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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2023 / Vol 46 No 2


34 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK ZAGO MANUFACTURING CO. 21 East Runyon Street, Newark, NJ 07114 TEL 973-643-6700 FAX 973-643-4433 EMAIL WEB ZAGO CELEBRATES 30 YEARS! In 1993, husband and wife team Harvey Rottenstrich and Gail Friedberg Rottenstrich took the plunge and started U.S.A.-based ZAGO Manufacturing Co. Fasten forward thirty years later and the manufacturer of high-tech sustainable sealing fasteners and switch boots is going strong. ZAGO: Hatched At An Incubator Harvey, an electrical engineer, and Gail, a corporate attorney, started ZAGO via a small-business incubator program offered at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Enterprise Development Center in Newark, NJ. Today, ZAGO operates from a world-class manufacturing facility in the heart of Newark, just miles away from NJIT. “The first few years, the program provided office space at a reduced rental rate, secretarial services, and space for assembly and production,” notes Harvey, who today serves as President and Lead Engineer. “And perhaps the most valuable offering of all, critical business advice.” Pronounced with a long A, ZAGO stands for each of the family member’s initials. Gail and Harvey have three grown sons, two of whom work at ZAGO. MARRIED COUPLE GAIL FRIEDBERG ROTTENSTRICH AND HARVEY ROTTENSTRICH CO-FOUNDED ZAGO MANUFACTURING CO. IN 1993. After five years, ZAGO outgrew the incubator, and eventually bought and refurbished their current location – a 100-year-old factory based in the South Ward of Newark. It was important to Gail and Harvey that they stay in Newark. “We envisioned ZAGO as being a great place for Newark residents, and others living locally, to work and flourish,” says Gail. Today, ZAGO employs 35 men and women representing different backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities; many who hail from Newark. “One reason I love working at ZAGO is the diversity of our people, who each bring different ideas to the table,” notes Jackie Luciano, Vice President and a 15-year veteran of ZAGO. It Felt Like Jumping Off A Cliff “Starting a business is scary. You invest a lot of time, effort, money, and hope it works out. We had to take the leap and push forward. We are so glad we did,” says Gail, who today serves as CEO of ZAGO, now a woman-owned business. ZAGO’s Founding Customers ZAGO started as a manufacturer of MS3212/3213 sealing screws for the military and aerospace; two critical sectors that ZAGO serves today, and why ZAGO sealing screws are pressure-tested to 1,500 psi. ZAGO also offers MIL-DTL-5423 panel bushing seals. BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 112

Greenslade & Company is proud to announce we have renewed our ISO 17025 Certification for two more years. With continued equipment additions and scope expansions, we raise our capabilities to ensure the best possible service to our customers. We are accredited by A2LA and recognized globally through their rigorous assessment of our Quality System. The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, public-service membership society offering accreditation programs for laboratories and other testing companies and industries. The Greenslade & Company mission is to contribute to the success of our customers by providing them with the lowest cost, most prompt and most error-free dimensional calibration services available. Additionally, it is our mission to provide our employees with a pleasant, challenging, and rewarding work environment, while also providing our vendors with a mutually profitable and respectful relationship. For more information contact Greenslade & Company, Inc. at 2234 Wenneca Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Call Toll Free: 800-435-2657, Tel: 817-870-8888, Fax: 817- 870-9199, Email: sales@ or visit them online at www. THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK 35


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