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New York State Manufacturers Go to Albany

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.  

Community Foundation Honors Cedric Glasper

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.

Aerospace Industry Sets New Export Record

The Aerospace Industries Association announced yesterday that the US aerospace and defense industry delivered a record $146 billion in exports during the 2016 calendar year, an increase from $143 billion in 2015. Civil aerospace sales comprised the vast majority of revenue, with defense sales representing 15 percent of the total. Read the whole story here.

Glasper Reflects on Mechanical Rubber’s Past with Eye on Future

20120418_1As Mechanical Rubber reaches a landmark 75th Anniversary this June, President and CEO Cedric Glasper reflects on the company’s past, with his vision focused clearly on its future. “I can’t believe that Mechanical Rubber is 75 years old,” said Glasper, who took the helm 21 years ago.  “Each week still feels like my very first week with a long laundry list of To Do’s.  At times I feel like I’ve gone from a row boat to a canoe to a kayak; other times it’s like a motor boat cutting through the water at a high speed and then a sail boat that needs strategy and advance planning trying to reach our destination.”

Mechanical Rubber has seen many changes, improvements and successes over the years.  “Twenty-five years ago, we were a molding and die cut gasket house with customers in the automotive industry, such as Trico Wiper Blades (bought out by Crowne Group and currently owned by a private equity firm Kohlberg & Company); electronics, such as Crouse-Hinds (purchased by Cooper Industries and now Eaton Corp.); and aerospace, with Allied Signal, which is now a part of Honeywell,” Glasper recalled.

“Fast forward to today,” he continued. “We die cut, mix, extrude, mold, wrap, and fabricate many types of rubber and plastics, and in the last two years we began fabricating metals, specifically aluminum, for aerospace.  Mechanical Rubber parts are in the International Space Station, aircraft wings and doors, bowling alleys, shrimp processing, bridges and retaining walls.  We even manufacture expansion joints for air and liquid flow for marine applications and industrial facilities. And the next time you ride your local transit railcar, take a look at the black rubber gasket around the windows and doors.”

“My sales team spends a lot of time locating our original customers’ new buyers and engineers to ensure that they continue to receive the same quality and service that we have always provided and at the same time guaranteeing that we don’t get left behind,” said Glasper. “There are few companies that exist today with the same personnel I met when I started over 20 years ago.  I, myself, have seen close to 200 employees come and go at Mechanical Rubber, and am still on the look out for skilled and talented professionals to join my team.”

Products and customers change constantly, which requires Mechanical Rubber to adapt to new technologies and environments for rubber to be manufactured to whatever application may arise.  Every day poses new challenges, endeavors and opportunities, which keeps Glasper on his toes. “Believe or not, today I am considered an expert in my field, yet I still have that long laundry list of To Do’s.”

APTA photo 3Mechanical Rubber opened its doors in Warwick, NY in 1941. In 75 years, the company has seen six wars, 13 presidents, energy crises, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, and a man walk on the moon. It has celebrated times of prosperity and withstood times of recession. It has employed baby boomers, hippies, yuppies and, now, millennials. It has grown with the times, yet held on to the values of the past. It has married the newest of technology with the endurance of hands-on craftsmanship, and will continue to seek new opportunities to bring its commitment to excellence to customers in every industry. To learn more about Mechanical Rubber and its history, visit www.mechanicalrubber.com.

Mechanical Rubber Participates in High School Career Fair

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Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber participated in the third annual Warwick Valley High School Career Fair recently and had the opportunity to meet with a lot of students to discuss engineering, manufacturing and what it takes to run a business.

 

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Student feedback was positive with many stating that they learned about careers they are interested in as well as jobs they hadn’t even thought about. Another takeaway was that some found out there are career opportunities outside of four-year college.

 

 
Recognizing that the value of hands on learning, Mechanical Rubber has offered high school students job shadow opportunities, as well as internships. During the career fair, Cedric had the opportunity to catch up with HS Junior Collin Parsons, who took advantage of the Mechanical Rubber Job Shadow program last fall. Parsons has recently committed to completing his senior year at the Clarkson School while simultaneously being enrolled as a freshman in Clarkson University in Potsdam. P1050457

Mechanical Rubber Mourns the Passing of Joe McZorn

 
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We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Joe McZorn on Wednesday, April 27 at his home in Middletown, NY. He was 80 years old.

Joe retired in 2005 after thirty-five years as a mill operator for Mechanical Rubber and Minisink Rubber (acquired by Mechanical Rubber in 2000). But even in retirement, Joe remained a part of the Mechanical Rubber family, often dropping in to see how things were going in the plant and rarely missing a Fourth of July company picnic. His visits will be truly missed.

 

We send our deepest condolences to his wife Rebecca; his son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Colleen; his daughters, Cynthia and Zanetta; his brothers and sisters and all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Cedric Glasper presented Joe McZorn with Mechanical Rubber’s Golden Key on the occasion of his retirement in 2005.

Visitation will be held at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., 72 West Main St., Middletown, NY on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service at noon. Burial will be held at a later time.

Condolences may be sent to Joe’s family at: http://ocfuneralhomes.com/tribute/details/532/Joe-McZorn/condolences.html.

 

 

 

 

Spring 2016 Events: Aerospace Innovation Forum

 

Forum InnovationMechanical Rubber President and CEO Cedric Glasper participated in the Aerospace Innovation Forum in Montreal, Canada on April 25 and 26, 2016, during International Aerospace Week. The mission of the forum is to form a global collaboration to develop innovation in the Aerospace Industry.

Additional participants included Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Heroux Devtek, and forum lead partner CAE. The forum was organized by Aero Montreal in collaboration with the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ).