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SDP/SI Partners with MCGard in Producing an Anti-Theft Locking System for the U.S. Postal Service

September 18, 2023


HICKSVILLE, N.Y.Sept. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI) announced today that they will be manufacturing specialized precision components for a new locking system in support of the U.S. Postal Service’s initiative in preventing the theft of mail.

USPS reported “an increase in high volume mail theft incidents from mail receptacles, including blue collection boxes: 38,500 in FY22 and more than 25,000 in the first half of FY23”. The USPS has taken action to upgrade the blue collection boxes with a superior locking system.

“We’re collaborating on this initiative with our sister company, McGard ( located in Orchard Park, New York, which is spearheading this project with its proprietary bolt-head lock design,” stated Robert Kufner, President and CEO of Designatronics, Inc. In response to the urgency of need, two Star Swiss-type lathes equipped with chip conveyors and magazine bar feeders have been purchased and installed at the SDP/SI manufacturing facility in Hicksville, New York.

The Star SR-38 type B, Star SR-20RIV type B, and three other existing Star SR-20 Swiss machines will be dedicated to the USPS project, producing 35,000 precision parts per month for the new locking system. “SDP/SI has a long history of producing high-precision components for medical, aerospace, and defense industries, and are proud of the confidence in us as the most qualified provider,” said Kufner. “Utilizing the latest technologies, our skilled team will deliver these essential components at a rapid rate in support of the U.S. Postal Services crime prevention initiative.”

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