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Our MissionEducate and Deliver Value to our ClienteleIncrease Efficiency of our OrganizationBring to Market “Living Brands” That Evolve with our Client’s Changing Demands
Establish 1994Founded in 1994, Rubber-Cal is a distributor of industrial rubber products. The company brings to market and inventories a wide range of rubber mats, rubber flooring, sheet rubber, flexible ducting, coir doormats, pavement maintenance parts and other specialty rubber products. Our large inventory and 24-hour fulfillment of stocked products makes us a great partner to agile OEMs and retailers by reducing their need to inventory parts and raw materials. Most of our rubber goods can be purchased in small custom-cut lengths, decreasing both the cost and time of installation and onsite fabrication.
Eco-Conscious ProductsIngrained in our basic philosophy is the mission to offer “Green” products, whenever possible, to industry and consumers alike. Natural, reclaimed and recycled rubbers are not only a practical substitute but also a far more affordable option. Firstly, by using eco-friendly materials like natural and recycled rubber we help to reduce the presence of non-biodegradable rubber waste in the ecosystem. In the US, there are approximately 245 million tires discarded annually. Our products help reduce the presence of these tires in dumpsites. Secondly, consumers directly benefit from recycled rubber products because they are more affordable than their synthetic counterparts. This has been a distinguishing hallmark that has served Rubber-Cal well over the years. In fact, it is a point of pride for us. Products using eco-friendly recycled rubber, such as our interlocking rubber floor tiles, are very popular with consumers because they offer superior protection and durability at a competitive price.
BrandsDucting.comCoirmat.comFloorMatCompany.comRubberFlooringExperts.comSheetrubber.com – Coming Soon
In the MediaRubber-Cal's quality products have garnered attention for the company from the media. In 2016-17 you will see our products appearing on prime time TV shows such as Sweat Inc., The Biggest Loser, Strong, and Save Our Shelters. In the past ten years our rubber products have appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, US Open of Surfing, VH1’s Money Hungry, Mr. Olympia, Designed to Sell, DIY TV’s Run My Renovation, Extra Yardage, Man Caves and Grounds for Improvement. Rubber-Cal is proud to have been involved in the success of these shows. As the company continues to grow, consumers and industry can expect to see more of its products showcased in the media.
Our StaffRubber products can be complex and hard to understand. All of Rubber-Cal's success would not be possible without the dedicated expertise of its staff. Whether you need sheet rubber, rubber flooring, or custom-made rubber gaskets, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is on hand to help you find the right elastomer for your needs! The experts know that browsing through our product line may be intimidating for some, but they are here to guide you. With a firm belief in providing quality customer service, they make it their mission to educate and inform customers about rubber products.
Upcoming Trade ShowsRubber-Cal is excited to announce its presence at two upcoming trade shows in 2017! Come find us at the following shows:
National Pavement Expo – February 1-4, Nashville TN - This is the go-to event for companies and contractors involved in America’s pavement maintenance industry. Rubber-Cal will be at this show in Nashville’s Music City Center from February 1 to 4 showcasing our lineup of rubber snowplow blades, street sweeper curtains kits, and sweeper hoses.
National Hardware Show – May 9-11, Las Vegas NV – This trade show is the prime hub for sourcing and education for everyone involved in the home improvement and DIY markets. Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Rubber-Cal will be exhibiting rubber mats and flooring products at booth 4424.
Rubber Insights – What Makes Recycled Rubber “Eco-Friendly”?
One can be forgiven for not having rubber come to mind whenever the term “eco-friendly” is used. After all, most rubber products are generally petroleum-based. But being eco-friendly does not simply mean that the product is made from naturally occurring sources. Eco-friendliness also takes into account how a given material/product interacts with the ecosystem around it. One type of rubber in particular is a great example of this: recycled rubber.
Recycled rubber is an aggregate rubber product that is formed from discarded source of rubber, primarily used vehicle tires. These tires are shredded down into fine crumb and then glued back together using a polyurethane based binder to hold it firmly together. Tire Derived Products (TDPs) are ine of the fastest growing segment of recycled products in the market. Here at Rubber-Cal, we make extensive use of recycled rubber products.
The secret is behind the production process. When vehicle tires are discarded, they have to be sent somewhere. That somewhere is most typically a junkyard or a landfill. At first glance one might not think that is such a big deal because all trash goes to these landfills anyways. But consider the fact that landfills are finite spaces and that tire rubber is not a biodegradable product. Once a tire is tossed into the landfill, it will remain there indefinitely. The rubber does not break down and become one with the biosphere in the way an old banana peel would. Since there is an estimated 250 million tires discarded in the US every year, you can imagine how much valuable space it occupied by these non-biodegradable materials. That space could be used for waste that is biodegradable. By removing tires from the ecosystem equation, it allows the earth to “breathe” a bit more. That is why this material is considered “eco-friendly” by the rubber industry.
Nowadays, recycled rubber is used in a variety of settings. This includes the construction and fitness fields. Recycled rubber is a durable product that is ideally suited for physically demanding situations such as those seen in commercial gym floors or as pallet liners.
Interesting Facts: Fascinating Rubber Facts
What is rubber? but a material that stretches, provides padding, and has a lot of give to it? Because of its elasticity and protective capabilities, it is desired in many industries, and can be found in items such as apparel (any sort of expandable or tight-fitting clothing), in asphalt (making for safer roadways that reduce sound), and is used as flooring and matting in many commercial places, such as kitchens, gyms, pet and animal care facilities, and even playgrounds. Small rubber products are everywhere!
Vulcanizations: Natural rubber is often vulcanized, a process by which the rubber is heated and sulfur, peroxide or bisphenol are added to improve resistance and elasticity and to prevent it from perishing. Before World War II, carbon black was often used as an additive to rubber to improve its strength, especially in vehicle tires
Allergies: Some people have a serious latex allergy, and exposure to natural latex rubber products such as latex gloves can cause anaphylactic shock. The antigenic proteinsfound in Hevea latex may be deliberately reduced (though not eliminated) through processing. In the recent past nitrile rubber (a synthetic rubber) gloves have become very popular in lieu of natural rubber gloves.
Akron is the fifth-largest city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Summit County. Residents of the city are called "Akronites". It has had many nicknames, three of which are "Rubber Capital of the World", "Rubber City" and "City of Invention". Interesting fact is that Rubber City Rebels are an American proto-punk band from Akron, Ohio that formed in 1976.
Rubber City: Thailand, the world’s biggest rubber producer, which is now seeking to become a major rubber user as well. Rubber City, launched by the state-owned Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) at the end of last year, will occupy about half of the 364ha Southern Region Industrial Estate. The Project is to serve the government policy in coping with recent slump price of latex and rubber products. In order to increase the demand for latex from important midstream to downstream industries.
Fordlandia: In the 1920s, the Ford Motor Company sought to elude British monopoly over the supply of rubber, mainly used for producing tires and other car parts. Henry Ford looked for alternatives and a permanent place to establish a colony to produce rubber. Ford's investment opportunity dried up overnight without producing any rubber for Ford's tires, and the second town was also abandoned. In 1945, Henry Ford's grandson Henry Ford II sold the area comprising both towns back to the Brazilian government for a loss of over US$20 million.
The properties of rubber are what make it such a desired commodity; even after it has been used for its initial purpose, it can be recycled and used again to make for a long-lasting product that has many economic and environmental benefits. Now that you know some general rubber facts, you can go out and discover in what ways you currently use rubber in your life and how you can incorporate it into your life even more so!
Product Spotlight: Oak Design PVC Flooring for Home Offices and Living Rooms
Wood flooring has been a popular mainstay in American homes for many decades. Hardwood floors are usually found in residential settings and are particularly common for areas such as living rooms, kitchens, and private offices/study rooms. People like to have wooden floors because it offers a clean and classic visual aesthetic to an area. Wood blends in well with a variety of different design styles ranging from the vintage Bohemian to the modern minimalist. Shopping for a hardwood floor can also be pretty fun because there are also many different types of wood to choose from.
But not everything is ideal with wooden floors. The single biggest drawback is perhaps the cost. According to Home Advisor, the average cost for new wood flooring runs at $4421. Depending on the square footage and the specific type of wood involved, the costs can reach up to $10,000 and that is before you even add the installation costs! The installation process of wood floors is another headache to deal with because it involves the assistance of professionals who (hopefully) know what they are doing. Many people want wood floors in their homes, such as for the living room or a private study, but the costs and headaches involved often hold them back from achieving their goals.
Rubber-Cal has the solution for this problem. We have introduced new vinyl flooring rolls to our inventory that are designed to look like genuine hardwood floors. These are the new Terra-Flex Oak vinyl rolls, of which there are four variations: Colonial Oak, Golden Oak, Nutmeg Oak, and White Washed Oak. They are made from very high quality virgin PVC, a material that combines both pleasing aesthetics and deceptively rugged physical durability. The rolls are 5ft wide and available in lengths of 10ft, 25ft, and 57ft.
You can install these rolls over cement, tile, and even other hardwood floors with the simple use of double-sided tape. The surface preparation involved would be fairly minimal, requiring only a general cleaning of the existing floor before laying the rolls down. After the floor is cleaned, you simply need to apply the tape along the perimeters of where the rolls need to go and before you know it you will have a revitalized new floor in your home.
Rubber-Cal Customer Care is Now on Twitter
A new era is upon us. Our customers are now using social media for customer service more than ever. Twitter in particular is a very popular choice. When our customers reach for their phone, they are as likely to tweet as they are to call customer service. Why is using Twitter for customer service so critical? With more than 800 million registered users, Twitter has become one of the main ways that people communicate.
It is only natural that people use it to share frustration or ask for help. Rubber is not an easy compound to know and understand. Not everyone has a familiar working knowledge of the product. That is why we are here. We hope that through Twitter, we can respond to your questions and needs quicker. We want to show the world that we are a responsive company that cares about customers.
Twitter is public and that is a good thing. It is one-on-one interaction, but with an audience. If we respond quickly, then everyone can see an issue being resolved in real time.
Sure, Rubber-Cal may need to have some private discussion with the customer – which can be done through Twitter’s Direct Message feature – but once the problem is resolved, we can come back and publically thank the customer for the opportunity to serve him or her. Sometimes multiple customers ask the same question at one time. And others might be wondering but not asking. Twitter gives us the opportunity to jump in and solve the problem for 2-3 (or more) people at one time. It is a win-win for everyone involved!
By using Twitter, Rubber-Cal is an accessible 21st century company. When we converse via Twitter, customers such as yourself can get answers more quickly since they only take a minute or two for customers to compose. Send us a Tweet now @RubberCalHelp