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North Florida District Office Success Stories

Orlando Firm wins Regional SBA Exporting Award

Orlando, FL --- Harry Arnon, President and CEO of Hernon Manufacturing, Inc. was recently named the 2013 District, State, and Regional Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hernon Manufacturing produces over 5,000 high performance adhesives, sealants, and processing equipment. Hernon serves multiple industries including:  ammunition, defense, aerospace, automotive, electrical and heavy equipment.  The company sells in more than 25 countries, engaging strategic partners to repackage and/or distribute their products in those nations. All Hernon products are made in the United States.


Hernon Manufacturing, an already established business in the Orlando area for over 20 years, recently worked with SBA resource partner, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Central Florida, to grow its exporting division. The SBDC is helping Hernon evaluate, recommend, and target overseas markets to position the company for its tremendous growth opportunities. For more information on the SBDC, please visit www.floridasbdc.com.


The company currently exports its products to the following countries: Costa Rica, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Egypt, South Africa, China, India, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the Dominican Republic.


Harry Arnon has built the 12th largest manufacturing business in the State of Florida. His company received over one million dollars in contracts to some of the world’s largest defense contractors and has signed joint venture and distribution agreements in over 20 countries.  To facilitate this rapid growth, Hernon has leased additional manufacturing space while it builds and expands into a 70,000 square-foot plant by year end 2013.

Hernon Manufacturing started as a home-based business in 1978, but now employs 40 people, and experienced a 32% increase in annual revenues in 2012 due to its participation in the SBDC program.


Mr. Arnon recently stated “SBA has been an important asset in Hernon’s success. We have found the SBA staff helpful and willing to go the extra mill to help our staff.”


The company’s growth and success have been recognized in the business community as Hernon Manufacturing was named one of the 50 Florida Companies to Watch of 2012.  Out of more than 400 nominees, Hernon was selected to receive this honorable distinction due to its impressive employment rates, revenue growth, entrepreneurial leadership, product innovation, social responsibility and competitive business practices.  Hernon received the William C. Schwartz Industry Innovation Award for its new water-proofing technology for ammunition used by the military and law enforcement, as well as for an advanced process of applying sealants to bullets.


For more information about Hernon Manufacturing, please contact (407) 322-4000 or visit www.hernon.com.