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ABOUT US

National Jet Company embodies a convergence of TECHNOLOGY, TEAMWORK, PASSION, & INTEGRITY.

ABOUT US

A convergence of TECHNOLOGY, TEAMWORK, PASSION, & INTEGRITY.

NATIONAL JET COMPANY- A FAMILY-FRIENDLY BUSINESS

NATIONAL JET COMPANY- A FAMILY-FRIENDLY BUSINESS

National Jet Company is the embodiment of the family owned business. The company was purchased in 1992 by Sam and Pam Griffith with no prior experience of owning a manufacturing company. Over the years, Mr. Griffith leaned on his family, team, passion and integrity to grow the business. He comes to work at the office every day handling most of the scheduling, equipment purchasing, personnel and accounting issues.

Under Griffith’s leadership, National Jet Company is not just a family business; it is a family-friendly business. They celebrate employees’ personal milestones. There is a quarterly pancake breakfast where bonus checks are passed out. There is always a company Christmas party and frequently a company sponsored trip to amusement parks with entire families. It is a typical family-run business, and it’s a great place to work.

The National Jet Quality Policy

Enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty by meeting our customer’s requirements and expectations.

Continually improve our products, striving to ship defect free products.

Continually improve the effectiveness of our quality management system.

Maintain a motivated and highly skilled team.

UPCOMING EVENTS

EXECUTIVE TEAM

EXECUTIVE TEAM

R. Samuel Griffith

R. Samuel Griffith


President  ||   (email Sam)

Opening Doors, Creating Opportunities.
Having an established career as a CPA, a chance newspaper reading started Sam down a new path: this time, manufacturing. 1992 found the Griffiths investing everything they had (and a lot they didn’t have) in this new opportunity. They packed up their two small children, and with great pride and just a little trepidation, Sam took the reins of this venerable small hole manufacturing company.

Spending part of each day on the shop floor, Sam quickly came to a thorough understanding of the capabilities of the existing equipment, and then began to make investments in machines that allowed new and expanded operations.

A quarter of a century later, Sam continues to invest in the latest technology. He recently purchased a piece of equipment that was so large, they had to knock out a section of concrete wall to get it through the door!

Nationally, Sam serves as a board member of the NTMA and in Maryland, he was appointed to an advisory commission on Manufacturing by four consecutive Governors.

Closer to home, Sam contributes to the cultural, economic and educational institutions of the western Maryland region with endless support and leadership. Most notable is his service on the board of the Frostburg State University Foundation, where as board President he spearheaded the capitol campaign and raised $16.7 million to support university students.

The complete list of professional and volunteer boards, committees, and awards is long, and for this myriad of community work Sam was honored with the Chamber’s prestigious “Service Award”.

On the weekend, Sam loves golf: playing it or watching it. Weekends also mean quality time with his whole family, an important part of which is gathering for Sam’s legendary pancakes! In late winter, Sam gets pretty serious about March Madness, and thoughtfully predicts outcomes for the 67 games.

Sam is proud of his work, and all the opportunities that he has created for his family, his employees and university students. He is most proud of his two children, and he considers their success to be his greatest accomplishment.

It may have been a fortuitous occurrence that brought Sam Griffith to the National Jet Company, but there is certainly nothing accidental about his success.

R. Samuel Griffith / President

R. Samuel Griffith

Opening Doors, Creating Opportunities.
Having an established career as a CPA, a chance newspaper reading started Sam down a new path: this time, manufacturing. 1992 found the Griffiths investing everything they had (and a lot they didn’t have) in this new opportunity. They packed up their two small children, and with great pride and just a little trepidation, Sam took the reins of this venerable small hole manufacturing company.

Spending part of each day on the shop floor, Sam quickly came to a thorough understanding of the capabilities of the existing equipment, and then began to make investments in machines that allowed new and expanded operations.

A quarter of a century later, Sam continues to invest in the latest technology. He recently purchased a piece of equipment that was so large, they had to knock out a section of concrete wall to get it through the door!

Nationally, Sam serves as a board member of the NTMA and in Maryland, he was appointed to an advisory commission on Manufacturing by four consecutive Governors.

Closer to home, Sam contributes to the cultural, economic and educational institutions of the western Maryland region with endless support and leadership. Most notable is his service on the board of the Frostburg State University Foundation, where as board President he spearheaded the capitol campaign and raised $16.7 million to support university students.

The complete list of professional and volunteer boards, committees, and awards is long, and for this myriad of community work Sam was honored with the Chamber’s prestigious “Service Award”.

On the weekend, Sam loves golf: playing it or watching it. Weekends also mean quality time with his whole family, an important part of which is gathering for Sam’s legendary pancakes! In late winter, Sam gets pretty serious about March Madness, and thoughtfully predicts outcomes for the 67 games.

Sam is proud of his work, and all the opportunities that he has created for his family, his employees and university students. He is most proud of his two children, and he considers their success to be his greatest accomplishment.

It may have been a fortuitous occurrence that brought Sam Griffith to the National Jet Company, but there is certainly nothing accidental about his success.

Samuel B. Griffith

Samuel B. Griffith


Vice President   ||   (email Sam)

Sam Jr. believes that whatever the problem, the solution is “technology”.
Bringing his state-of-the-art skillset from Washington, D.C., Sam Jr. joined his father at the National Jet Company in June, 2014. As Vice President, Sam Jr. is totally focused on improving the company’s processes and expanding its capabilities.

Sam Jr. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is proud to serve as a Trustee of the NTMA, and closer to home, he serves on the board of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

Total fitness geeks, Sam Jr. and his wife Kelsey live lake-side with their German Shepherd, Sarai. They share their all-weather enthusiasm for the outdoors: boating, golfing, and snowboarding.

As an emerging leader, Sam Jr. is excited to see where technology is going to take this industry. If there was a neon sign over his desk, it would say OPEN to NEW OPPORTUNITIES!

Samuel B. Griffith / Vice President

Samuel B. Griffith

Sam Jr. believes that whatever the problem, the solution is “technology”.
Bringing his state-of-the-art skillset from Washington, D.C., Sam Jr. joined his father at the National Jet Company in June, 2014. As Vice President, Sam Jr. is totally focused on improving the company’s processes and expanding its capabilities.

Sam Jr. holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is proud to serve as a Trustee of the NTMA, and closer to home, he serves on the board of the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce.

Total fitness geeks, Sam Jr. and his wife Kelsey live lake-side with their German Shepherd, Sarai. They share their all-weather enthusiasm for the outdoors: boating, golfing, and snowboarding.

As an emerging leader, Sam Jr. is excited to see where technology is going to take this industry. If there was a neon sign over his desk, it would say OPEN to NEW OPPORTUNITIES!

Ben Odom

Ben Odom


General Manager   ||   (email Ben)

Ben Odom is a planner.
Raw materials come in through the back door, and meticulous finished products leave through the front door. Ben guides this process with his gentle and steady oversight of suppliers, engineers, technicians, sales people, and most importantly, customers.

Ben started his career as a technician at BASF, where he became an expert in spinerettes. Having that technical expertise has served him well as he moved over to the management side.

In his community, Ben shares his leadership skills and planning acumen with his church. Currently serving as a trustee, he assists with the care of the current property, and is also actively involved in the design process for a new building.

On the weekend, you’ll find Ben up in the bleachers, supporting his three granddaughters in their softball, basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics. He is pleased to see the skills and sportsmanship they display as they spin, flip, swing and spike.

At work and at home, Ben’s days are full and spirited, and he is especially happy “When everything goes according to plan”.

Ben Odom / General Manager

Ben Odom

Ben Odom is a planner.
Raw materials come in through the back door, and meticulous finished products leave through the front door. Ben guides this process with his gentle and steady oversight of suppliers, engineers, technicians, sales people, and most importantly, customers.

Ben started his career as a technician at BASF, where he became an expert in spinerettes. Having that technical expertise has served him well as he moved over to the management side.

In his community, Ben shares his leadership skills and planning acumen with his church. Currently serving as a trustee, he assists with the care of the current property, and is also actively involved in the design process for a new building.

On the weekend, you’ll find Ben up in the bleachers, supporting his three granddaughters in their softball, basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics. He is pleased to see the skills and sportsmanship they display as they spin, flip, swing and spike.

At work and at home, Ben’s days are full and spirited, and he is especially happy “When everything goes according to plan”.

Chuck Condor

Chuck Condor


Sales Manager   ||   (email Chuck)

Chuck Condor is all about matching challenges with solutions.
As the Head of Sales and Marketing for the National Jet Company, Chuck knows the capabilities of every machine, every tool, and every technology that National Jet employs. He understands his team, and he knows the processes for manufacturing. Pulling these myriad parts and capabilities together, Chuck works closely with the customer to provide the most accurate and efficient method to produce their part.

Before his move to the National Jet Company, Chuck spent ten years in New Hampshire, where he and his three young sons took full advantage of the White Mountains. Having endured the wind, cold, heat, ice and snow, Chuck has summited most of the 48 highest peaks in the Presidential Range, which means he is well on his way to capturing the coveted title of NH48. His most harrowing adventure in the Whites was his trip down the Tuckerman’s Ravine…on skis!

Here in Maryland, Chuck stays at lower elevations, but still travels in the paths of Presidents. His thrice-weekly runs are alongside the C+O, a canal first envisioned by George Washington.

With his sons now grown and out of the house, Chuck looks forward to meeting them on the top of a ski slope, or a river bed with a couple of kayaks.

Chuck is always working on a solution: how to get to the top of the mountain or how to get to the bottom of the ski slope. Most importantly, though, is “how to produce the best parts for his customers”.

Chuck Condor / Sales Manager

Chuck Condor

Chuck Condor is all about matching challenges with solutions.
As the Head of Sales and Marketing for the National Jet Company, Chuck knows the capabilities of every machine, every tool, and every technology that National Jet employs. He understands his team, and he knows the processes for manufacturing. Pulling these myriad parts and capabilities together, Chuck works closely with the customer to provide the most accurate and efficient method to produce their part.

Before his move to the National Jet Company, Chuck spent ten years in New Hampshire, where he and his three young sons took full advantage of the White Mountains. Having endured the wind, cold, heat, ice and snow, Chuck has summited most of the 48 highest peaks in the Presidential Range, which means he is well on his way to capturing the coveted title of NH48. His most harrowing adventure in the Whites was his trip down the Tuckerman’s Ravine…on skis!

Here in Maryland, Chuck stays at lower elevations, but still travels in the paths of Presidents. His thrice-weekly runs are alongside the C+O, a canal first envisioned by George Washington.

With his sons now grown and out of the house, Chuck looks forward to meeting them on the top of a ski slope, or a river bed with a couple of kayaks.

Chuck is always working on a solution: how to get to the top of the mountain or how to get to the bottom of the ski slope. Most importantly, though, is “how to produce the best parts for his customers”.

FOUNDED ON SMALL HOLE DRILLING (A Little History…)

FOUNDED ON SMALL HOLE DRILLING (A Little History…)

National Jet Company was founded by John Cupler in 1937. He worked at a local fiber plant and came up with a better way to make the drills and drill the small holes that the company needed for the manufacturing of their spinnerettes. He set up shop in Cumberland, Maryland. As National Jet Company grew, the company expanded into many different methods for making small holes, including EDM, wire EDM, swiss turning, and more.

In the late 50’s National Jet Company was featured on the popular game show “I’ve Got a Secret” with Gary Moore. Mr. Cupler appeared on the show and the “secret’’ was that he had drilled a hole thru Bess Myerson’s hair. To see the clip from this show, click here.

Drilling a human hair…

The story with the most history though, is of Mr. Cupler drilling a hole in a competitors drill. One day in the early 1960’s, Mr. Cupler received a package from a European competitor that showed off their latest drill, a drill that they claimed was the smallest in the world. Mr. Cupler inspected the drill, then took it to his shop and drilled a hole in the end of their drill! He sent it back to the competitor with a note that simply said “No it isn’t”. The story was eventually picked up by the Wall Street Journal and seems to be remembered by a lot of people. It is indeed a true story.

To the right is a photograph of a human hair (approximately .003’’ diameter) through which National Jet Company has drilled a hole (.0012’’ diameter hole). National Jet Company produced the drilling machine, the drills, and the know how to do this work. Everything about this job was Made in the USA.

National Jet Company was founded by John Cupler in 1937. He worked at a local fiber plant and came up with a better way to make the drills and drill the small holes that the company needed for the manufacturing of their spinnerettes. He set up shop in Cumberland, Maryland. As National Jet Company grew, the company expanded into many different methods for making small holes, including EDM, wire EDM, swiss turning, and more.

In the late 50’s National Jet Company was featured on the popular game show “I’ve Got a Secret” with Gary Moore. Mr. Cupler appeared on the show and the “secret’’ was that he had drilled a hole thru Bess Myerson’s hair. To see the clip from this show, click here.

Drilling a human hair…

The story with the most history though, is of Mr. Cupler drilling a hole in a competitors drill. One day in the early 1960’s, Mr. Cupler received a package from a European competitor that showed off their latest drill, a drill that they claimed was the smallest in the world. Mr. Cupler inspected the drill, then took it to his shop and drilled a hole in the end of their drill! He sent it back to the competitor with a note that simply said “No it isn’t”. The story was eventually picked up by the Wall Street Journal and seems to be remembered by a lot of people. It is indeed a true story.

To the right is a photograph of a human hair (approximately .003’’ diameter) through which National Jet Company has drilled a hole (.0012’’ diameter hole). National Jet Company produced the drilling machine, the drills, and the know how to do this work. Everything about this job was Made in the USA.

National Jet Company was founded by John Cupler in 1937. He worked at a local fiber plant and came up with a better way to make the drills and drill the small holes that the company needed for the manufacturing of their spinnerettes. He set up shop in Cumberland, Maryland. As National Jet Company grew, the company expanded into many different methods for making small holes, including EDM, wire EDM, swiss turning, and more.
In the late 50’s National Jet Company was featured on the popular game show “I’ve Got a Secret” with Gary Moore. Mr. Cupler appeared on the show and the “secret’’ was that he had drilled a hole thru Bess Myersons hair. To see the clip from this show, click here.

The story with the most history though, is of Mr. Cupler drilling a hole in a competitors drill. One day in the early 1960’s, Mr. Cupler received a package from a European competitor that showed off their latest drill, a drill that they claimed was the smallest in the world. Mr. Cupler inspected the drill, then took it to his shop and drilled a hole in the end of their drill! He sent it back to the competitor with a note that simply said “No it isn’t”. The story was eventually picked up by the Wall Street Journal and seems to be remembered by a lot of people. It is indeed a true story.

Drilling a human hair…

Above is a photograph of a human hair (approximately .003’’ diameter) through which National Jet Company has drilled a hole (.0012’’ diameter hole). National Jet Company produced the drilling machine, the drills, and the know how to do this work. Everything about this job was Made in the USA.