* Name: Progressive Fillers International
* Location: East 28th St.
* Products/services: Owner Kevin Stone's newest products, conductive silver glass spheres and conductive silver mica flakes, are versatile inventions that can be sprayed on an epoxy floor in a server room to eliminate static electricity, used in hospitals to reduce bacteria growth and many other uses. The company's staple product is a mica-based mineral flake used as a decorative additive in car doors, counters, children's play equipment or almost any polymer or construction product.
* Age: Progressive Fillers International came into being in 1994, using ideas and inspiration from PA Industries, which was founded by Mr. Stone's father, James "Marty" Stone.
* Annual sales: 40,000 pounds of mica- and silver-based products
* Target market: Companies which manufacture polymers or other compounds, or who create polymer-based products
* Biggest hurdle: Finding the right people who are comfortable applying the technology correctly
* Biggest reward: Coming up with a product that satisfies a need in the market or creates its own market because of its uniqueness, Kevin Stone said.
* Challenges in the future: As head of a young company, Mr. Stone's biggest concern is ramping up production capacity to keep up with spikes in demand and avoid production bottlenecks.
* Lesson learned, or what you know now that you didn't know then: "If the iPad can do everything it does, surely we can come up with a better way to do what we do," Mr. Stone said.
* Five-year goal: "We're on a runway and I've avoided pulling up in the controls to take off for fear of bottlenecking," Mr. Stone said. "But within the next five years we'll have the capacity to work with the monolith (larger) companies without a problem."