Occasionally, Rubber Division, ACS staff members are given the opportunity to visit with rubber industry companies to get a snapshot of how these different companies operate. Christie Robinson, Training & Development Director and I recently visited with Rahco Rubber in Chicago. Rahco Rubber has been in business for nearly 50 years, and has grown from a small, four-man operation to employing over 100 workers; but the family-centered culture hasn’t changed. They are an ISO 9001 certified, family owned and operated company with the 3rd generation actively working to maintain and grow the business. More than 30% of their employees have been with them at least 20 years. They are proud to be a Made in America company, with full-fledged research and development, engineering, quality control and production departments. Its capabilities include rubber molding, polymer injection molding, material development, custom compounding and engineering, with the ability to take products from concept to commercialization.

The leadership team at Rahco Rubber includes (from left) Jim Anton, VP of Operations; Steve Anton, CEO and President; and Jack Anton, VP Sales & Marketing.

The leadership team at Rahco Rubber includes (from left) Jim Anton, VP of Operations; Steve Anton, CEO and President; and Jack Anton, VP Sales & Marketing.

“Rahco is a very proactive company that embraces the value-added approach. We align our efforts to tackle what others may view as challenges successfully; ultimately making them into win-win opportunities. We position ourselves as a resource to our business partners, working as an extension of their staff so to support their goals,” says Dennis Askew, Rahco Rubber’s Business Development Manager. One of the goals of our visit with Rahco was to determine how we could find synergies between Rahco Rubber and Rubber Division, ACS that will help both of us be more successful. Rahco as our newest Corporate Member looks forward to participating in key Rubber Division, ACS initiatives and the support of industry goals.

If you are interested in determining whether your company and Rubber Division, ACS can work together in ways we may not have thought of in the past; please shoot me an email, give me a call or visit me. We are here to make our members successful, and we believe that together we can continue to move this industry forward!