Great Lakes Rubber expands sustainable rubber offerings

Great Lakes Rubber continues to support the circular economy by extending its SustainSBR product line.  Our “green” styrene butadiene rubber products now include 70A and 80A hardness compounds: SustainSBR-70 and SustainSBR-80.  These new “green “products complement our initial 55A hardness SustainSBR-55.  Using between 48% and 51% repurposed rubber (i.e. recyclate) these compounds when used instead of virgin SBR significantly reduces unnecessary landfilling and lowers greenhouse gas emissions, power consumption and water usage. Great Lakes Rubber’s SustainSBRs are less expensive, more sustainable alternatives to virgin SBR compounds.

Help protect our environment and consider using these “green” materials in your products. SustainSBR data sheets can be found on the Support – Resources page of our website.

Great Lakes Rubber offers new sustainable rubber using recycled material

Great Lakes Rubber is excited to offer our first truly “green” rubber compound: SustainSBR-55. Helping make sustainable rubber a reality and supporting our commitment to the circular economy, this SBR compound uses 51% recyclate material. Using SustainSBR-55 helps reduce unnecessary landfilling and lowers greenhouse gas emissions, power consumption and water usage. SustainSBR-55 is a less expensive, more sustainable alternative for virgin SBR compounds.

See if you can use this today on your products and help save the world one rubber product at a time. The SustainSBR-55 specification sheet can be found on the Resources page of our website.

Old dog toy – new tricks: Great Lakes Rubber donates toys to local Humane Society

Great Lakes Rubber, who has been working with BULLYMAKE LCC in providing rubber dog toys, has a unique opportunity to enhance the experience for shelter dogs. Each month, as the “power chewer” dog toy subscription boxes change themes, GLR will be donating any product that has slight blemishes unsuitable for sale to the Washtenaw county Humane Society to bring a little joy to the dogs as they await their forever home.  Great Lakes Rubber loves giving second life to its products, much like the Humane Society does for sheltered dogs.

Great Lakes Rubber supplies critical materials to the frontline of COVID-19 pandemic

With its work deemed essential, GLR is remaining open for business and is now supplying critical materials to the frontlines of the coronavirus battle. It is supplying elastic headbands to a number of customers who are manufacturing face masks for hospitals fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. While already supplying hundreds of thousands of elastic headbands made up of 70% polyester and 30% rubber, Great Lakes Rubber has the capacity to deliver much, much more as well as any other essential rubber product.

Great Lakes Rubber remaining resilient during COVID-19 pandemic

With much of its business deemed essential during the COVID-19 economy, GLR remains open supplying products to medical, food sorting, and transportation industries among others. The company is deemed ‘critical manufacturing’ along with its parent company, Mac Valves, as the valves they manufacture go into medical supplies such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators. Great Lakes Rubber’s supply chain remains open as well.

Precautions are being taken in the workplace and GLR is following the guidance of health experts at the U.S. Center for Disease Control and state and local health agencies to prevent the spread of the virus. Policies have been put in place to keep employees healthy by frequent hand washing, social distancing, and working from home when possible. GLR has also increased the frequency of which it cleans and disinfects its facilities and equipment.

Great Lakes Rubber’s products going to the dogs – literally

Great Lakes Rubber recently secured a contract with Dallas-based BULLYMAKE LLC, a subscription box provider of dog toys and treats.  Great Lakes’ products are super tough FDA-approvable rubber toys made just for the “power chewers” which BULLYMAKE caters to.  High on BULLYMAKE’s supplier criteria list was finding a custom molding rubber company that is also an automotive supplier.  BULLYMAKE’s VP of Operations had spent over 30 years in a Tier 1 automotive supplier and knew the level of care and quality that automotive suppliers were required to meet.  Where better to find a supplier meeting their criteria than SE Michigan and Great Lakes Rubber.

Great Lakes Rubber continues to contribute to a circular economy

For many years, manufacturing at GLR has taken the “green” initiative by ensuring all of its rubber waste is truly never wasted. Scrap from manufacturing processes are given second life as GLR works with rubber recycling facilities to re-purpose the material into things like cushioning for track fields and playgrounds. Currently, over 100,000 pounds of rubber avoids the landfill per year thanks to these recycling efforts.

Great Lakes Rubber celebrates its 40th year of rubber manufacturing excellence

Since its beginnings in 1979 and its incorporation with Mac Valves in 1989, Great Lakes Rubber has taken care of hundreds of customers who rely on their rubber products around the world. From rubber seals holding up in the frigid climate of Alaska to a seat bumper on a Maserati, GLR products are everywhere. While the bread and butter of the company has been mastering the rubber components of a Mac Valve, what is learned there is applied to solutions for other applications.