The Rubber Group specializes in manufacturing custom-molded rubber products using transfer, compression and injection molding to make such parts as grommets, bellows, seals and hoses. It services a variety of industries like medical devices, aerospace, defense, natural gas and more.
The firm, though, was formed started as a distributor of extruded and fabricated rubber parts back in 1986, said CEO and President Rob Pruyn.
"We evolved into a molder in the mid-1990s because we had no other way to meet customer needs for some custom products," Pruyn said. "There were no other options. Since then, our growth has come in the manufacturing part of our business."
Today, The Rubber Group generates 80 percent of its revenues from manufacturing custom parts, and 20 percent from distribution activities, he said. The custom parts it produces are concentrated in areas where there are significant financial and operational consequences to customers if there is potential for failure. Virtually none of the parts the company makes are the same, whether rollers, drive wheels, rubber profile, tubing or cord.