Grand River Rubber & Plastics Blog

Grand River Rubber & Plastics Raises More Than $107,000 for Civic Development Corporation of Ashtabula County

Posted by Cheryl Hellmer on Mar 30, 2020 11:57:16 AM

Grand River Rubber & Plastics has been a supporter of the Civic Development Corporation of Ashtabula County for many years. Civic Development Corporation of Ashtabula County was founded to help fund brick & mortar projects around the county such as Lake Shore Park, Greenway Trails, Ashtabula Arts Center, Geneva Parks, Conneaut Twp. Park, D-Day Ohio and many more. CDC of Ashtabula County improves the quality of life in our community by surveying its stakeholders, developing strategic objectives, identifying impactful projects, raising funds, and providing oversight for the successful completion of those projects. Every 5 years, CDC of Ashtabula County hosts a campaign to encourage people to raise funds to support various community projects. The Campaign 2020 focus is Shared Vision: A Community Blueprint. 

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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

The Most Popular Cutting Styles of Gaskets & Their Advantages

Posted by Bobby Nelson on Feb 18, 2020 10:06:26 AM


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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets

Grand River Rubber & Plastics Raises More Than $33,000 for United Way of Ashtabula County

Posted by Cheryl Hellmer on Dec 13, 2019 4:00:11 PM

Grand River Rubber & Plastics celebrated United Way Day yesterday, December 12, 2019. The United Way of Ashtabula County event mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in Ashtabula County. The United Way of Ashtabula County is a nonprofit organization that serves as a responsible steward of donated resources to impact the critical needs of our community in the areas of health, education and financial stability.

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The unique advantages of lathe cut gaskets

Posted by Bobby Nelson on Nov 20, 2019 2:50:09 PM

Choosing a sealant is one of the most important aspects of creating functionality and sustainability in your industrial and commercial products. Choosing the correct sealing solution is essential to keep debris out of your machinery and provide resistance to wear and tear. There are many sealing options available on the market including lathe cut gaskets, O-rings, quad seals, and die cut gaskets. In today’s blog, learn what lathe cut gaskets are, how they differ from O-Rings and quad seals, and how they benefit your products and machinery.

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, orings, molded gaskets, die cut gaskets

Keith Wyatt Brings 35 Years of Manufacturing Operations and Product Development Experience to Grand River Rubber & Plastics

Posted by Donald Chaplin on Sep 5, 2019 2:50:30 PM

Grand River Rubber & Plastics is excited to announce Keith Wyatt as our new Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Wyatt is responsible for Grand River Rubber & Plastics operations throughout its three product lines: lathe cut gaskets, vacuum sweeper belts, and drum and pail.  Wyatt will drive alignment across these product lines to ensure operational excellence as the company expands its manufacturing footprint both domestically and internationally. Below, learn more about Wyatt’s manufacturing background and his perspective on the future of Grand River Rubber & Plastics. 

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Topics: employee ownership

Athletes Are No Longer 'Fit to be Tied' Thanks To Pretty Knotty's Innovative Product [Case Study]

Posted by Donald Chaplin on Jul 8, 2019 1:33:12 PM

Grand River Rubber & Plastics is proud to serve customers in a variety of industries and provide them with solutions to their biggest challenges. Below, learn how we helped Pretty Knotty develop an innovative hair tie designed for high-performance athletes.

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets

A Look Inside Grand River Rubber & Plastics Vacuum Belt Testing Lab

Posted by Donald Chaplin on Apr 10, 2019 12:30:00 PM
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Topics: Vacuum Flat Belt

Bobby Nelson's career highlights the vast opportunities available in manufacturing careers

Posted by Donald Chaplin on Feb 12, 2019 1:41:58 PM

Bobby Nelson is a testament to the multitude of possibilities available in manufacturing careers. In his 20 years at Grand River, he has touched nearly every department at the company. Just over five years ago, Nelson joined the sales team at Grand River. He is evidence that with hard work and tenacity, you can accomplish anything. Hear Nelson’s take on his 2 decades in manufacturing and what he’s learned in his transition from the factory floor to sales below.

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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets, drum & pail, employee ownership

Why Re-sellers Choose Grand River as Their Lathe Cut Gasket Provider

Posted by Bobby Nelson on Dec 26, 2018 2:00:34 PM


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Topics: Lathe Cut Gaskets