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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/.
Mechanical Rubber was recently certified as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) by the Department of Small Business Services and New York City School Construction Authority. Through this program, the company will receive invitations for networking events and access to a variety of services aimed at growing their business, including identifying moneysaving incentive programs, assisting in expansions efforts and recruiting personnel. In addition, Mechanical Rubber will be listed in the New York City Directory of Certified Businesses.
“I’m very excited to receive this certification as it opens doors to allow Mechanical Rubber to grow as a whole,” said CEO & President Cedric Glasper. “We have a great team and look forward to putting our expertise to work for anyone looking to work with a small business in New York.
To learn more about the City of New York’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Certification Program, visit http://www.nycsca.org/MWLBE/Certification-Process.
May 2018, Warwick, NY – Mechanical Rubber, a custom contract manufacturer of high quality rubber, plastic and metal products is pleased to announce that it has received the internationally recognized AS9100D / ISO9001:2015 Certification for its Quality Management System (QMS) from ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. AS9100D is endorsed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
AS9100D represents the most current standard for the Aerospace, Aviation and Defense industries. To receive certification, Mechanical Rubber’s QMS was scrutinized during a three-day audit process by ANSI-ASQ to ensure commitment to consistently deliver quality products to its customers.
“The certification process for the latest version of AS9100 is extremely rigorous and many companies have chosen not to pursue it,” said Cedric Glasper, President / CEO of Mechanical Rubber. “But we felt we owed it to our customers, particularly OEM’s in the Aerospace, Aviation and Defense industries, to not only meet, but exceed their most stringent requirements.”
“We’re not stopping here,” Glasper continued. “Our team is currently working toward earning the rigorous ISO/TS22163:2017 certification. We are confident that the systems we already have in place provide a strong foothold in the rail and transit industries that will allow us to expand the use of our tested and compliant railway compounds.”