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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.
Interesting Facts – Rubbertown, KY
Many towns are put on the map by their industries. Take Detroit, for example, famously known as the heart of America’s automotive industry. But Rubbertown USA takes this to a whole new level. Rubbertown is a neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, and received its name after a large number of industrial plants were built there – including several major rubber manufacturing operations.
An industrial complex, situated by the Ohio River, it was first launched in 1918 with the building of an oil refinery. But the Rubbertown revolution really exploded during World War II, when a host of other manufacturers set up shop there. These included the B.F. Goodrich Company – once one of the biggest tire and rubber manufacturers in the world. A neoprene plant was also built by a company called DuPont. This was a game-changer within the rubber industry, as it allowed neoprene to be mass-produced for the first time. Neoprene became more readily available for the first time, and is now used in countless applications, such as gaskets and seals. Another major plant was opened in 1945 by a consortium made up of five different rubber companies and named National Synthetic Rubber. This plant was used to make SBR (styrene butadiene rubber) for tires to boost the war effort.
Over the years some manufacturing plants have come and gone in Rubbertown. The National Synthetic Rubber plant changed names and owners several times, now called the American Synthetic Rubber Company and owned by industry giant Michelin. There has also been a big push over the last 15 years to reduce potentially-harmful emissions coming from Rubbertown in response to calls from nearby residents. No matter what happens in the future, Rubbertown will always be a huge part of the rubber industry’s history.
Rubber Insights - Cellular Rubber vs. Solid Rubber
Not every type of rubber is created equal, and two forms with vastly different make-ups are cellular rubber and solid rubber. It’s important to recognize that both of these rubber forms have strengths and weaknesses, with each suited to different applications. It’s first important to know the differences between the two types.
Cellular rubber is porous, with closed cells or open cells within it. Also known as foam or sponge rubber, this material is extremely compressible due to the closed air pockets within it. This means that it can be easily manipulated but will return quickly to its original form. In complete contrast with cellular rubber, solid rubber is exactly as the name suggests. It is non-porous and far more rigid, with a higher durometer value demonstrating its higher degree of hardness. While cellular rubber has a low density due to the air pockets within it, solid rubber is the opposite with a very dense consistency and structural make-up. This does not mean that solid rubber is not flexible though. While not as compressible as cellular rubber, many forms of solid rubber are still highly flexible and can bend without breaking.
Both cellular and solid are types of rubber, but they act completely differently. While softer rubbers tend to absorb impacts, a solid rubber can repel force. This makes solid rubber best suited for applications such as high-stress gaskets, flooring, protective surfacing and anti-vibration padding, among many others. Due to the structural make-up of cellular rubber, this form is better suited to applications such as sealing, shock absorption and noise and heat insulation.
Rubber Insights - A Protective Surface
When it comes to providing a protective surface, rubber is one of the very best practical materials available. This protection comes in many different levels and forms. Perhaps you are trying to make a surface more protective for those standing on it. Or maybe the level of protection is needed for the floors beneath. No matter which it is, rubber is the answer.
There are several factors that make rubber a top protective material. One such reason is that rubber products come in a wide range of thickness gauges. Different rubber types also have varying levels of elasticity and hardness – which is measured in its durometer value – as well as density. A thicker and more pliable type of rubber might be used for playground surfacing, providing a perfect example of how rubber offers a protective surface for those on to of it. This kind of product will have a high level of cushioning, as well as impact and shock absorption. Some products are also constructed with protrusions on their underside, allowing them to flex under pressure.
Rubber can also help to protect other existing surface types. For example, by utilizing a rubber mat or flooring roll on top of a wooden floor you can protect it from all kinds of harm. Rubber matting or flooring can protect underfloors from impacts and vibrations. Rubber is also highly water resistant, and some forms are non-porous for maximum protection. In addition, rubber flooring has a high level of abrasion resistance and does not allow mold or mildew to form. This combination of attributes make rubber the ideal material to provide a protective surface in a range of applications.