A SEM Flashback from 1987

April 23, 2021 at 4:40 pm by Amanda Canale

Talk about a blast from the past!

Recently, our Director of Sales, Bryan Cunic, received quite the interesting email from a customer. The customer, who is based in Florida, was reaching out with a service question for their office paper shredder. The machine in question? A SEM Model 266.

To most people, this may not seem newsworthy; but to our team, this request was on par with finding an antique artefact or stumbling upon buried treasure. The Model 266 is a previous iteration of the current SEM Model 266/4 and was initially sold to the customer in 1987. (Yes, you read that right! A 34-year-old paper shredder!)

A SEM Model 266 from 1987

The fix? All that was needed was some fresh oil on the shredder blades, and after a restart, it was running like it was 1987 again!

The 34-year-old paper shredder is a perfect testament to the durability of SEM’s destruction devices. Our machines are built to last with state-of-the-art technology and materials and have been doing so for over the past 50 years. It is this reason why we at SEM know that the best practice is to conduct all data destruction in-house with NSA listed equipment. We pride ourselves on working together with our clients to find the solution that makes the most sense for their needs while meeting destruction regulations that are meant to last.

SEM Team Joins Forces for Operation Playhouse

October 9, 2020 at 6:52 pm by Amanda Canale

WESTBOROUGH, MA, October 9, 2020 – Security Engineered Machinery Co., Inc. (SEM), global leader in high security information end-of-life solutions, spent the day of Thursday, October 8, 2020 partnering with Habitat for Humanity for Operation Playhouse. The operation allows the opportunity for local Worcester County businesses to partner with veteran and military families to build and donate a playhouse to the family’s children. Each year, participating local businesses receive construction plans, paint, and a deconstructed house to build, and are given free reign to decorate the playhouses based on the children’s interests.

This year, SEM decorated the playhouse for Marine veteran Allen Proctor’s family and their three-year-old daughter Charlotte. Proctor served in the U.S. Marines from 2003 to 2007.

After weeks of planning, the team arrived onsite at SEM headquarters bright and early to start building Charlotte’s playhouse. Operation Playhouse’s 2020 theme was “barnyard,” so the SEM team decided to get creative and adopted a Charlotte’s Web aesthetic as a play on the three-year-old’s name.

“SEM was founded by a Korean War veteran and we work very closely with all branches of the military, so this cause is always very dear to our hearts,” said Andrew Kelleher, SEM President. “It is always an absolute honor to come together and give back to a family that has given so much to our country.”

The SEM team all gathered safely outside to welcome the Proctor family with a round of applause as Charlotte excitedly ran towards her all-pink playhouse, her favorite color. The house was adorned with a hand painted sign reading, “Charlotte’s Barn” with a monogrammed pink rocking chair on the front porch. Inside, Charlotte’s Barn was filled with stuffed farm animals, a white and pink polka dotted bean bag chair, Little People farm set, and copies of Charlotte’s Web on DVD and novel written by E.B. White. Charlotte’s favorite feature was the brown hobbyhorse that patiently awaited her arrival outside the playhouse.

“As a team, we had so many great ideas for how we could make this the best playhouse for Charlotte, so to see her ecstatic reaction to everything was incredibly heartwarming,” said Amanda Canale, Marketing Assistant at SEM.

This is SEM’s third year taking part in Operation Playhouse and certainly won’t be the last. “We look forward to this every year and are already excitedly planning for next year,” added Canale.

Watch a recap of the day in the video below.

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

SEM Holiday Happenings

December 16, 2018 at 1:46 pm by Heidi White


On 13 December, 2018, the SEM team celebrated the holiday season. The sales and service teams flew into town for the week so the whole team could be together. The evening started with the company breaking into five teams to participate in escape room challenges at Live Action Escapes in Worcester, MA. We are happy to say that three of the five teams escaped their rooms. The other two tried their best but were stumped in the end. All in all, employees agreed that the experience was a lot of fun.

After the escape room challenge, the group make its way downstairs to The Citizen, where everyone enjoyed each others’ company over food and drinks. The evening was a fun and relaxing way to celebrate the holiday season with the team. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

SEM Summer Outing 2018

July 3, 2018 at 1:54 pm by Heidi White

The Security Engineered Machinery team works hard to engineer, manufacture, and distribute the world’s best data destruction devices, but we also know how to enjoy our downtime. SEM employees had a ball at the 2018 summer outing which included golf and a fully catered all American BBQ complete with some local craft beer. The team relaxed while enjoying a variety of delicious food, plenty of sunshine, and good conversation. We are fortunate to have the absolute best team!