ARP Materials follows this maxim and has not only survived, but thrived.
“As Darwin said, it’s not the strongest, but the most adaptable that survive. We are not the biggest, but we are the most adaptive,” said Nick Fasolino, president of ARP.
For 27 years, ARP Materials Inc. (formerly Alternative Rubber and Plastics) has provided high quality, reliable and innovative resources from around the globe. They are dedicated to providing customers with cost-competitive alternatives that allow them to compete on a global level.
“We believe if we help our customers grow their business, it will help us grow ours,” Fasolino said.
ARP knows that many factors influence a customer’s decision on where to purchase raw materials, and they are committed to understanding what drives those decisions. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified distributor of raw materials to the rubber and plastics industry, ARP is focused on providing quality and consistency, both from itself and from its vendors.
“The ISO certification, over the years, has absolutely made us a better company,” Fasolino said. “We monitor our performance on so many different levels and we make fewer errors because of it. It’s a certifi-cation I would recommend all businesses to achieve.”
Obstacles to Opportunity
ARP Materials has been a family-run business since Jerry Fasolino Sr. founded it in 1993. Now, with second generation leadership and a growing, diversified team of industry professionals, ARP continues to expand its portfolio to meet the market’s ever-changing needs.
In 2008, ARP was hit with two major challenges. Founder Jerry Sr. had to step down due to serious health issues. Then ARP lost a key vendor, resulting in an 80% reduction in sales. This financial crisis forced Jerry Jr. and his brothers, Nick and Mark, to reevaluate where their company fit in the industry. They needed to weather the massive reduction in sales and ensure it would not happen again.
With the support of long-term vendors such as Parker LORD, the brothers were able to recover and remain a key player in the rubber industry.
Parker LORD, which like ARP has continually evolved, develops and manufactures high-performance adhesive products. They are the leaders in rubber-to-substrate adhesives and elastomer bonding. Parker LORD also supplies Cold-Bond Adhesives for room temperature rubber bonding commonly used for belt repair, belt splicing and rubber linings.