Elite Elastomers, your rubber applications solutions partner

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

Going Beyond Rubber Industry Standards: How simulated testing is meeting Performance Demands?

Feb 14, 2017 By Steve Glidewell

 There are necessary test standards in all markets Elite supplies. The following are just a few non-comprehensive examples inside some select markets: ISO, ASTM and SAE test standards in automotive; ISO, NORSOK, NACE and API in Oil and Gas; AASHTO specifications for elastomeric bearings in bridges; FDA and USDA specifications and requirements for the food industry.

These standards are important and provide a common language for technical personnel to discuss non-metallic material performance.

But are these enough?

Topics: rubber, oil & gas, sub sea, iso, simulated testing

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

Elastomer Compounding Competence:the path to an optimal solution.

Jan 02, 2017 By Steve Glidewell

 

 We have discussed the importance of developing “partner” relationships along the supply chain (Collaborative Alliances) and working in a “seamless” way (Seamless Integration) both inside Elite and with outside companies so that the application solution is delivered in the most efficient and complete manner.  Now we need to present the third and most critical facet of the Elite business model, Compounding Competence.

Topics: rubber, oil & gas, compounding

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

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

Are manufacturing jobs important to rural economies?

May 12, 2015 By Steve Glidewell

That might sound like a trick question, of course factory jobs are critical to the foundation of a strong middle class.  But they are even more critical in rural America. The growth of industrial farming and the resulting decline of the family farm have made the availability of good paying industrial jobs much more critical.

As a small business owner and CEO I know firsthand what these jobs mean to my community. We at Elite are working hard to create new products and enter into new markets to provide an opportunity for growth in our local market.

 

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Welcome to Elite, the rubber applications resource

Jun 12, 2014 By Steve Glidewell

There is a framed quotation from Albert Einstein that hangs on the wall of my office.  It states “Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value.”  As I ponder the beginning of a new year and consider the direction of Elite I am drawn to think a similar thing can be said of a company.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am Pro-Success!  After all from a company perspective success can be linked to increased revenues, managed properly more revenues to higher profits, and higher profits to happier shareholders.

It’s not a question of good or bad between value and success, I believe it’s a matter of focus.  Many times if a company’s attention is only trained on the grandeur of success it neglects the foundational rungs of the ladder necessary to ascend to the top.  Often times the company trips, falls and has to begin the climb once again.  I am convinced that the rungs of Elite’s ladder are providing value.  You see if Elite is focused on not just providing a product to our customers but application solutions and unmatched service then we morph from just another supplier into a valued partner.

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