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Tiffany Oliphant

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Attracting Millennials to the Rubber Industry: How to Recruit, Retain, & Reward

Feb 23, 2017 By Tiffany Oliphant

Millennial--- never has a generation been in the driver seat, as much as you. Some would argue baby boomers have always been the driving force in America. Move over boomers, by 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics.

Business leaders are strategically trying to figure millenials out. Many of them are asking, how do we manage millenials? How can we make them adapt? What's wrong with them? You may even hear derogatory comments toward them. Let's cut out the name calling, blame game and look at how their digital fluency can benefit the rubber industry.

Topics: rubber industry, millennials, manufacturing jobs, recruitment

ISO Certification Changes: Looking at your processes from a high level?

Jan 27, 2017 By Tiffany Oliphant

For years ISO certifications have taken businessess to new heights. It has allowed them to take a look in the mirror, tweak or fix systems issues, all while creating a new avenue for revenue. For customers, it gives them relief that a businessess professional affairs are in order. Now there are a few new clauses to ISO:9001 that are bridging quality processess and strategy by including upper management.

Topics: iso, changes certification

Are Swellable Packers becoming a commodity product?

Jan 06, 2017 By Tiffany Oliphant

      Swellable packers have been in the field for over ten years now. What was once new technology is now common. There are numerous manufacturers and distributors of swellable tools.

     In most industries, as a product matures and more companies offer similar versions of it, price becomes a determining factor. If price is the key the product can be considered a commodity. 

Topics: oil & gas

Collaborative Alliances: Supplier, Intermediate & Customer

Nov 10, 2016 By Tiffany Oliphant

What does  a Collaborative Alliance look like?

It looks like a trustworthy, committed relationship with common goals.  It’s businesses sharing vital information,then creating not just a product, but a product that is the best solution for that customer's application. And it's usually quite rare.

Topics: seamless intergration, supplier, industry, partnerships, rubber, customer, intermediate, Collaborative Alliances, Elite, oil & gas

No Barriers in Business: How to create a Seamless Integration culture in the Oil and Gas industry?

Nov 07, 2016 By Tiffany Oliphant

Looking at successful businesses you often wonder what it took for those companies to make it. Of course: vision, hard work, a great product, teamwork and an awesome pitch to a customer, just to name a few. Owner of Elite Elastomers, Steve Glidewell employs the methodology of seamless integration to shift the trajectory of his custom mixing business’ longevity.

Topics: supplier, partnerships, rubber, oil & gas

Is your current supplier a Custom Mixer or an Applicative Compounder?

Oct 17, 2016 By Tiffany Oliphant

RIPLEY, MS-- 30-year rubber veteran, and owner of Elite Elastomers, Steve Glidewell,

started out as a custom mixer but realized Elite’s asset is technical, not physical.

For the last six years, he developed a process to get their end application stakeholder an

optimal solution quicker. The Mississippi based mixer is currently transitioning its

business model to be an applicative compounder, which focuses on the end application then

works backward to concept.



Topics: Elite Advantage