DENVER—The Rubber Roller Group's president deemed the group's recent 34th annual meeting in May in Denver a success.
The event featured two days worth of speakers and an expo of 21 exhibitors. The group consists of 34 manufacturers and 38 sales companies, and of those 10 percent are international.
Rick Harwood, president of the Rubber Roller Group and Harwood Rubber Products, said he was pleased with the turnout in his opening address. He also revealed the next meeting will be held in San Diego from May 6-8, 2018.
Steve Chase, the group's secretary/treasurer, described the association as a family.
"There was one meeting about six or seven years ago that I could not attend because I had a death in the family," said Chase, a vice president at Next-Gen Compounding. "I received 10 or 20 texts while I was gone letting me know that people were thinking about you. That's family. It's really nice to see faces that you maybe only see once a year or two or three times a year. It's always a great homecoming."
Focus on safety
Steven Ash, professor at the University of Akron, delivered the meeting's keynote address. The talk focused on enhancing safety climate by improving decision-making, challenging members to examine situations in different ways.
Ash described three kinds of safety cultures—pathologic, the organization that doesn't believe it makes errors; bureaucratic, the firm that makes a new rule for every situation; and learning, the company that tries to understand the broader implications of an error.