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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.
Rubber-Cal Pro Tips: The Right Rubber for the Right Job
The sheer volume of the different rubber sheets available through our firm might be a bit overwhelming. You might be wondering if you should choose between a silicone rubber or an EPDM rubber, or even what is the difference between the two of them. Fear not, we are experts in this field and we are here to help. Below is a short list of the popular rolled sheet rubber materials that we stock and a description of the types of applications where they are recommended for use.
Neoprene Rubber: This type of rubber is very popular among our customers because it is like the jack-of-most-trades. Neoprene sheet rubber can be used in a broad range of applications that need a rubber material with good physical durability and a moderate resistance to factors such as oils, greases, chemicals, UV, and ozone. The neoprene rubber in our inventory is only available in a black color and it is available in a variety of durometers (hardness levels) ranging from 45A to 80A. We do not recommend it for use in applications involving extreme temperatures, which in neoprene’s case is anything beyond 200° F. Please keep in mind that we stock solid neoprene rubber, not the wetsuit cross-linked fabric often commercially called neoprene!
EPDM Rubber: When you have a use for rubber where it is expected to stay outdoors for long periods of time, or even indefinitely, then EPDM rubber is our first recommendation. This rubber sheet is specifically designed for use in applications where there is going to be high levels of UV and ozone. While most other rubbers will exhibit signs of wear, cracking, or discoloration after a certain period of time in the outdoors, EPDM will last for a much longer period of time. Its chemical makeup is designed to resist the kind of cracking that are caused by UV rays after direct long-term exposure. The EPDM material we stock is black in color and available in a medium hardness rating of 60A. While EPDM has a good level of resistance to certain chemicals, it is not recommended for use in extreme temperatures or exposure to oil, fuel, gasoline, or grease.
Silicone Rubber: When you have a need for your rubber gaskets or seals to survive extremely hot and cold temperatures, then look no further than the silicone rubber. This is the rubber sheet material we recommend whenever the temperatures are expected to be between -100° F to 500° F. In terms of our lineup of silicone rubber, we have a commercial grade and a premium grade. The commercial grade can operate between -100° to 450° F, while the premium grade version that handle temperatures going up to 500° F! Unlike our other sheet materials, silicone rubber is available in more color options than just the standard black. We have red/orange, blue, white, gray, brown, and even translucent! Hardness levels range from 40A to 70A. Silicone is also very chemically resistant. However, we do not recommend it for use in the outdoors.
Rubber-Cal Application Focus: Rubber Kitchen Mats
If you have ever worked in a restaurant, one thing you have probably noticed is the use of rubber mats around the kitchen. Perhaps you never really thought twice about why kitchen mats were being used in the first place. But rubber mats are very important in a commercial kitchen. Implementing a kitchen mat or two will increase the safety of kitchen staff, reduce liability of the restaurant owners, and maximize comfort for employees.
First and foremost, rubber kitchen mats make any commercial kitchen a safer place to work. Kitchens are full of risks and hazards. From hot pans to sharp knives to slippery floors, accidents are waiting to happen if the necessary safety precautions are not taken. Just like calling out “hot” or wearing safety gloves, a kitchen mat is one example of these crucial safety precautions. In a fast-paced environment like a commercial kitchen, spills are unavoidable. Servers can spill the drinks they carry out to their tables, or cooks can spill hot water while moving pots or pans. In any case, floors become slippery quickly, making the use of a kitchen mat imperative. A rubber kitchen mat has a no-slip quality that makes kitchen floors safer to tread. The rubber material, drainage holes, and raised design increases grip and traction while also resisting moisture, making slips and falls far less likely. A kitchen mat will keep your kitchen staff, as well as your front of house staff, much safer.
Kitchen mats do not just protect against ordinary food and water spills. They can protect against oil and grease spills as well. Grease and oil spills are different from ordinary food and water spills in that grease and oil are especially slick and more difficult to clean. Simply wiping them up with a towel can still leave slippery residue. Often salt is needed to thoroughly clean a grease or oil spill to avoid slipping, pouring it on the floor than sweeping it up after it has absorbed the grease. Thankfully, red rubber mats contain nitrile rubber that is good for combating grease and oil. This eliminates the time consuming hassle of cleaning grease or oil with salt, since it is absorbed into the mat. Red rubber mats are great for parts of the kitchen where grease and oil are especially present, while black rubber mats are good for dishwashing or bartending areas.
When rubber kitchen mats are implemented to keep restaurant staff safe, it in turn reduces liability of restaurant owners and management. Spills are an everyday reality of working in a kitchen. Therefore, slips and falls due to kitchen spills are one of the most common accidents in a commercial kitchen (Cal/OSHA). If the necessary safety precautions, such as creating non-slip floors with rubber matting, are not taken, owners and managers can be held liable for work-related accidents. Property owners and managers are responsible for creating a safe work environment for their employees. Lawsuits are a huge hassle for everyone involved. They take up a huge amount of time and a huge amount of money to handle. Making sure your restaurant implements kitchen mats can save your staff from injury and save you from the headache of labor lawsuits.
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