Now that Rubber & Plastics News' inaugural Best Places to Work in the rubber industry is under our belt, I will say I was quite pleased with how the whole process went. And more than that, I really learned a lot about the eight companies that qualified to be named among the "Best Places to Work."
At first glance, a hose seems benign enough. At its core, a hose has a tube, reinforcement and a cover. Then you add on some couplings and fittings, and that's all there is to it. Right? Well, not exactly.
One of the things I like about covering expos in our industry is the chance to learn about companies I'm not familiar with, as well as meeting people I haven't come across in my more than 31 years covering the rubber sector.
It's true that significant strides have been made in terms of environmental impact in the rubber and related industries, but it's equally true that much still needs to be done, and that this work will take time.
Like many old-time manufacturing sectors, the rubber industry rightly was looked on as a "good old boys" club for decades. While at most gatherings the vast majority of attendees are still males, there's evidence that the numbers may be a bit closer than in years past.
It's time to decide who will be this year's William Stockwell. The president of Stockwell Elastomerics Inc. was named 2018 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year, in large part for guiding the century-old company through a transformation that allowed the Philadelphia-area firm to thrive in the competitive world of custom manufacturing.