ERJ staff report (DS)
Long Branch New Jersey -- Monmouth Rubber & Plastics Inc., has introduced a range of qualified materials designed replacements for rubber and plastic materials previously made by Rubatex International L.L.C..
In June 2010 Rubatex International closed its closed-cell rubber foam factory in Bedford, Virginia with minimal information to the industry or to customers.
In July 2012, Monmouth introduced equivalents to the 8500 series family of materials which are SBR, FDA approved materials. Then in September, 2012, the company announced new equivalents that now complete the full line of obsolete Rubatex stocks - including G231N and G207N which customers found impossible to find replacement materials.
Fairlane Industries, Inc., a precision die cutter founded 40 years ago in St. Louis, Missouri, now sources all of its closed cell materials from Monmouth Rubber & Plastics, including applications for HVAC, NEMA Closures, and small and large appliances.
Sourcing Specialist Gary Guzek of Sealing Devices Inc. also purchases closed cell materials from Monmouth.
"Customers are loyal to Monmouth because they know we're in it for the long haul and we'll be here for them. Many of our customers would be reluctant to return to a company that had left them high and dry at least twice in the past," says John Bonforte, Monmouth's General Manager and Technical Director.
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Press release from Monmouth