By: Constance Harness
rods, vintage soda machines, popcorn machines, and Wurlitzers are
some of Charles de Heras’ interests. In fact, one of his Wurlitzers
was made famous on the Happy Days’ television series – the one The
Fonz always hit.
However, Mr. de Heras’ chief interest
is in the manufacture of E.S.D. and environmental protective systems
through his present company, SECO. He chose the name seco because
in Spanish this means dry, emphasizing drier packaging than the
soupy pink poly products.
Charles de Heras started out in his
father’s company, Armand Manufacturing. In 1982, he left Armand
and he and his wife began SECO in their garage. After separation
from his wife, she started a company named Liberty Packaging, employing
30-50 employees. These three E.S.D. companies have been established
by the de Heras family and are still in operation.
SECO grew from a borrowed 800 sq ft
warehouse in Glendale, CA, to its present 600,000 sq ft location
in Montebello, CA, employing approximately 100-200 people, depending
on production needs. Distributors are located coast to coast; and
sales and service are provided to the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe,
Asia, and the Middle East.
Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Hughes,
IBM, Motorola, McDonnell Douglas, and Baxter - to name a few
– believe in SECO products and systems. In fact, SECO had a
boost in the early days by supplying Hewlett-Packard their specialty
cushion pouches; and this foundation with HP accounts for up
to 40% of E.S.D. business.
E.S.D. now accounts for 80% of
the total business since Charles bought Gramatech three years
ago to diversify into the area of vacuum packaging. Charles
met Jerry Dumas his Vice President sixteen years ago when
Jerry was manufacturing VCR covers. Jerry now runs operations
at SECO and Gramatech.
SECO is a full-service company
providing a wide variety of stock and custom ESD/Poly/Anti-Static
and Barrier packaging materials specializing in custom multi-layer
pouches and transporters for electronic, medical, and food service
applications as well stainless steel vacuum packaging and sealing
In the MATERIAL DIVISION,
a variety of packaging products is manufactured to meet every
need: Single Layer Bags. Clear Moisture Barrier Bags. Foil Moisture
Barrier Bags. Cushion Pouches. Binders, Sheet Protectors, Shop
Travelers. Shrink and Stretch Films. Square Bottom Covers and
Gusset Bags. Adhesive Envelopes and Labels. Vinyl Badge and Card
Pouch: Secovac 132, Safecell, and Secovac 132. Construction can
reduce a 5,000-Volt charge to fewer than 500 Volts in less than
one second. Cushioning Absorbs Shock and Vibration.
The EQUIPMENT DIVISION acquired in 1997
(Gramatech), manufactures state-of-the-art Stainless Steel Vacuum
Packaging and Sealing Equipment suitable for Medical, Electronic,
Cleanroom, and Food Service Sealing needs. We also carry a full
line of Hand and Foot Sealers, Heat Shrink Systems and Parts.
NITROVAC. SECO / Gramatech's NITROVAC
is the ultimate machine for vacuum packaging fresh roasted whole
bean and ground coffee. It's also well suited to the demanding
environment of industrial food packaging. If you're ready for
the ultimate Vacuum Packaging Machine check out the NITROVAC!
The CLEAN ROOM. SECO Industries
maintains certified Class 10, Class 100, and Class 1000 Clean
Rooms within a freestanding, rigid, double-walled building located
inside our main building.
Visit Seco’s web site at
see the full line of packaging materials, sealing equipment,
and clean room facilities.