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As the summer draws to a close, Mechanical Rubber will say goodbye to another one of its summer interns, Paisley Campbell, as she returns for her senior year at SUNY Oswego where she is majoring in Technology Management. Paisley joined Mechanical Rubber in June and has spent her summer learning about the inner workings of a manufacturing company – while earning college credit.
“I learned a lot about how a company works and how everyone works together to make a product and fulfill the orders,” she said. Paisley’s responsibilities ran the gamut from trimming and cleaning products, to measuring parts for final quality inspection, to inventory and completing paperwork for current orders.
“Paisley was exposed to many manufacturing processes,” said Gary Lyon in the Quality Control department, “where she picked up the job quickly and was definitely an asset during her time here.”
“After completing her time working in the factory, Paisley came into the office to work with me,” said Alisa Sherow in the Compliance department. She worked on production and efficiency spreadsheets while learning about the processes behind a lot of systems and quality certifications that Mechanical Rubber has earned. In this capacity, she was also able to see how everyone plays a key element in the order process.
Reputation is critical to any company. A key element to Mechanical Rubber’s efforts for Continual Improvement is to compile results from our annual Customer Satisfaction survey. “Paisley took ownership of this year’s program by contacting all qualifying customers with a web link to the survey,” said Lisa Rice in the Sales / Marketing department. “She compiled the results, and handled follow up. It’s a time-consuming and tedious project, but one that is very important. I feel it was a good opportunity for her to see how important it is to have communication, not only with those you work with, but also with those you work for.”
“We are happy to open the doors of the company to young, vibrant minds. At Mechanical, we’ve been running a summer internship program for years, as well as providing job shadowing opportunities for high school seniors. For graduates who may seek a non-college path, we offer apprenticeships that put them right into the workforce. Being a business owner in a small community, I feel everyone has a responsibility to help the next generation thrive and grow. It’s truly been a pleasure having Paisley join us this summer and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” said President / CEO Cedric Glasper.
Heading back a few weeks early for RA (Residential Assistant) training, the SS Seward alum will also be saying a sad goodbye to the newest addition of her family, a cat named Sesame that her parents adopted while she was away last year. When she graduates from Oswego in May 2020, it is Paisley’s intention to work as a product designer, potentially starting her own virtual company that she can operate from home or anywhere her path takes her.
For more information on the Mechanical Rubber internship program, visit https://mechanicalrubber.com/internship/
Fifty years ago, the world was glued to their television sets as the United States of America became the first, and to this day only, nation to have a successful lunar landing mission. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin exited the LEM (Lunar Expedition Module) onto the surface of the moon while Michael Collins orbited in the Command Module waiting for them to return for their successful return to Earth. The mission was the first of six lunar landings and visits to the surface of the moon.
At Mechanical Rubber, we all take great pride in the fact that we played a small part in this history-making mission. Mechanical Rubber was chosen to supply a High Pressure Window Gasket for the LEM, as displayed in the photo of employees outside the Warwick plant due to our ability to provide rubber compounds that meet stringent specification requirements; a capability we maintain to this day.
Recently Mechanical Rubber was chosen to supply mounting pads for the International Space Station after engineers discovered our rubber compound met their strict requirements for this new application.
Mechanical Rubber President and CEO Cedric Glasper was selected to participate in the recent New York State Export Promotion Trade Mission in Israel from March 24 – 28 through the Global NY State Trade Expansion Program Grant program. The NY contingent stayed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and included tours of Beersheba, Military Industries, Bedouin Village in Negev, Arad, the Dead Sea, Old City and Western Wall Tunnels.
The visit included many mix and match meetings for the companies represented with the goal of creating business partnerships between Israeli companies and New York businesses.
“It was a great experience,” said Glasper. “I see a great deal of opportunity and look forward to working with several partners in Israel going forward. I’m already reviewing some projects and see a lot of growth potential.”
“The mission provided a great training and marketing tool, in that you have to practice public speaking and network with like businesses and mission colleagues. It offers exposure for you and your business to opportunities you may have never known about.”
“It was my first time visiting Israel,” he continued. “Getting a glimpse into the culture of the country provided insight and perspective that would never have been possible through phone or email contact. It was an excellent trip and an opportunity that will provide new business for Mechanical Rubber.”
Following a recent trip with the New York State Export Promotion Trade Mission to Israel, Cedric Glasper talked to Baltimore Jewish Life’s Sharon Altshul about his trip.
Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber in Warwick attended the Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany on Wednesday, March 6 and served as a member of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) Economic Development and Taxes lobby group. This group had two objects: supporting tax parity and opposing prevailing wage mandates.
The first, to demonstrate his support for tax parity for all manufacturers, which would include extending to S-Corps (small to medium manufacturers) the same tax rate reduction already granted to C-Corps (large manufacturers) in the 2019-2020 state budget. Reducing tax rates for the C-Corps in 2014 grew manufacturing in the state, seeing New York move to one of the Top Ten states for manufacturing from the Bottom Ten. With the roughly two-thirds majority of manufacturers in New York being small and medium S-Corps currently paying the second highest income tax rate in the state, a tax reduction equivalent to the one granted the C-Corps is expected to promote growth and expansion and keep these businesses from moving to more tax-friendly states. According to a September 2018 study by the Beacon Institute, extending the corporate franchise tax rate to small and medium sized manufacturers would add 4,600 private sector jobs the first year and cause a $118 million rise in investment.
The second objective was to voice opposition to Bill S.1947 / A.1261 that would impose a prevailing wage mandates on private sector construction statewide. The State Department of Labor calculated prevailing wage, in some local labor markets, can be much higher than the typical wage. This would make the costs of construction prohibitive in many areas of the state and impact affordable housing, historic preservation, renewable energy and nonprofits. The mandate would also include off-site fabrication of building materials, which would potentially damage interstate and international commerce.
Glasper stresses the importance of manufacturers getting involved. “It is imperative that all manufacturers speak out to make sure we are properly represented in New York State, and nationally,” he said. “That shows how viable we are in our local and regional community workforce.”
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was the Key Note Speaker at the MACNY sponsored luncheon held at the Fort Orange Club. Besides serving as President of the New York State Senate, Hochul is the chair of the Regional Economic Development Council and the State Workforce Investment Board and co-chairs the State’s Heroin and Opiod Abuse Task Force. In her address, she stated that one of the biggest challenges to manufacturers right now is the lack of a skilled workforce. Glasper couldn’t agree more.
“The Lt. Governor is absolutely correct,” he commented. “It’s a very frustrating situation to be in, when you have the business, but you don’t have the skilled labor to produce your product. I am always looking to add workforce and enhance my team at Mechanical Rubber.”
Glasper serves as a board member on the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, the Council of Industry of Southeast New York, and Manufacturers Association of Central New York. He has served on the Finance and Investment Committee for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan and is past president of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Greenwood Lake Revitalization Committee.
Come on out and meet Mechanical Rubber President & CEO Cedric Glasper at the New York Department of State Job Fair on Wednesday, February 20 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Newburgh Free Library.
Mechanical Rubber currently has various positions available in the Warwick location for immediate hire.
Employees at Mechanical Rubber decided to forego their annual Secret Santa gift exchange and bring in toys to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots drive. Four bags were filled and delivered on Dec. 18 to a local drop off location.
After a thorough audit, Mechanical Rubber has been recertified for AS9100D / ISO 9001:2015.
The scope of the registration is for the manufacture and fabrication of custom rubber and plastic products for aerospace, military, transportation, medical, industrial and electronic industries.
The new certification is valid until December 18, 2021.
Mechanical Rubber’s application to participate in the United States/Canada Joint Certification Program (JCP) has been accepted. Established in 1985, the JCP allows approved contractors in the US and Canada to access unclassified export controlled technical data and critical technology from the US Department of Defense and the Canadian Department of National Defence. Additionally, as an approved contractor, Mechanical Rubber will be able to attend program briefings, symposiums, workshops and meetings designed to publicize advance requirements of contracting agencies.
Mechanical Rubber’s approved DD 2345 certificate will be valid for five years and is available to view, along with its other certifications, on the Quality Assurance page of the website, at https://mechanicalrubber.com/quality-certifications-compliance/.
The employees at Mechanical Rubber joined together to contribute non-perishable food items to donate to the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry’s annual Holiday Program. Each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, the food pantry collects groceries to supply to a local family in need along with gift cards to local supermarkets to purchase fresh items for a holiday meal.
For more information on the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry’s Holiday Program, visit https://warwickpantry.com/holiday-program/.