Rubber Products Manufacturers in the USA
Associated Rubber – How We Got Started
We have been making industrial rubber products since World War II. When the big rubber manufacturers were tasked with developing US based synthetic rubber manufacturing, our founders stepped up to plate to start a small rubber molding facility to help fill the demand for custom made rubber products to be used in the war effort. Curtiss Wright was one of our first clients and needed parts for the P-40 War Hawk and a number of other aircraft engines they were producing at that time. The P-40 is no longer in production so we can tell that story now. Client confidentiality agreements prevent us from sharing other stories without permission. Know that we will respect your need for privacy as well.
Word grew about Associated Rubbers’ ability to solve engine vibration issues with rubber dampening solutions and soon we were asked to make custom molded rubber parts in increasing volumes for many of the DOD contractors, auto manufacturers in Detroit and industrial equipment manufacturers that were having engine vibration problems.
Today the clients we serve come from many different industries and this list below just highlights a few applications we produce rubber parts for.
- Electrical Manufacturers
- Valves and Plumbing Manufacturers
- Material Handling Equipment
- Building Mechanical Controls
- Fabrication Equipment
- Pumps and Processing Equipment
- Air, Liquid & Gas Flow Sealants
- Medical Equipment Manufacturers
Transfer Molding and Rubber Compression Molding Equipment
The silicone molding work we do uses millable high consistency rubber (HCR), not Liquid Injection Molding. Most of the work we do uses our transfer molding equipment and compression molding equipment with these types of rubber compounds that we can mill in house. We do still fire up our rubber injection molding machines when we get some big custom rubber part jobs but most of that large volume automotive rubbers, standardized gaskets and O-Rings work is being done overseas these days.
Our run size sweet spot varies by product design. You will most often find us making custom rubber parts from 250 – 3500 pieces per run size. We also do short run prototypes and are know best for finding the most economical solution for our client’s production needs.
Our facility in Quakertown Pennsylvania now operates from a 46,000 square foot production facility.
Quality Molded Rubber Parts
Many of our customers have seen the benefits of moving or keeping the fabrication of their custom molded rubber products here in the United States rather than overseas. The quality of Associated Rubber’s molded rubber products and inspection team is superior to most rubber manufacturers and we stand behind everything we manufacturer for you. We operate a full physical testing lab for the products we make for our clients and are very thorough in our efforts to maintain our high quality standards. There is no communication barrier if a problem arises, and our raw rubber materials are of high quality. Best of all, your custom molded rubber parts will be MADE IN AMERICA.
Rubber Molder & Mechanical Engineer
John Oldt has been the force behind Associated Rubber since 2000. After graduating with his Mechanical Engineering degree from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, John joined the family business as a mechanical engineer/journeyman in 1995.
During those early years he rotated through every position on the shop floor from mixology, chemist, compression molder, die maker and the QC department.
He continued to develop his knowledge about “all things rubber” through the correspondence work he did with The American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division. Today he remains active with the Mid Atlantic Rubber Group.
On the weekends you will probably find John zipping around a motorsports track such as the 2.5 mile track at Road Atlanta, the famous 3.4 mile track at Watkins Glen International or locally you can find John at the NJMP’s Thunderbolt Raceway the in his Honda S2000 Race Car. This is him riding around turn 3 at Road Atlanta on two wheels.
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