Manufacturing in America: Universal Polymer & Rubber

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What is the state of manufacturing in America? This question has been on our minds for some time now, and after reading articles and reports on the subject, we decided to take a closer look by talking to some of the men and women on the front lines of the industry. The following interview with John Zielinski, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Universal Polymer & Rubber, is the first in our “Manufacturing in America” series. The goal of this series is to highlight some of the manufacturing challenges and triumphs that are occurring right here in our…

Help Celebrate National Manufacturing Day Friday, October 6th!

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National Manufacturing Day (NMD) is an annual day of recognition for the modern manufacturing industry. Established to highlight companies in the manufacturing sector and their many accomplishments, it is also designed to inspire and help secure the next generation of American industrial creators. Those firms interested in participating may register on the official site. Once listed, individual events can be marked as public or invitation-only. NMD initiatives include the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects, bridging the skills gap and reshoring of industry back to the U.S. On Friday, Oct 6, 2017, NMD will highlight more than 2,000…

Small Manufacturing Updates Under the New Administration

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With every presidential election comes change, and with a new administration in office both large and small business’ have been feeling the effects. The U.S. stock market saw a jolt of activity that hasn’t been seen since 2014. In August 2017 the Dow Jones set record highs, hitting an intraday peak of 22,179.11 on August 8th. Although the outlook seems optimistic, some of the numbers aren’t playing out as expected. Although the Dow Jones is up, this is the first time numbers have been down in the manufacturing industry in a couple of years. As of July 2017, the monthly…

5 Ways to Run a Thriving Manufacturing Company: Lessons from an American Success Story

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For almost half a century Universal Polymer and Rubber has been a market leader in the domain of rubber and plastic extrusions and custom created products. During that time the business has placed a great emphasis on client satisfaction and in 2017, when most production units in Ohio are struggling to stay afloat, we have not only managed to expand our operations but have also been recognized as a “Made in USA” success story by the renowned publication Construction in Focus. 5 Golden Rules from Those Who Have Braved It All:  Manufacturing may be the lifeblood of the nation, but…

Made in America, Built to Last: Universal Polymer & Rubber Ltd. Is Featured in “Construction in Focus Magazine”

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This month UPR received a rewarding validation of our efforts, being recognized by one of the most widely read publications in the world of manufacturing and construction-- Construction in Focus. Universal Polymer & Rubber Ltd. is pleased to be seen as a “Made in America” success story in the July 2017 issue. We would like to thank the magazine for the opportunity and to tip the hat to everyone who has been involved in helping us earn that spotlight. “A Made in America Success Story” (pages 114-117), is a candid look at the legacy of Universal Polymer & Rubber Ltd…

What’s Holding US Manufacturing Back?

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In the United States, the manufacturing industry is very important as it creates jobs for millions of people, as well as provides the products and goods the country needs.  Our previous blogs have looked at how the economy has fared since President Trump took office and the importance of the American Manufacturing industry and Manufacturing Day.  While there have been positive signs that the manufacturing industry is growing, it is still not at the peak levels of the past. 3 Obstacles Holding US Manufacturing Back Securing Talent: The majority of American Manufacturing is based in mid-western states, and in areas…

The Sales Development Process Isn’t As Quick As You Think

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To be a successful business it is important to develop new customers while still providing excellent service to your existing customers.  At Universal Polymer & Rubber we are a manufacturer of rubber molded parts, rubber extruded parts and plastic extruded parts, along with tarp straps for the trucking industry.  We are regularly meeting with new potential clients to review their needs and requirements and discuss how we might be able to assist them.  This sales development process is not quick like some businesses might think, but requires due diligence done on both sides to make sure the fit is right. …

How Is the Economy Doing Since President Trump Took Office?

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Historically when there is a change in presidential administrations, there is a sense of hesitancy in the business and manufacturing world as people wait to see what changes will be made.  This year with the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, that hesitancy does not seem to exist.  A key part of President Trump’s campaign platform, and his first months in office has been the goal of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States and increasing the amount of American made products and goods.  This has led to a positive feeling in the manufacturing industry as companies look…

Introducing AMERIPRIDE Tarp Straps from UP&R

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UP&R is excited to introduce our latest product for the trucking industry: AMERIPRIDE Tarp straps. Made in the USA, the AMERIPRIDE line continues the tradition of our GOLDLINE and SILVERLINE Tarp straps, which have been a standard for the trucking industry since the 1970s. Tarps are vital for truckers to keep their cargo safe from weather and other environmental hazards, and AMERIPRIDE straps will help meet your tarp tie down needs. Made of EPDM in our Middlefield OH facility, the AMERIPRIDE strap has excellent UV and Ozone resistance. The AMERIPRIDE tarp strap is available at an affordable price for use…

UP&R is ISO/TS 16949 Certified

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There are many reasons a company would want to be ISO/TS 16949 certified. ISO is the acronym for the International Standards Organization, which is a non-governmental, independent organization. The ISO publishes standards which lets consumers know they are getting the best products, services, and systems. The ISO also facilitates international trade, with consumers in all countries understanding they will get the best in quality and efficiently produced products, all while being made within specific safety standards. ISO certification is completely voluntary but has gained widely in popularity. To date, the ISO has published over 21,000 standards in a variety of…