Our mission is to be the best-in-class supplier of complex aerospace products. We will continue to offer value added solutions that are superior to our competitors. We will develop mutually beneficial partnership opportunities for the long-term growth and success for our customers, our employees, and our business as a whole.
Seyer will continue to invest in our talent, processes, and facilities in order to remain the go-to supplier for our customer’s requirements. Aerospace is entering an age of transformation: Urban Air Mobility, Attritable Aircraft, Highly accelerated development and fielding, expanded use of automation.
Seyer will remain a family-owned business, giving us the freedom to invest in these coming programs and new technologies that will allow us to continue to grow our business in the way our customers will require. Private ownership equals financial stability, customer focus, and long-term commitment.
Shortly after getting married in 1950, Lou Seyer, a self-taught tinkerer and inventor, grew tired of working for someone else and sought ways to strike out on his own. Witnessing his wife, Mary Lou, struggle to open a soft boiled egg without burning her fingers, Lou had an idea. After much experimentation, he finally developed what he later dubbed the Easy Egg Cracker. This novel little device was made from two stainless steel cups hinged together that allowed the user to scoop an egg out of boiling water, crack it open, and remove the yolk without ever touching the hot shell.
As pediatricians of the time were recommending soft boiled eggs for infants, the Easy Egg Cracker became a hit with young parents across the country. After months of swift sales, Lou finally had the seed money he needed to strike out on his own. In 1957, he and his partner, Harold Buckner, purchased the machinery from a failing machine shop and founded the Seyer-Buckner Experimental Tool and Die Company in Berkeley, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
Seyer-Buckner served many markets for many years – dabbling wherever they could find work. After Harold Buckner’s passing, the company’s name was shortened to Seyer Industries and moved to its current location in St. Peters, Missouri in 1981. Around this time, Seyer began doing work for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and found a niche manufacturing complex peculiar support equipment for the military. As this business grew, Seyer began focusing on military aerospace work while shedding other lines of business.
Complex support equipment, by its nature, tends to have deep bills of material and multiple levels of assembly. Recognizing the importance of maintaining delivery schedules and controlling quality, the company began standing up vertical in-house capabilities such as welding, assembly, painting, and chemical processing to complement its extensive machining skillset.
With support equipment still going strong, company leadership saw an opportunity in the mid-2000s to take its installed set of capabilities and diversify into the “flying parts” market. Since that time, it has successfully penetrated aircraft structure supply chains at numerous customers. Additionally, the company has found a small niche in the maritime defense market supporting the US Navy.
What started in a farmer’s garage in 1957 has evolved into a world class 210,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Over the decades Seyer has built a reputation for quality and delivery excellence. The company continues to make investments in automation, digitization, and vertical integration in order to provide a true turnkey solution for aerospace and maritime customers.