potential acquisitions or strategic alliances which enable us
to continually evolve and fulfill broader market needs. While our industry and
manufacturing, in general, has changed considerably over the past three decades
– most notably with increased regulatory climate, the advancement of
technologies and outsourcing – there are still some basic tenets that hold true.
They are: you need a product that keeps pace with market conditions such as new
regulations for environmental protection and consumer safety, can be produced
with consistency and high quality, and can be offered at competitive price
points. That’s ultimately what counts; that and a strong commitment to customer
service,” said Mr. Randisi.
For Synco Chemical Corporation, manufacturing has been good. The company is
producing an expansive line of high quality, multi-purpose synthetic lubricants
and cleaners now being used in a wide range of markets, from food and beverage,
marine and telecommunications, to building maintenance, public works and
transportation. That may be in contrast to what’s happening in America, but
Synco stands by manufacturing.
lot of young people coming out of college today may be discounting manufacturing
as a career path because of all the doom and gloom news and the decline of
manufacturing in some of the most visible industries, the auto industry, for
instance,” said Mr. Randisi. “However, I would say to them, don’t give up on
manufacturing, engineering and some of the industries that built our nation.
There may be more opportunity for them in manufacturing than on Wall Street
today. We are an example of how manufacturing can thrive even through
challenging economic periods.”
What’s ahead for Sal Sr. and Hilda Randisi? Well, they are still very much
hands-on in the company they founded and, just like their employees are
encouraged to do, they regularly offer suggestions to improve operations and
help position the company for decades to come.
For more information, visit:
www.super-lube.com or call: 631-567-5300.