Stanley and Walter
Pioneering aviation safety
Stanley immigrated to the United States in 1907 at the age of 17, eventually settling in Trenton with his newly immigrated brother, Walter. In 1920, Stanley purchased a failing canvas-leather novelty business. As the organized expanded, equipment was manufactured principally for use in aviation like aviator's belts, helmets and clothing before parachutes.
In addition to serving as President & CEO, Stanley was the face of the company and driver behind product development. Eventually holding 29 patents for parachute development, Stanley partnered with leading aviators of the time to develop and market new safety products.
Reaching success with Switlik Parachute Company, and in addition to his personal donation of products, land, financial resources and time to various organizations and school districts, Stanley additionally started the Switlik Foundation to continue charitable contributions. Stanley remained active with the company until his death in 1981.
Walter, working as the "right-hand man" to Stanley, served as Vice President of the company and oversaw production. During WWII, Walter served a unique role in training key personnel for other parachute companies by request of the Army and Navy. Walter passed away in 1952.