Our Story

Seiler is known across the country for our personalized solutions that withstand the most rigorous tests. From providing precision manufacturing services to outfitting planetariums, we’re committed to a level of customer service that has earned us a reputation of respect. This dedication to quality can be traced back to our beginning in the early 1900s when our founder, Eric H. Seiler, began pursuing his interest in fine optics.

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timeline

Eric H. Seiler begins his studies at the Zeiss School of Fine Optics in Jena, Germany.

After receiving his master’s degree, Seiler and his wife Dora move to the United States and start the Seiler Instrument and Manufacturing Company.

After several years repairing and refurbishing existing equipment, Eric H. Seiler develops his own set of survey instruments for distribution.

Seiler is now manufacturing and distributing over 100 products which prompts the creation of the Manufacturing and Survey Divisions.

Eric H. Seiler partners with Carl Zeiss to distribute Zeiss’ line of microscopes in North America. Several years later, the successful partnership comes to an end, and Eric H. Seiler develops his own cutting-edge microscope line which leads to partnerships in Germany, South America and Asia.

The Planetarium Division is created when Seiler’s renews their partnership with Zeiss and distributes Zeiss Planetaria equipment throughout the United States and Canada.

Seiler acquires McMillan Night Vision and begins manufacturing and distributing day/night vision rifle scopes to the military, law enforcement and hunters.

President Rick Seiler, Executive Vice President Tom Seiler, and Executive Vice President Louise Schaper continue their family legacy of innovation and quality across six divisions: Precision Manufacturing, Geospatial, GeoDrones, Medical, Planetarium and Design Solutions.

Leadership

Our culture starts at the top with President Rick Seiler who maintains an open-door policy for all employees. When he’s not spearheading company growth initiatives, Rick can be found walking the halls of Seiler, engaging with team members and taking a hands-on approach to his role.

Eric (Rick) Seiler Jr.

Eric (Rick) Seiler Jr.

President/CEO

Tom Seiler

Tom Seiler

Executive Vice President,
Geospatial and Medical Divisions

Rick Gray

Rick Gray

Chief Operating Officer

Kurtis Schaper

Kurtis Schaper

Vice President of HR and Marketing

Louise Schaper

Louise Schaper

Executive Vice President, Compliance Director and Planetarium Division Manager

Matt Seiler

Matt Seiler

Vice President of Precision Manufacturing

Eric Seiler III

Eric Seiler III

Vice President of Survey Sales

Ward Petito

Ward Petito

Vice President of Finance

GOVERNANCE

It is the unwavering policy of Seiler to comply with all United States laws and regulations applicable to its operations. As a United States company with distributors, sales representatives, and customers around the globe, we are cognizant of laws that regulate the import and export of products, software, and technology. Similarly, we follow all laws that establish embargoes or otherwise restrict trade with specific countries, entities and individuals. Knowledge of these laws and compliance is the responsibility of every Seiler employee and the most important obligation.

We view compliance as a mandatory responsibility that is part of the privilege of providing services to the United States Department of Defense and engaging in other importing and exporting activities. It is understood that penalties imposed for violations of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, Export Administration Regulations and other applicable regulations are severe and may include financial assessments as well as criminal prosecution.

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Working at Seiler

Honesty, integrity, accountability. Over the years, these values have helped us cultivate an environment where world-class solutions – and people – thrive. Our family-owned legacy is a key component of this vision, and we take pride in building relationships not just with our clients, but within our walls. This means everyone is given an equal opportunity to grow as individuals and as a team.

Culture Events

Throughout the year, Seiler hosts company lunches, holiday parties and more which offer everyone an opportunity to get to know one another. Moments like these are crucial to maintaining an atmosphere where we can continue to build solutions.

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Precision-Crafted Careers

Our legacy of quality relies on growth, and we’re always looking for talented people to join our team. Take charge of your future and discover opportunities with Seiler.