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  • Raising Wages, a New Trend

    According to two Wall Street journal articles, Customer Rubber Corp. is on the cutting edge of U.S. manufacturing companies overall. Both articles, U.S. Pay Increases at the Bottom of the Ladder and Manufacturers Search for Workers, point out the challenges of finding committed employees. Raising wages is the most obvious lever companies can pull to overcome the challenge - and that's what Custom Rubber Corp. is doing.

     As a blog post from August 8 highlighted that Custom Rubber Corp. has raised its starting wages three times in the last 12 to 14 months. For example, new machine operators now start at $11 per hour and increases to $12 per hour after completing their first 60 days. Those numbers do not include the thirty-five cents per hour shift premium for second and third shift. Additionally, Custom Rubber Corp. has been working at least one Saturday overtime day per month for the last four months.

    According to second Wall Street Journal article, weekly wages for workers at full time status in the 25th percentile have increased by 3.1 percent from 2015. Such an increase is the biggest that the industry has seen since 2009, and that “exceeds the growth rate for median earners.”

    Custom Rubber Corp.'s increase have been 10 times the average because the benefits significantly outweigh the extra costs. Further, the article notes that a smart financial decision made by companies involves bolstering pay at the bottom half, which increases stability and decreases hiring and training costs.

    The Wall Street Journal article from September 2 starts by stating, “Amid growing anxiety about the disappearance of factory jobs, thousands of them are going unfilled across the U.S.” Custom Rubber Corp. currently has openings for more than 12 machine operators, with some openings on all three shifts. The article continues, “The number of open manufacturing jobs has risen since 2009 and this year stands at the highest level in 15 years, according to Labor Department Data.”

    Despite competitive pressures on pricing, Custom Rubber remains committed to growth and development. Not surprisingly, that growth depends on an ability to attract and retain employees at all levels of the organization. Custom Rubber Corp. will continue to evaluate wages paid to ensure a competitive edge, as well as the ability to fill open positions.

    Posted Thursday, September 8, 2016 by: Charlie Braun
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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Adds More Product Examples

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added new product examples to our website.  Each product example includes a photo of the part and brief text that outlines why the customer chose CRC, any challenges associated with making the part, and generally how the part is used.  Read more...

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  • Problem Solving with 8th Graders

    Custom Rubber Corp.'s President, Charlie Braun, participated in the Shaker Heights Middle School "Design Days" event on May 7, 2019.  Design Days brings in local community members with all types of backgrounds to discuss real-world applications for the Design Process.  Charlie presented a challenge to design a better way to demold one of the rubber products manufactured by Custom Rubber Corp..  Read more...

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Partners with Cleveland State University

    Custom Rubber Corp. partnered with Cleveland State University (CSU) class on Lean Manufacturing.  A student team took on a 5S Lean Project at Custom Rubber Corp. to put the information from their class into practical application.  Read more....

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  • "Engineer for a Day" Tour

    On February 22, 2019, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted high school students for a day-long exposure to Engineering.  The event is organized annually by Cleveland State University and Custom Rubber Corp. has participated the last three years.  
    The tour event was also the first time Custom Rubber Corp. used a new audio tour guide system.  After winning a $750 prize associated with the "Educational Outreach" award from ARPM (Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers), CRC purchased a system of 10 receiving headphones and a microphone transmitter.  
     

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  • Custom Rubber Corp.'s Innovative Use of Vision Technology

    John Bellett presented at the Industry Benchmarking conference about Custom Rubber Corp.'s innovative use of vision technology, both for part inspection and also for mold safety. (Photo Courtesy of Creative Technology)

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  • Developing Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. presented at the annual industry Benchmarking conference in Indianapolis back in October about their efforts to attract the next generation of folks to the manufacturing industry.

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  • Rubber News article: Custom Rubber Corp. hosts ARPM Tour

    The October issue of Rubber and Plastics News has a two page article discussing Custom Rubber Corp.'s approach to manufacturing employment and some technological investments the company has made.  The entire article is available here....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. Tour

    On September 26, 2018, Custom Rubber Corp. hosted a tour of High School students from Warrensville Heights High School.  The students are in an Engineering and STEM class.  The students learned a bit about what makes manufacturing in general exciting and also some specifics about molding rubber.  At the end of the tour, the students were given a project....

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  • Custom Rubber - Building the Next Generation

    Custom Rubber Corp. is facing the same challenges many other companies are facing: Where can we find additional, dedicated employees who have some training?
    At Custom Rubber Corp., there is a movement to do something about it....

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  • Custom Rubber Corp Upgrades Quality Capabiltieis

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added significant quality inspection capabilities that utilize the latest in automated vision inspection equipment.

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  • Great Place to Work

    Custom Rubber Corp. released a new video sharing the experiences of employees.  Potential employees can watch to find out what kind of work environment Custom Rubber offers and see the type of work.  Custom Rubber Corp. is now hiring, $11.85 starting wage for night shift.

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  • Custom Rubber Corp. article in Inside Rubber Magazine

    Custom Rubber Corp. was featured in an article in the most recent Inside Rubber Magazine.  The article discusses the continuous improvement approach that Custom Rubber Corp. is taking with Mill Drills and Safety.

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  • Molded Round Seals / Molded Round Gaskets - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. just updated and added information to the Round Molded Gasket / Round Molded Seals page.  The information includes the three primary ways to produce a round gasket or seal and what the advantages and drawbacks are to each.  Also discussed are three primary technical issues that are important to selecting the right type of round gasket and/or round seal.

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  • Colored Rubber Molding - How To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added content to its website with a host of information about molding colored rubber.  The information includes five reasons why Custom Rubber Corp. is one of the leaders in molding colored rubber products and four reasons why product developers, engineers, and companies in general should consider specifying a color other than black for their next rubber molded component. 

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  • Custom Rubber Grommets - How To

    When desigining a custom molded grommet, there are a number of things to consider.  Custom Rubber Corp. recently added detailed information regarding the issues or questions that need to be answered and an outline of how to work through the steps.

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  • Protective Case Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. has added detailed, step-by-step information regarding how to design a custom silicone rubber protective case for your electronic device or instrument.

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  • Rubber Bellows Design How-To

    Custom Rubber Corp. added information related to designing molded rubber bellows and molded rubber convoluted boots.  Information is now available on the five steps or questions that designers need to consider when developing a custom molded rubber boot or bellow.

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  • New Look For Molded Rubber Products Website

    We're very excited about the recent launch of our new website. Much of the content is carried over - our old site had excellent illustrations of the types of products we make and customers we serve - but the look and feel of the site is much more up to date. We've included some larger photos showing some of our employees at work and have updated many of the product pictures.

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