Military Application

Shark-Co Mfg continues to offer the finest case inserts available for the private sector and we are proud to announce our multi-faceted efforts have expanded to include the U.S. Military.  With our capabilities, Shark-Co is able to eliminate paperwork associated with required kit diagrams as well as nomenclature specific forms.  We permanently mark each pocket, as specified by individual need, to ensure everything is in place and accounted for.  With a solid black surface as a relief, our inserts qualify as 5S and easily show if an item in your case is missing, saving valuable time and effort.  Shark-Co Mfg mills its case inserts making seamless features eliminating layers of glued foam.  Our primary, raw material, is closed cell polyethylene that will not hold moisture and is chemically stable.  It is impervious to acetone, petroleum, alcohol, and bodily fluids.   Contaminates won’t creep into and thru seams saving damage from your invaluable items.  Bonding agent failure causing your inserts to fall apart will never be a concern with our seamless process.

Our inserts are of the most stringent quality controlled on the market as we strive to match serviceability with aesthetic. 

Pictured below, a 155 Howitzer bore gage kit


Reasons to Switch to foam for your ambulance

What are the benefits of a Shark-Co Manufacturing customized foam organization system for your ambulance? If you ask Kevin Fitchey, paramedic with the White River Township Fire Department, he’ll enthusiastically tell you, “We save money, we save time, and most importantly, we provide better patient care.”
Fitchey wasn’t convinced when he first saw Shark-Co’s products at an EMS event at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. “I rolled my eyes and thought, ‘what a way to make an ambulance fancy.’ But I took the brochures, and my Deputy Chief contacted Monica Sharkey to learn more. Once we started the ordering process, I realized what a valuable addition to our trucks these organizers would be.”
Shark-Co worked with White River to design a system exactly to their specifications. “We had a lot of interactions,” stated Fitchey. “This was in no way a one-size-fits-all solution. They measured all of our cabinets, drawers, equipment, and supplies, and created a 3-D plan for each of our trucks. They accommodated all of our needs.”
Cost savings is a major benefit of Shark-Co organizing systems. “Everything we carry has its own place. Now we can look at our trucks and immediately see what we have and what we don’t have. It makes it easy to keep par at level; we don’t over-order, so we save money. Supplies don’t expire unused in the back of some cabinet because we didn’t know they were there. They’re right up front where we need them, when we need them.”
That readiness saves time, as well, according to Fitchey. “It used to take at least 25 minutes to count our truck down. Now we can visually inspect it and get our truck back up to level par in under 10.” Even more important, however, is the time the team saves when responding to a call. “I have saved precious time not having to search for sizes or dosages. I can lay my hands on them immediately.”
That means better patient care and improved safety. “It used to be that I had to hunt for airway equipment adjuncts or ET tubes. Now everything is right where I need it. I can see it and put my hands on it. It makes my job easier, and I can do it more efficiently. For our medications, every vial has its own hole. This provides another level of safety beyond color-coding, reducing the chances of choosing the wrong medication or dosage.”
Fitchey shared another benefit of the Shark-Co organizing system: professionalism. “We actually had a patient compliment us. She said, ‘Wow! You’ve got a really nice truck. You guys are really organized.’ That says a lot about us, I think. We are professionals, and it means a lot when our patients recognize that.”

4 Reasons to Switch to Reusable Dunnage

How much money are you throwing away with disposable parts packaging? Industry leaders as diverse as MillerCoors, Herman Miller Furniture, and Tesla Motors are embracing reusable packaging (dunnage) as a way to lower labor costs, reduce packaging expenses, and minimize product losses, all while cutting back on landfill waste.

Reusable dunnage increases efficiency and lowers labor costs by reducing the number of times that components need to be handled. Custom packaging systems allow a parts manufacturer to deliver products directly to the end user’s line without them having to be unpacked or reoriented. The parts are presented ready for use, creating a major savings in labor costs to the end user and a significant value-add to the parts manufacturer. 

Making the switch to reusable dunnage can slash a company’s recurring expenses. Disposable dunnage creates a never-ending set of expenses: purchasing, removal, and labor costs for unpacking and disposal. Reusable dunnage reduces these costs immediately.

Smart-designed dunnage can pay for itself in short order by reducing losses from parts breakage, not just during transport, but during packing and use as well. Dunnage systems that fit products precisely provide unbeatable protection during shipping. Units with ergonomically designed grip slots minimize dropping of parts at the point of manufacture and at assembly.

Reusable dunnage results in significantly less landfill waste, and that’s more than good stewardship; it’s smart business. A 2013 survey by Bridgestone America and Bridgestone Retail Operations showed that “the majority of consumers are holding companies and corporations accountable for the environmental sustainability of their products and processes. Individuals are cognizant of "being green" as they shop, as 92 percent indicated a manufacturer's operational sustainability or a product's sustainable attributes have some impact on their purchasing decisions.” Consumers are more environmentally aware than ever, and they make buying decisions based on that awareness. Most are more likely to buy from a company that is working to reduce landfill waste than one that isn’t.

With opportunities for cost savings in labor, packaging, and breakage, along with the benefits from reducing landfill waste, is it time for your company to switch to reusable dunnage?

Have you used or considered reusable dunnage or packaging? Tell us about your experiences in the comment section.

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Innovative Lebanon Firm Shark-Co Manufacturing Announces Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Lebanon, Indiana – The public is invited to join Mayor Matt Gentry for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new headquarters of innovative Lebanon firm, Shark-Co Manufacturing, on Monday, December 11 from 4:00-6:00 PM. The event will be held at Shark-Co Manufacturing’s newly remodeled office and fabrication facility at 1231 Indianapolis Avenue in Lebanon and is sponsored by the Boone County Economic Development Corporation and the Boone County Chamber of Commerce.


Shark-Co Manufacturing produces computer-designed, fully customizable, foam products to organize and protect everything from tools and ambulance supplies to auto parts. “We can fabricate products for nearly any item a customer brings to us,” says Shark-Co Manufacturing owner, Monica Sharkey. “We use 3D CAD systems to precisely model a client’s items, then mill perfectly matched protection and storage spaces for them out of tough, polyethylene closed cell foam.”


Co-owner Jason Sharkey emphasizes the immediate return on investment Shark-Co’s clients see. “Some of our clients need a way to keep track of consumable items, such as medical supplies in an ambulance. Our clients tell us that they have been able to recoup the cost of the system in just a few months through a reduction in waste and breakage.” Clients in manufacturing settings find that Shark-Co Manufacturing’s reusable transport solutions for fragile parts reduce the landfill waste of disposable dunnage and provide superior parts protection.


Monica and Jason founded Shark-Co Manufacturing in their Lebanon garage in 2016. They moved the company into their new headquarters as their business quickly expanded. Already, Shark-Co Manufacturing has an impressive client base including a major sports car company; manufacturers of firearms and firearms accessories; IndyCar; EMS, fire, and police departments in the Midwest and Southern California; and several manufacturing companies. The couple sees a bright future for Shark-Co Manufacturing. According to Monica, “Every time we show our product to someone, they come up with a new application for it. We have plenty of room for growth.”


Shark-Co Manufacturing is a woman-owned, veteran-friendly company and is proud to manufacture its products in the USA using materials from the USA.