C.U.E., Inc. traces its history to 1957, the pioneering days of cast urethane elastomers. Armstrong Cork Company, of
The Polyurethane Division prospered as the Armstrong sales force discovered applications for their new material. Some of the early polyurethane products Armstrong produced were fabric-backed and metal-backed sheet goods for lining applications, rods, tubes, textile cots, and a highly-engineered item called an anvil cover for the corrugated box cutting industry.
A recent high school graduate named Joseph Scaletta was hired as a laborer in Armstrong's finishing department. Joe was a dedicated and hard-working young man that was determined to succeed. Joe would prove to be an integral part of the history of the company.
Fluorocarbon Company, based in
As the Fluorocarbon Company grew in other business areas, the Leetsdale, PA urethane operation did not fit the existing product offering and was put up for sale.
Joe Scaletta lead the way with an investment group of six other fellow employees. It was Joe's conviction of what the business could become that encouraged others to join his investment group. Joe knew that with the proper allocation of resources and a concentration on sales and marketing, the business could flourish. By April 7th, 1986, Joe and his team owned the company.
The company was named C.U.E., Incorporated (acronym for Custom Urethane Elastomers). With the new ownership group in control, the focus was now to grow the business. Almost immediately, resources were put back into the business and sales began to rise.
By 1989, the company moved into a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 40,000 square feet manufacturing facility in
As sales grew, more resources were available for investment. State-of-the-art casting equipment replaced aging machines. The company’s consistently-high quality products drove farther growth.
In 1991, C.U.E., Inc. purchased the urethane products division of Corfine in
By the mid-nineties, C.U.E. doubled its building size to 85,000 square feet to accommodate more growth.
C.U.E.’s employee base doubled in the 90s. An engineering Department emerged. Many highly-educated employees were hired during this time, including a Ph.D. Polymer Chemist and several mechanical and industrial engineers.
The new decade started out fast with a purchase of the Polyurethane Division of Linatex Corporation in
The former minority-share investors were bought out and C.U.E., Inc. became 100% Scaletta-family owned, which it remains today.
In 2001 C.U.E. became ISO-9001 certified, an important step towards reaching the goal of being the best urethane molding company in the world. C.U.E. remains ISO certified today.
In 2005, Joe Scaletta, Jr. was named President of C.U.E., Inc. becoming its second President since C.U.E.'s inception.
The company’s focus on product development became stronger in the mid-2000s and much investment was done in this area. Fortune 500 companies were choosing C.U.E. as a product development partner for their elastomer requirements. Many new products and processes were invented and C.U.E. won a prestigious R & D 100 Award in 2005.
Today C.U.E. employs 100 people in two locations and ships urethane products to 50 different countries throughout the world. Product development work and highest quality urethane molding remain its areas of expertise.