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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.”
Cedric Glasper, President & CEO for Mechanical Rubber in Warwick, NY participated in the Manufacturing Lobby Day at the Fort Orange Club in Albany, NY on Wed., Mar. 21. The session included legislative and advocacy expert panels with guest speaker in the morning, followed by visits to the Capital in the afternoon. The purpose of the Manufacturing Lobby Day is to influence Albany legislators and policy issues that impact New York State’s manufacturing sector.
|Glasper with Council of Industry representatives Johnnieanne Hansen, Director of Workforce Development & Apprenticeship Program Coordinator and Harold King, Executive Vice President.||MACNY President Randy Wolken & Vice President Government Relations & Communications Karyn Burns with Cedric Glasper at the Manufacturing Lobby Day in Albany on Wednesday, March 21.|
While in Albany, Glasper met with Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, who represents District 113, which encompasses Saratoga and Washington counties & the Metropolitan areas of Albany & Glens Falls.
Mechanical Rubber President and CEO, Cedric Glasper was quoted in a recent interview in the Times Herald Record regarding a Hudson Valley Job Training Program.
Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber will be heading up a team to attend the 2017 APTA EXPO in Atlanta, Georgia. Held triennially, the trade show features over 12,000 professionals from the public transit industry and is a premier opportunity to connect, discover and share innovative solutions all under one roof.
Stop by and visit Engineering Head Barry Moellman at the Mechanical Rubber Booth #4215 at the Georgia World Congress Center from October 9 – 11. Say Cedric sent you!
Two local college students, J. Casey Burley and Daniel Stachelek participated in the Mechanical Rubber internship program this summer.
Casey, a 2014 graduate of Warwick Valley High School is currently a senior at the University of Rhode Island where he is majoring in Journalism. Last year, a friend referred him for a job working in the plant, but he was invited back this summer to work in the administrative offices. Reporting to Alisa Sherow in the Quality Department, Casey is responsible for order processing, invoicing, organization and customer support. He hopes after graduation to work for a big magazine in New York City, where the knowledge of working in an office is sure to come in handy. In Warwick, Casey ran track and field for the Wildcats.
“Casey is an excellent worker,” commented Sherow. “His work is consistently accurate. He has afforded me time to concentrate on projects that I haven’t had time to work on in months. He is an asset and I’ll hate to see him leave at the end of the summer.”
Dan is entering his sophomore year at Central Connecticut State University, where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology. A resident of Tuxedo, Dan graduated from Burke Catholic in 2016, is a power-lifter and snowboarder, who wrestled, played football and ran track in high school. He hopes to work in the Aerospace field for a big Aerospace company like Sikorsky or Northrop Grumman, so Mechanical Rubber was a great fit for him. He began his search for internships when still in school, hoping to find something close to home, when he came upon the offering from Mechanical Rubber. “There is a lot of in-depth work here,” he commented. “The work with the machines is great, because I don’t plan to be sitting in an office designing.” Dan rotates during his time at Mechanical Rubber, working in manufacturing, quality, lab and maintenance. With the intricacies of manufacturing for the Aerospace industry, the hands-on experience should prove to be invaluable for Dan’s future and he has already asked if he can come back to the company when he’s off from school.
“Dan is a hard worker who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty,” said Johnine VanBeers, Production Planner. “He is a quick learner. I’ll tell him to do something and he does it, no questions asked. Dan’s a good kid. He’s learned a lot already and has been beneficial to our plant.”
“I am excited to be able to offer quality hands-on experience to college students through our internship program,” commented Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber. “I’ve always been a supporter of education and believe that coupled with work experience, internships are a great way to build a stronger workforce. We’ve been lucky to have two excellent interns this summer and look forward to the ones we’ll meet as we go forward.”
Applications for internships are available on the RESOURCES page at the company website www.mechanicalrubber.com.
Cedric Glasper, Alisa Sherow & Casey Burley
Cedric Glasper, President/CEO of Mechanical Rubber attended a workshop on Tuesday, August 8 at Rockland Community College offered by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s (REDC) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Small business owners were invited by the MTA to come to the event to learn the ins and outs of doing business with Metro North Railroad.
Scheduled seminars included a small business mentoring program, MNR Discretionary Award opportunities as well as new and emerging contractors, and opportunities for disadvantaged small businesses.
“I learned a lot at this event,” stated Glasper. “The transit industry in New York State is growing and I look forward to the business opportunities present for Mechanical Rubber.”
Mechanical Rubber President/CEO, Cedric Glasper (right) met with Metro North Railroad Compliance Manager, Christine Norman during an MTA workshop geared to assist small businesses in working with Metro North.
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Cedric Glasper, President/CEO of Mechanical Rubber joined manufacturers from all over New York State for the 2017 Manufacturers Lobby Day in Albany on March 1st.
Event participants had the opportunity to address specific policy issues, such as Workers Compensation and Regulation, Taxes and Economic Development, Workforce Development, and Energy with state legislators.
Glasper was part of the Taxes/Economic Development group that discussed raising Real Property Tax Credits for manufacturers from 20% to 100%, which would provide $200 million in tax relief to NYS manufacturers annually; moving the implementation of Start Up New York to an existing economic development organization; as well as requiring New York State ‘Buy American’ contracts to source in-state manufacturers first.
“It was a very successful event,” commented Glasper. “I am very optimistic about the future of manufacturing in New York State.”
Mechanical Rubber President/CEO, Cedric Glasper (from left) joined Vits International CEO Deirdre Ryder, Package Pavement Corp President Darren Doherty and Schatz Bearing Corp CFO Brad Euker.
Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber, was honored for five years of volunteer service by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan at an awards banquet on Wednesday, February 15 at The West Hills Country Club in Middletown, NY.
Cedric Glasper is joined by fellow honoree Valerie Zammitti (left) and Community Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Rowley (right) at The West Hills Country Club in Middletown.