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A Tarp Strap for Every Application

Every application that requires a tarp strap has specific demands and requirements to fulfill. At Universal Polymer & Rubber, we offer three levels of tarp straps to correspond with your specifications: GOLDLINE ®, standard mid-range line, and retail line.

Each of our tarp strap levels varies in strength and characteristics for trucking, boating, recreational outdoor pursuits, and more. A note that all tarp straps are intended for use as tension devices for tarpaulins; they are not made to bear or support weight, or be used as cargo control.

Here is a brief guide to UP&R’s three levels of tarp straps to help you understand their capabilities:


GOLDLINE ® represents our top-of-the-line, premier tarp strap, particularly when it comes to strength and durability. Our GOLDLINE ® straps have been continually developing and improving since the early 1970s, and they are now a staple within the U.S. transportation industry.

UP&R’s proprietary rubber compound and manufacturing process that produce GOLDLINE® straps make for a high-strength, dependable tarp strap with excellent waterproofing capabilities. These inherent qualities make it ideal for the trucking industry, where reliability and unparalleled service are a must for heavy, long-term use.


Standard Mid-Range Line

Transportation, marine and boating, and other applications with less stringent requirements tarp strap will find a great fit in UP&R’s mid-range line of straps.

The mid-range level of tarp straps is available in a variety of lower price points, and includes our trademarked SILVERLINE ELITE® to AMERIPRIDE® straps. They are ideally suited for moderate usage with the durability to hold tarps down without issue. UP&R mid-range straps are our more cost-effective solutions and offer great performance.


Retail Line

Our retail line of tarp straps is ideal for recreational tarpaulin users. These straps are our slimmest straps and are better suited for applications that do not require heavy duty use, such as covering campfire pits or shielding boats from the elements at the dock or on open waters.

Our retail line also works well for recreational weekend expeditions or hobbies that call for a tarp, and are available at affordable price points.


The Strap for Your Application

For almost half a century, Universal Polymer & Rubber has helped customers find the right tarp strap for their application’s requirements. Whether it’s a heavy-duty tarp strap for constant use or an affordable option for less stringent demands, the UP&R team is committed to providing you with first-rate service, timeliness, and quality every single time.

To learn more about our tarp solutions and find a tarp strap that works best for your needs, contact us today.


That manufacturing is perhaps the most important sector of the US where regulating the economy and bringing in healthy profits is concerned is not a myth or a secret. Whenever manufacturing has taken a hit, so have the power and the stability of the nation.

Post the recession years of 2008-2009, manufacturing has seen a resurgence of sorts. New jobs are opening up, reshoring is fast becoming a trend and many major producers are choosing the United States as the manufacturing stronghold for its savvy and empowered millennial population of buyers.

There is however another aspect of this revival that is less focused upon but equally important for the sustainability of the manufacturing boom. It is the existing and rapidly widening skill gap crippling the sector.


According to the data supplied by the Manufacturing Institute and the Deloitte Skill Gap Study, 84% of executives agree that there is a very real talent shortage in the manufacturing sector which is going to become more pronounced as the experienced Baby Boomers gradually retire leaving vacant positions that can’t be filled by the Gen Xers alone.

Millennials are interested in STEM careers but their enthusiasm is restricted to the cubicle and desk jobs of computer engineers and software programmers.

It currently takes more than 70 days to recruit the replacement of a skilled production worker and 94 days to hire an on-field researcher or scientist. Despite higher pays and best efforts, 6 out of 10 positions in the manufacturing realm remain vacant. This severely affects the ability of the manufacturing sector to support itself and the projected growth over the next decade. US may lag behind simply because it doesn’t have the manpower necessary to make the most of the opportunities coming its way on the back of the infrastructural improvements that have been initiated.


For manufacturers and producers large and small this may mean making do with employees who are not equipped to handle a role of importance. This can definitely impact the bottom-line performance and in time inculcate mediocrity in products, research and development and client service. The need of the moment is a crusade to banish the misconceptions and misperceptions that plague manufacturing.


mfgdayIt has been found that students who are familiar with the challenges, exciting advancements and lucrative salaries of manufacturing positions are twice as likely to consider it as a career. Through open house events, seminars, conducted factory and plant tours and accurate estimations of the growth in compensation and expansion potential of manufacturing, the younger generation can be conditioned into accepting this sector as ‘rewarding’ and ‘worth a try’.

If you participate wholeheartedly and rope in educators, community influencers and decision makers, you might be successful in showing what the manufacturing of 2015 is and what it isn’t. This lucid communication breaks down preconceived notions and at least shows prospective employees the benefits for what they are.

Universal Polymer is an avid supporter of Manufacturing Day and will celebrate 2nd October with a number of events registered on http://www.mfgday.com/user/register.