Salem Metal in Middleton turns 50, expects strong growth

MIDDLETON — Salem Metal in Middleton celebrates turning 50 this year, and President Jason Vining, who lives just a stone’s throw from the facility, sees it as a positive thing for the community during this challenging time.

“It offers a bit of good news,” Vining said.

Vining said he and Salem Metal have remained optimistic throughout the COVID pandemic. Part of that has to do with the company’s move last year from Lonergan Road to a bigger space with room to grow. The company now occupies 75,000 square feet in the industrial park at 177 North Main St.

“It has the opportunity to hire on additional employees,” Vining said. “We have the production floor space to bring in several new pieces of equipment.”

The company manufactures panels, brackets, enclosures and sub-assemblies for a range of industries.

“We have a very diverse customer base,” Vining said. “And, a lot of what we do is medical device components.”

That doesn’t mean it’s recession-proof, Vining said, but the medical industry tends to avoid the steep drops that others can sometimes face during difficult economic times like those posed by the COVID pandemic.

In addition, Vining has invested in so-called “lights-out manufacturing.”


“We have several pieces of equipment that have robotics,” he said.

Someone can come in, load up the materials needed for a particular run, and then the machines do the work at night or on weekends.

More on the move

“We pretty much run a single shift with personnel,” Vining said.

Still, he sees an opportunity to increase his workforce from its current 70, and his goal is to double the business in the next five years.

“This facility can do just that,” Vining said.

Vining said he was happy to find a new space in Middleton.

“It’s one of the nicest industrial facilities in this town,” he said.


Like many people in the Tri-Towns, Vining is negotiating the ins and outs of getting kids back into school during the pandemic. He has two step-daughters, one attending Spofford School in Boxford and the other at Ipswich High School.

“Everyone is trying to figure out what the new routine and schedule is going to be,” he said. “I am fortunate because I can work remotely if I have to.”

Vining’s father, James, founded Salem Metal in 1970 and he continues to work as its executive vice president.

Last year, MassMEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) and the state Legislative Manufacturing Caucus named Salem Metal the Manufacturer of the Year for the Middlesex District. MassMEP, which is part of a national network, provides consulting services to small and medium manufacturers in Massachusetts.

Sep 25, 2020

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