RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (Feb. 26)—The Rubber Manufacturers Association's General Products Group lost 21 member companies in the past year, but gained 10 new ones. Donald B. Shea, RMA president and CEO, said during the association´s annual general meetings Feb. 22-24, that consolidation was the biggest factor in the decline in membership. However, the work of Michael J. Crosby, GPG president from Freudenberg-NOK G.P., and several other key members resulted in the influx of new members. Shea said no one can sell the RMA's case to rubber industry companies better than its own members. The new—and in some cases, returning after a hiatus—members are: BASF Corp.'s Elastocell division, Blair Rubber Co., Carlisle Power Transmission Products Inc., Columbian Chemicals Co., Nishikawa Standard Co., Parker Hannifin Corp., Reeves Brothers Inc., REP Corp., Rice-Chadwick Rubber Co. and Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc. The RMA now has 111 rubber product and supplier company members. The RMA and its non-tire GPG members held their annual meetings at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, outside Palm Springs.
RMA group loses 21 members, gains 10 more
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