The American Manufacturing Industry and Manufacturing Day

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The manufacturing industry is very important to the American economy.  It is a provider of jobs and goods that the country needs.  In recent years there has been a push to promote the importance of manufacturing and make sure that the youth of America know that it is a viable career option.  This first led to the creation of Manufacturing Day, which is held on the first Friday of October, which has then grown to celebrating the manufacturing industry all throughout the month of October! The goal of Manufacturing Day is to celebrate the modern manufacturing industry, and inspire the…

Mixed Signals in US Manufacturing

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Since the recession years of the late 2000s, the manufacturing industry in the US has been working to rebound.  In 2016, there are mixed signals and confusion over how the manufacturing industry is doing.  Articles and reports are coming out on a regular basis, talking about how this specific market is up, while another is down and even others that are staying flat.  Many of the stories seem to be written with a positive spin to show only positive numbers, looking for anyway to portray that manufacturing is as strong as it’s been in years.  At Universal Polymer we work…

National Concrete Pipe Week

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National Concrete Pipe Week is observed this year from August 14-20 to celebrate the concrete pipe and precast products industry. An initiative of American Concrete Pipe Association, the sole purpose of this week is to make people aware of how concrete pipes, precast units and the ancillary industries related to them positively impact the quality of life of US citizens.  During this week long celebration, the contributions of workers, manufacturing plants, and other industries that support concrete pipe producers will be acknowledged. To understand why this week occurs it is important to list out some ways in which concrete pipes…

The Precast Show and Mid America Truck Show

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This year in March, Universal Polymer & Rubber attended both The Precast Show in Nashville, TN and the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, KY. Both of these shows were great opportunities to network with potential clients and business partners, and to view the latest trends in the industry.  Attendance was high for both shows with the crowd being a combination of end users and business-to-business suppliers. The 45th annual Mid-America Trucking Show was a successful event with over 70,000 attendees and over 1,100 exhibitors.  The show was competing against a major auto show occurring in Germany at the same…

National Safety Month 2016

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Every year, hundreds of workers are killed or injured at work – everything from a minor fall to major, fatal accidents cost American businesses and manufacturers thousands of man-hours. While industry is constantly working to improve safety measures and habits to protect its employees, sometimes we need an event to help focus even further. National Safety Month While safety is a year-round endeavor, every June, the National Safety Council puts together the National Safety Month. This is an opportunity to draw attention to safety issues in the work place, at home, in the community, and on the roadways. Through supplying…

Universal Polymer to Make the Most of the Six Sigma Methodology

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Six Sigma is the information driven methodology through which business stakeholders and employees can work together to optimize all possible processes and activities related to manufacturing. It works by using quick and accurate identification of inefficiencies, and by improvement of domains that are not utilizing raw materials and resources to the best of their capabilities.  Carefully developed by great thinkers like Bill Smith, Mikel Harry, Shingo and Taguchi it is a popular manufacturing concept. The Core Concept of Six Sigma: The basic goal of Six Sigma is to ensure cooperation and collaboration between the pillars of a business. Employees are…

Earth Day

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In 1970 an event was first held to honor the Earth and draw attention and support for environmental protection.  This event is known today as Earth Day, and is celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  With over 190 countries participating and hosting their own events, it is one of the largest civic observances in the world.  In 2016 the global theme for Earth Day is “Trees For The Earth”  and the goal is over the next five years to plant 7.8 billion trees which will absorb excess and harmful carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and help to produce more…

American Automobile Sales are Up in 2016 – What That Really Means

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The automotive industry in America is huge, with more people traveling by car than any other mode of transport.  In 2016, automotive sales are growing at the fastest pace since 2000.  Most companies are beating their sales expectations and automakers posted a 6.9% sales increase in February, compared with a year earlier.   While these numbers are positive, they are not sharing the full story on the state of the American automotive industry. While sales numbers are up, North American production is only up 4% on the year.  Production is being supplemented by imports coming in from Europe and Japan.  This…

Top Quality Tarp Straps

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The trucking industry is very important to the American economy as it allows for the easy transport of goods and materials over large distances.  To keep these items safe from weather and other environmental hazards, many trucking companies use tarps to cover the load they are hauling in their flatbeds.  A quality tarp strap is needed to keep those tarps in place, and UP&R is the place to get those straps. The GOLDLINE ® strap from UP&R is a must have product for all road fleets.  Made in the USA in our Ohio manufacturing facility, the GOLDLINE ® strap is…

SEMA and AAPEX Automotive Industry Shows 2015

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Industry shows are a great way to interact with potential clients and business partners.  In November, Universal Polymer & Rubber attended both the AAPEX and SEMA 2015 automotive industry shows in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Both of these shows were well attended by almost the entire automotive industry. The AAPEX 2015 show at the Sands Expo featured over 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers, who set up booths and displays to showcase their products and services to over 39,000 targeted buyers.  The SEMA show at the Las Vegas Convention Center drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers who were there…