Meet The Owners

Anthony Quaglia

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Born in Jersey City, NJ in 1919, Anthony first worked in a heat treating factory before World War II. Despite his deferment because of his employment in a heat treating company that supported the war effort, he enlisted in the Navy. He spent time in the pacific theater on a submarine, and then the remainder of the war on a service and repair ship performing heat treatment (sometimes with only a torch) and assisting in manufacturing parts to repair damaged equipment. After the war ended, he returned to obtain his Metallurgy degree from Steven’s Institute of Technology after 10 years at night, while working in a heat treating shop during the day. In 1954 he secured financing and purchased Bennett Heat Treating. He built Bennett Heat Treating from a single 15,000 square foot 4 man shop to a multi-facility corporation with locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Anthony always felt as though thorough knowledge of the processes operators were performing led to increased quality and productivity. In an effort to share his knowledge he participated in industry programs such as the MTI and ASM. He was the MTI president from 1978-1979. He received many recognitions for his vast knowledge and technical proficiency when awarded the MTI Industry Legend Award in 1990 and the MTI award of Merit in 1996.

In his free time Anthony was a volunteer fireman, enjoyed golfing, cooking and spending time with his family.

David Quaglia

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Son of Anthony Quaglia, David first worked in a heat treating factory before most people attended kindergarten. He spent every snow day and summer vacation learning the heat treating business from his father and through on the job training. David attended college at Kean University and earned a degree in Manufacturing Technology while working part time at Bennett. David learned the business from the ground up, participating in every area of production as well as maintenance and quality control, he gained a practical insight to the business on the shop level. After years of decreased sales due to manufacturing leaving the area, David saw the need to restructure Bennett Heat treating to focus more on precision heat treating rather than volume to increase profits. This change to our business model has resulted in the most profitable and healthy years in Bennett’s history. David is 100% focused on providing our customers with the best experience possible. He often adds processing notes to quotations to aid customers in the methodizing of their parts to ensure the parts are manufactured in the most efficient and quality minded fashion.

In his free time, David enjoys fishing, boating and spending time with his family.

D. John Quaglia

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Son of David Quaglia, John grew up in the business much like his father. He attended college at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Kean University ultimately earning his degree in Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing. While attending school John worked part time at Bennett learning each and every department. He worked his way through vacuum, induction, maintenance and ultimately took over the Quality Control department. John has continued to push for technological advancements to allow for more precise processing, easier record retrieval and more transparency. This has enhanced our customer’s experience tremendously and allows us to comply with increasingly more stringent Nadcap and customer requirements. John spearheads all projects at Bennett Heat that are both out of the ordinary and require extremely tight tolerances. Some of these projects have included: Raytheon’s Standard Missile III, NORSOK, and the Mars Rover.

In his free time, John enjoys playing ice hockey, fishing and spending time with his family and pets