UNIVERSAL POLYMER AND RUBBER WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORTED NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

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Safety is a subjective topic. Most of us pay heed to sensationalized stories of plane crashes, terrorist attacks and inclement weather and form precepts of security accordingly. It is not recommended that we indulge in jay-walking or inebriated driving. These are accepted cautions that are firmly entrenched in our minds because of repetition and the warnings of our parents and authority figures. But there are a myriad ways in which we put ourselves in jeopardy that aren’t widely discussed and thus stay in the shadowy background rearing their heads from time to time and claiming lives. This is particularly true…

PLASTIC EXTRUSION MASTERY AT UNIVERSAL POLYMER AND RUBBER L.T.D

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From the early days of the rubber masticator which was primarily used to reclaim or re-process rubber scraps, modern day extrusion has come a very long way. Used generously and frequently to yield profiles for items like pipe and tubing for the architectural, construction, transportation, automotive, electrical, and general industrial markets, plastic extrusion is an art that few excel at! There has to be just the right amount of raw material in the extruder die, the ambient temperature and humidity must be carefully controlled to keep cracks and murkiness of the end deliverables at bay and most importantly there needs…

STEM And Its Importance For Economic Growth & Development: Universal Polymer Investigates

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STEM educational fields are considered to be elite. There is no denying that a degree in engineering holds more water and prestige than corresponding achievements in the fields of art or literature. This notion is corroborated by the fact that STEM jobs (or jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pay an average wage of $85,570 annually – almost double that of non-STEM occupations. Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce has found that 47% of students with bachelor’s degrees in these coveted fields earn more than their PhD counterparts who do not hail from the same background. The…

Ohio Manufacturing

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The rebound in manufacturing since the Great Recession began in 2009 has been incredible, and it has helped to spur on our country’s economic recovery. Throughout the United States, some states are more involved in the manufacturing sector than others. Here in Ohio, we are one of the top five states in the country in regards to manufacturing, meaning our state is one of the leaders in the economic recovery of our country. Here are ten facts you should know about manufacturing in Ohio: In 2013, Ohio had a manufacturing output of $99.83 billion of goods, the fourth-largest output in…

How Chinese Holidays Impact US Business and Manufacturing

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Have you ever considered how Chinese holidays impact US business and manufacturing? Since 2002, several worker holidays have been added to the Chinese work calendar. As China does so much business with the US and Europe, the country has added a one to two-day holiday over Christmas. In addition, China also has national holidays that do not occur in the US. Two examples are China’s May Day on May 1 and the Dragon Boat Festival on June 20-22, 2015. Chinese holidays impact US manufacturing because of the large amount of trade between the two countries, which is growing in the…

Can the US Manufacturing Sector Handle a Full Economic Recovery?

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The manufacturing sector is on an upswing as our first quarter comes to a close. With the popular consensus being that the US economy will continue to improve, an important question comes to mind. Is there capacity in the US manufacturing sector to handle a full economic recovery? The increase in manufacturing activity became readily apparent at Universal Polymer in December of 2014. In previous years, for every market we served there has been a downturn toward the end of the year. Traditionally, December is 60-70% of normal sales, with March and April being pretty consistent. At the end of…

The Manufacturing Climate at the End of the Year

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Every year, we at Universal Polymer and Rubber see a downturn in manufacturing activity. With the holidays here, along with cold weather, many manufacturers are slowing down their production. This in turn means that we, too, have to slow our production down to reduce our inventory and lessen our payables. Some of this also comes thanks to the traditional end of the fiscal year, when companies are putting off on ordering more until they have their financial information completed. While some manufacturers may see a slowing of production at the end of the year manufacturing climate as a bad thing,…

The Global Manufacturing Business

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Universal Polymer & Rubber Ltd also known as UP&R by its customers and vendors is a part of the Cypress Companies of Akron, OH. Since its inception in 1970, UP&R has reached out to customers across the globe. It has helped its customers to grow by providing a wide range of polymer solutions. UP&R focuses on manufacturing rubber and plastic extruded parts as well as rubber molded parts. These are manufactured in the manufacturing plants in Middlefield, OH and Tallmadge, OH as well as through partnerships and relationships with other manufactures in Asia, thus showing its global presence. UP&R sells…

Competitive Manufacturing: A Delicate Balancing Act

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Today’s business environment is unique and highly competitive. As manufacturing comes back in a big way, and American manufacturing, specifically, is reaching new heights, companies must find the right balance to stay ahead. Take, for example, the role of a senior manager in a medium-sized manufacturing company. This person must wear many hats. After all, most companies don’t have the full amount of personnel—especially in these times of fewer skilled workers—to have someone handle short-term strategies and another to handle long-term. The senior manager, therefore, has multiple responsibilities, and must juggle them all well, focusing on both the short and…

America’s Auto Industry Today: Behind the Numbers

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If you look at the news and numbers focused around America’s auto industry, what you see, at first, is that it’s in a recovery phase, and that production is up. This is true—July production was up by 10%, and overall production is up by about 7.5%.[1] However, as with anything, to get the full picture, you must really scratch beneath the surface. Major auto makers, such as Nissan and Chrysler, are seeing booming sales and therefore booming production. Likewise, if you’re a supplier working with them, then your business is booming accordingly. But the fact is, these two companies make…