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‘Discover the Warwick Valley’

Chamber unveils tourism plan to attract visitors to four seasons of activities only a short drive from their homes

WARWICK — The Tourism Committee of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce launched its tourism initiative at a well-attended public meeting in the Warwick Town Hall on Tuesday evening, March 20.

The program, “Discover the Warwick Valley,” is designed to draw visitors from throughout the tri-state region and beyond and will highlight all of the four-season activities, dining options and accommodations that will enable people to discover their own experience of a beautiful area that is only a short drive from their homes. To view the entire story as it appeared in the Warwick Advertiser, click here.

Reprinted with permission from the Warwick Advertiser.

Chamber directors holds first meeting of 2012

WARWICK — Members of the Board of Directors of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce assembled for their first meeting of the new year on Jan. 6 in the Greenbriar Room conference hall at Mount Alverno Center on the Warwick Campus of Bon Secours Charity Health System. To read the article as it appeared in the Warwick Advertiser, click here.


Reprinted with permission from the Warwick Advertiser.

Businesses bleeding from health insurance hikes

Health insurance premiums are going up 9 percent for Mechanical Rubber in Warwick next year, and CEO Cedric Glasper is somewhat relieved.

After years of double-digit increases to the cost of the MVP Health Care insurance plan he offers his employees, Glasper said 9 percent just doesn’t seem that bad – until he remembers what’s happened to the deductible.  Read the entire story as it appeared in The Times Herald Record.

Used with permission from the Times Herald-Record, a division of Dow Jones Local Media Group.

Union African Methodist Episcopal Church hosts celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

WARWICK – Last Monday, Jan. 17, members of the Warwick United African Methodist Episcopal Church (UAME) and guests from throughout the Warwick community, including pastors from the Warwick Reformed Church, the Church of the Nazarene, and local officials celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Rev. Dr. Robert A. Brown, pastor, Rev. Theresa Meli, worship leader, and members of the church sponsored the event. They were all gathered to honor the memory of Dr. King, the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated in 1968. Following the reading of the litany by Rev. Michael Otte, pastor of the Warwick Reformed Church, young children from the Union Youth Ministry took turns offering tributes to Dr. King. Guests, who also gave short presentations, included Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Mayor Michael Newhard, Judge Nancy D’Angelo, Judge Peter Barlet, the Rev. Bruce Bernard, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene and Cedric Glasper, president and CEO of Mechanical Rubber. The UAME Tabernacle Choir with Sister E’lissa Jones-Leonard and the Praise Team for the Church of the Nazarene helped to make this a memorable occasion. During the service Rev. Dr. Robert A. Brown gave a moving sermon and final benediction. Brown said that Martin Luther King’s dream would have been only a dream unless something was done to make it come true. And that his legacy demands that we all must do something, one on one, to demonstrate that we care for others and will do something to fulfill a dream to help all those in need. Brown plans to reestablish an organization at his church that he once successfully ran in Queens. JAM (Jesus and me) will serve the community and help combat the problem of drugs and alcohol or other concerns among its youthful members or anyone of any age. And Brown will invite all local pastors and officials to work closely with him. Following the service, guests were invited to share refreshments with church members. To read the entire article as it appeared in the Warwick Advertiser, click here.


Reprinted with permission from The Warwick Advertiser.

Joe McZorn given the GOLDEN KEY to Mechanical Rubber Products, Warwick, New York

April 25, 2005

Joe McZorn retires after 50 years as a millman in the rubber industry. Joe worked for Mechanical Rubber Products from 2000 to 2005, mostly on a part-time basis. Prior to that, he worked at the acquired Minisink Rubber in Unionville, NY for nearly 30 years and originally another rubber company in Central New Jersey from the age of 18.

Joe’s explanation for retiring “my body started to give out, otherwise I’d keep working.” Joe had reduced his work hours to 1 day per week, which was approved by the company’s President Cedric Glasper. During the company Christmas party last year, Joe made the announcement that he was done. Mr. Glasper asked him what was he going to do, Joe replied “travel for a couple of weeks”, Mr. Glasper responded “then what” and Joe said “watch TV”. So, Mr. Glasper suggested for him to work at least 1 day per week whenever he felt like it. Joe agreed.

The plaque simply says “Joe McZorn over 50 years of service with a Golden Key to Mechanical Rubber Products for him to use before, during and after retirement”. Present to present the award was President/CEO Cedric Glasper, New York State Assemblywoman Anne Rabbitt, and Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton.

Mechanical Rubber Products Acquires Minisink Rubber

Warwick, NY – Mechanical Rubber Products Company, Inc., acquired certain assets of Minisink Rubber, Unionville, NY, on Aug. 14, 2000. The purchase included all extrusion dies, splicing molds, compression and transfer molds, compounds and customer order records.

As of December 2000, the company anticipates being 100% operational with all of Minisink Rubber’s manufacturing capabilities. Mechanical Rubber has molding press platen sizes from 18” x 18” to 36” x 36”, hot feed extrusion lines to make mandrel or coiled profiles and a splice vulcanization department to accommodate multiple projects, in addition to their die cut, lathe cut, slitting and stripping departments.

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