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Alan Blankenship

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Choosing or Specifying the Right Component for Your Application

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Sep 2, 2020 3:09:20 PM

Should we specify an O-ring or gasket?

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, o-rings, orings, die cut gaskets, materials


Posted by Alan Blankenship on Aug 10, 2020 1:53:56 PM


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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, employee ownership

What Are the Best Materials for Your Lathe Cut Gasket Application?

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Jul 29, 2020 10:57:45 AM

Using the right material for a quality seal to avoid problems later

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, materials, static applications, dynamic applications, oil and gas, food grade applications

Grand River featured in Rubber & Plastics News

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Jul 23, 2020 9:45:00 AM

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Topics: Rubber & Plastics News

Grand River Rubber & Plastics Gifts Employee-Owners Easter Meals from Local Market

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Apr 11, 2020 8:28:00 AM
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Grand River Rubber & Plastics COVID-19 Response

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Mar 23, 2020 2:36:19 PM

An Important Message for Grand River Rubber & Plastics Customers Regarding COVID-19 and Its Impact On Our Production

During our 44 year history, Grand River Rubber & Plastics has withstood a variety of challenges and uncertain times. Like each and every one of you, we are adjusting to our new normal amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday March 22nd,  the State of Ohio issued a shelter in place order that will take effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday March 23rd. As part of this order, all non-essential businesses are required to temporarily shut down. We wanted to let our valued customers know that Grand River Rubber & Plastics is an essential manufacturer (as defined by the Department of Homeland Security) and we will continue to manufacture product and fulfill your orders to the best of our ability.

Below is an update of the steps we are taking at our facilities to maintain the health of our workforce so that we can continue to supply essential products to our customers:

  • We have educated our workforce on COVID-19 and have asked them to follow the CDC recommendations.
  • We have increased our cleaning/disinfecting schedule for all bathrooms and employee common areas.
  • Cleaning occurs at the end of each shift for items handled in the manufacturing process (air guns, hand tools, etc.)
  • Hand sanitizer have been placed throughout our facility. Flyers promoting hand washing and other healthy lifestyle practices to stem the spread of germs have been posted.
  • We have staggered our shifts to reduce the number of people in the facility and help minimize contact between our employees.
  • Our manufacturing layout provides for space between individual workers that meet the social distancing requirements.
  • Our supply chain team is working closely with our supplier base to ensure there is no disruption in service. As we are critical to your operation, our suppliers are critical to our operation.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated workforce that is committed to enforcing the CDC recommendations in our facilities.  

Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been affected by COVID-19, and all who are dealing with the hardships brought on by all the disruption the pandemic is causing. Please let us know how we can best support you and your customers as we navigate operating our businesses through this global crisis.

We hope you and your families remain safe and healthy.

Product Manager

Grand River Rubber and Plastics

2029 Aetna Road

Ashtabula, Ohio 44005

440-998-2900 Ext.# 154

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, Drug & Pail, orings, molded gaskets, die cut gaskets, COVID-19, sweeper belts

Elite broadens scope with Wayne County Rubber purchase

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Oct 10, 2018 2:01:31 PM

Published by Rubber & Plastics News By  10/9/18

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How China Tariffs Are Impacting Your Gasket Prices

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Sep 10, 2018 2:24:11 PM


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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets

"All-In-This-Together" Culture Drives Quality Improvement At Grand River Rubber

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Oct 6, 2017 1:12:27 PM

October is National Manufacturing Month and also National Employee Ownership Month.  Grand River Rubber & Plastics is a proud 100% employee-owned manufacturing company. Employee ownership is an integral part of our DNA. Throughout the month of October, we will be interviewing our employee owners about working at Grand River Rubber and what employee ownership means to them.

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Topics: quality policy

Lathe cut gaskets vs. O-rings—One in the same or wildly different?

Posted by Alan Blankenship on Jun 26, 2017 12:20:57 PM

A common misunderstanding we hear from our customers is asking for O-rings when they really require lathe cut gaskets. Many times, our manufacturing clients believe that O-rings and lathe cut gaskets are the same. Below, learn the main differences between lathe cut gaskets and O-rings and discover why lathe cut gaskets are favorable in many applications.

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, o-rings