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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mechanical Rubber will be participating in the Orange County Annual Spring Job Fair on Wed., May 18 at The Galleria, Crystal Run from 10 am – 3 pm.
If you or anyone you know is looking for employment, stop by our booth or visit the resources page to learn about available positions.
Mechanical 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).
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of retired employee, Vincent J. Morgiewicz, of Pine Island, NY, who passed away on Saturday, February 27th.
In addition to his work here at Mechanical Rubber, Vincent served in the United States Army in Korea, was a life member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, past chief of the Pulaski Fire Company, and former chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners. He was an active member of St. Stanislaus Church and secretary of its Holy Name Society for fifty years. The community has lost a valued member.
We send our sincere condolences to his wife, Sophia, his son, Vincent Jr., his daughter, Rose and the rest of his beloved family.
Warwick, NY – Mechanical Rubber recently received AS9100 Rev. C / ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System recertification. Meeting all the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, the system also meets stringent Aerospace-specific for DOD, NASA and FAA.
“Adding the additional processes to the AS system has proven very successful for the company,” said Alisa Sherow, Quality Assurance. “Our system was recertified by the Aerospace certifying body for another three years.”
“AS9100 raised the bar for the already high standards the company held for many, many years,” said Cedric Glasper, President and CEO of Mechanical Rubber, which celebrates its 75th anniversary next year. “We became certified in 2012 and now, three years later, meeting such a rigorous standard has become second nature to my team. We look forward to facing new challenges and becoming certified for the next level, AS9100 Rev. D to be implemented by 2017.”
Warwick Valley High School senior, Kamaal Cenot, spent part of his summer vacation participating in the job shadow program at Mechanical Rubber in Warwick. His interest in engineering led him to pursue an opportunity with the company, to help determine whether engineering is the right fit for him.
“The experience is helping a lot,” said Cenot, who is currently looking to attend SUNY Maritime, Binghamton or Stony Brook. “It’s helping me to know what to expect. Seeing the real-life application is pretty cool.”
Cenot, who also plays Varsity Basketball for the Wildcats, has spent two days each week for the month of August working in various departments at Mechanical Rubber, learning many different aspects of the engineering field.
“Kamaal is a very responsive student,” said Gary Lyon who works in Mechanical Rubber’s Quality Control department. “He was already familiar with some tools of the trade; Warwick Valley High School taught him that. With that foundation, we were able to expand and teach him how different tools work for different applications and companies. One day he learned how we make tubing. He was able to experience every step of the process from warm up to measurement to curing. Mostly, he learned that wherever you go, you need to be able to multi-task. In today’s society, very few people sit in an office and do one task. You have to be flexible.”
In the lab, he got to work with the company’s chemist, Chris Lingle, a Warwick Valley High School and SUNY Binghamton graduate. “We went over all the aspects of testing to the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), basic testing and even into some full testing of the properties of rubber material,” said Lingle. “Kamaal is a smart individual; definitely very driven.” Lingle participated in an internship himself while a student at Warwick Valley. “It’s a great experience. You get real-life experience and it looks good on college applications and resumes.”
“Kamaal is interested in Electrical Engineering,” said Ralph Hempel, who is responsible for all the machine and building maintenance. “When he worked with me, a piece of equipment was down, so the timing was perfect. We were able to review electrical schematics, trouble-shoot and repair the machine. It was a good experience for him to be able to fix older technology. A lot of what they learn in school involves new technology. That’s not always the case in company’s that have been around for 75 years.”
“I always wanted Kamaal to get a first-hand experience,” said his mother, Cecelia Cenot. “I wanted him to see the business up close, before making a final decision. I would love to see more students take advantage of such opportunities.”
“Mechanical Rubber realizes that a company is more than its product,” said Cedric Glasper. “It’s also about its people and its community. We have the ability, as well as the responsibility, to offer our youth experience outside of the classroom and welcome it. It has been a pleasure having Kamaal join us for the summer and we are certain he has a bright future ahead of him.”
In addition to a job shadow program, Mechanical Rubber also offers an internship program. Applications are available on the Resources page at mechanicalrubber.com.
Mechanical Rubber President and CEO Cedric Glasper with WVHS senior Kamaal Cenot and Cecelia Cenot with Plant Engineer Ralph Hempel and Gary Lyon from Quality Control.
The results are in and Mechanical Rubber’s Customer Satisfaction has once again increased.
Each year, Mechanical Rubber sends out a Customer Satisfaction Survey to customers that ordered within the prior year. The survey includes ratings for the Sales Process, Customer Service, Quality and Delivery. Customers are able to rate the company in a series of categories from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) and requests comments where appropriate. For overall experience, 71.4% of respondents rated Mechanical Rubber “Excellent” with 21.4% rating the company “Very Good” and 7.1% reporting a “Good” experience. Mechanical Rubber received no “Fair” or “Poor” ratings.
“Mechanical Rubber set an aggressive goal to achieve an EVG (Excellent/Very Good) rating of 84% minimum,” stated Alisa Sherow from the company’s Quality Assurance department. “We are thrilled with a result of 92.8%.”
“Customer Satisfaction reflects not just our product, but our people,” said President and CEO Cedric Glasper. “Mechanical Rubber has a highly-functioning, responsible and invested team that I am proud of. These numbers reflect the high standards that I have set for the company, as well as the high standards the staff have set for themselves.”
A chart including the breakdown of survey results is available at “How Are We Doing?” on the Resources page at mechanicalrubber.com.
Time Warner Cable’s Jessica Chen recently visited Mechanical Rubber and interviewed President & CEO Cedric Glasper for a feature on Hudson Valley Business Beat. The spot aired one the cable stations News Channel 6 on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Click here to view the video.
Mechanical Rubber was one of 59 companies to participate in “Stand Up For Veterans”, a veterans-only hiring event on Sat., May 2 in the Diana Physical Education Center at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus.
In addition to providing job opportunities to veterans, the event included healthcare screenings, aid with DD-214 form registration, benefits assistance, access to social and community services, college admissions and family activities.
“Stand Up For Veterans” is a joint venture between the college, the Orange County Veteran Services agency, SUNY Orange Veterans Club and Vet2Vet.