OKAY Industries names John Kollar director of application development

Published on Monday, 7 January 2019 16:56
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - OKAY Industries, Inc. has hired a new director of application development to actively support product engineering and development as well as spearhead the expansion of the company, which will introduce equipment for new plastic molding capabilities.

John Kollar, of Fairfield, will have a position based at the company’s headquarters in New Britain. Kollar has more than 30 years’ experience in the field. The company’s announcement states that Kollar will bring his specialized expertise in solution-oriented engineering, precision manufacturing and operational leadership to his new role at OKAY Industries. “We are excited to welcome John to our team,” Jason Howey, president of OKAY Industries, said. “His expertise in plastic molding is respected throughout the industry, and we look forward to leveraging his extensive knowledge and skills in manufacturing and product development in our customer projects.”

Kollar will also provide support to OKAY Industries facilities in Berlin and Costa Rica.

Kollar’s previous experiences in plastic molding processes and technologies will support the manufacturer as it expands its capabilities with their new plastic molding services. The expansion will further the company’s position as a vertically integrated, customer-focused partner, as well as support the development of medical device components and sub-assemblies.

OKAY Industries, headquartered at at 200 Ellis St., was founded in 1911. It was first named B. Jahn Manufacturing, but was renamed in 1968 by Edward Okay.

The majority of the business serves the medical device industry. The company makes parts for surgical devices, implants, as well as for robotic surgeries.

OKAY Industries uses a variety of machines with different capabilities such as stamping, machining, laser processing, and automatic and robotic assembly.

For about 15 years, the company has handled automation technology to improve productivity, safety and increase the quality of the parts.

In addition to keeping up with quality, technology and new capabilities, OKAY Industries has a partnership with Central Connecticut State University.

The company awards scholarships to students focusing on mechanical or manufacturing engineering.

The company also has two paid internship programs, and it promotes manufacturing and engineering to students in junior high school. The company has also allowed students to tour the facility for a better understanding of its operations and to help them become more educated in the manufacturing industry.

To learn more about OKAY Industries visit their website at www.okayind.com or call 860-225-8707

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, on Monday, 7 January 2019 16:56. Updated: Monday, 7 January 2019 16:58.