Grand River Rubber & Plastics Blog

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

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 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

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