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Red Head Brass Case Study

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Aug 24, 2022 3:02:58 PM

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets

Meet Vicki Ellsworth, Customer Service Representative

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Jul 29, 2022 9:23:19 AM

When you start asking questions of Grand River Rubber & Plastics employees, a common theme emerges: there’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ workday, and they seem to like it that way.

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, employee ownership, Work at Grand River Rubber

Meet Jim Hlebovy, Process Engineer

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Jun 23, 2022 2:21:48 PM

Jim Hlebovy joined Grand River Rubber & Plastics in 2018 as a Quality Engineer, then the position evolved into a Process Engineer. He has worked in both Quality and Engineering. Jim said that as a child, he wanted to be a mechanic or someone who worked on equipment to fix it.

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, employee ownership, Work at Grand River Rubber

Manufacturing Job is “Grand”

Posted by Alan Blankenship on May 18, 2022 2:14:02 PM

 

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, die cut gaskets, sweeper belts, Manufacturingjobs

Planning for a Successful 2022

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Mar 22, 2022 8:52:59 AM

Being in the rubber business for nearly five decades, we’re accustomed to evaluating new materials, evolving engineering techniques, and adapting to meet our customers’ needs for lathe cut gaskets, pail gaskets, and belts for many market segments, including oil filters, transformer, agriculture, plumbing and many more. (This is a long read, but we promise it’s worth it!) 

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, employee ownership, COVID-19, Work at Grand River Rubber, On-Site Health Clinic

Ensuring Quality, Competitive Products

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Dec 13, 2021 4:10:50 PM

Meet Technical Services Manager Laura Boniface

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Topics: quality policy, NSF/ANSI Standard 61, employee ownership, Work at Grand River Rubber

Grand New Benefits for Employee Health

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Sep 20, 2021 9:40:30 AM

Imagine working for a company where health care benefits include an on-site Primary Care Provider. That’s the reality for employees at Grand River Rubber & Plastics.

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Topics: Work at Grand River Rubber, On-Site Health Clinic

Measuring Up: How Your Supplier’s Quality Process Affects You

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Jun 23, 2021 12:41:13 PM

 

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Why Working with an Employee Owned Company is Good for Customers, Suppliers, Employees, and Community

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Apr 30, 2021 2:25:45 PM

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Topics: quality policy, employee ownership, Work at Grand River Rubber

Supply Chain Disruptions and What Grand River Rubber is Doing About It

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Apr 29, 2021 12:19:35 PM

We hear you. We feel your pain. And, we’re taking steps to mitigate the supply chain issues impacting our industry and countless other manufacturers. Many of the key materials we rely on to manufacturer your lathe cut gaskets have seen worldwide shortages and delays. Materials such as Viton & FKM (fluoroelastomers), as well various grades of EPDM have been at risk for shortages. While there are many factors, this article in Rubber & Plastics News “Supply chains strained by misplaced shipping containers, grounded flights, high prices” sheds light on just how complicated global trade has become. And, toss in a blocked (Suez) canal and we realize just how intricate and volatile supply has become for US manufacturers.

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