Elite Elastomers, your rubber applications solutions partner

Steve Glidewell

Recent Posts

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, simulated testing, iso

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

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.


Topics: Elite Advantage

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.

Topics: Elite Advantage