The Power of Momentum

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Here at UP&R we're growing. And not only are we growing, we have momentum. We're on pace to do almost twice as much business in 2012 as we did in 2006. And we're looking to do even more business in 2013. There's no better feeling than momentum. It means our success is more than just a flash in the pan, and that the strategies we're employing are working and working well. And what are those strategies? The first is acquisition. Much like our acquisition of Dybrook, Inc. a few months back, we seek out the best businesses in the industry to increase…

An Elastomer for Every Application

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What type of rubber should you use when you need a part that can withstand intense heat? How about constant outdoor exposure? What if you need chemical resistance? As the title says, there is an elastomer for every application. And while the possible chemical combinations that make up an elastomer are near limitless, elastomers can be broken up into general categories. Allow us to walk you through them. Neoprene – Neoprene is what we like to call an “all purpose” rubber. It's good for indoor and outdoor applications, and is resistant to most chemicals, oils, weather conditions, and just about…

Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

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If you’ve been keeping up with us on Facebook and Twitter, you know that we recently acquired Dybrook Products, Inc. Dybrook is a leader in custom molded and extruded rubber products, so making them a part of Universal Polymer and Rubber was a no brainer. With their addition we’ve expanded our customer base and our production capabilities, all of which provides us with a better foundation for the future. But it was more than additional customers and production space that spurred our interest in Dybrook. Part of our goal here at Universal is to always be learning, and always be…

Chaos and Uncertainty

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Chaos and uncertainty aren't ideal conditions to operate in, but they're facts of life in our business. To that end, we do everything we can to see our customers through to the other side. This year has been an unpredictable one for us. Months that are typically busy have been slow, while historically slow months have been booming. In these tough economic times, everyone is cutting inventory. Many times companies aren't placing orders to manufacturers until they get orders from their customers—and they want to make sure their customers don't see any delay. It's always a challenging position to work…

Misconceptions About Tarp Straps and WLL

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We'd like to clear something up: our rubber tarp straps don't have a Working Load Limit (WLL) printed on them, and they're not supposed to. Lately we've been catching a lot of flack for this. Our tarp straps are used to tension covers and tarps over loads, typically loads carried by flat bed trucks. The straps keep the tarps from flapping around during transport, something that would limit both their effectiveness and their service life. A working load limit applies to the maximum cargo weight a strap can be used to restrain. The problem is that tarp straps are not…

We Do It All

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If you’re like us, you’re busy, and turning five stops into one is a dream that too rarely comes true. Well, in this case we can turn that dream into a reality. We already offer top-of-the-line rubber molding, rubber extruding and plastic extruding services. But we also offer secondary services that allow you to leave with a finished product. With our assembly, punching, cutting, splicing, trimming and PSA tape application services you can make sure that when you come to us, you’re done. For one of our clients, we manufacture diaphragms for air operated double diaphragm (AODD) pumps. After molding…