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Power Drive Components, Inc.

40 Newtown Plaza
Plainview, NY 11803

Since Al Bello first became a partner and now is the sole-owner of Power Drive Components, Inc., the company has experienced tremendous growth. “When I bought one–third ownership in December of 2004 they were doing about $50,000 worth of business each year,” he says. “Today they're in the $600,000 annual revenue range, and they've only begun to explore their capabilities.” Those capabilities include a wide variety of couplings—both standard and flexible—power and timing chains, sprockets, helical gears, and both internal and external spur gears. “Part of their success is due to the integration of Mike Seda into their gear–manufacturing operations,” Bello says. “Mike’s an expert in worm gearing, and his knowledge and experience has helped us branch out into that area.” While the company has produced many of these items since it was founded 14 years ago, Bello has brought improved manufacturing processes to the table, along with better coupling designs and a host of contacts made during nearly three decades with the W.M. Berg company. When he was approached by the owners of Power Drive to join them he saw an operation that he felt had great potential. He has since revitalized the company, establishing new accounts and constantly expanding the product line it offers. One of its most successful new products is the Bello line of flexible neoprene couplings, and another is the company’s selection of belts and chains for power-drive applications. “They manufacture gear drive chains, circular pitch timing belts, and mini-drive chains, just to name a few, and they've added about six new products to that line since I came onboard,” Bello says. “They're planning to broaden their line of roller chains, too, which represent a huge market for them. ” And one that is global in nature. Bello says that one of its biggest customers is a Hewlett-Packard facility located in Israel—and it also does business with customers in Greece and Germany. Other clients include General Electric and Parker-Hannifin, and the industries served run the gamut from aerospace to material handling, medical equipment, measuring devices, automation, small appliances, and robotics. Power Drive’s manufacturing activities are conducted in two locations in New York, with molding and gear cutting handled at its Plainview site—which also houses headquarters—and a CNC turning and milling facility in West Babylon. The company currently employees about a dozen people and utilizes more than 8,000 square feet of manufacturing space between the two buildings. “I basically have two main goals,” Bello says. “I want to keep adding to our product line, exploring new markets and cultivating relationships with new customers, but I also want to bring more manufacturing jobs to New York as the company expands. Too much of it is going to oversease these days, and I want to bring that work back to the States.”

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