• May 1, 2020
  • Cindy LeClair
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    • Manufacturing Hope | Helping The World Recover

      A Note From Cindy

      As a custom manufacturer of rubber & plastic, my family company, Vip Rubber & Plastic Company, is part of the global community helping to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We are actively manufacturing multiple custom components used in critical medical applications like ventilators, respirators, nebulizers, oxygen chambers, and emergency supplies. Specifically, we are making gaskets, pump seals, IV tubing, straps, bumpers, and many other rubber and plastic parts being sent out to the medical field. Our goal is to do as much as we can to help furiously fight against this deadly virus. Identified as an essential and critical manufacturing entity by Homeland Security, we will continue to make all parts without disruption to our process.

      As a third-generation family member, I always love being a part of Vip, but right now, I feel so proud of our company and employees. It can be very difficult to watch this COVID-19 pandemic unfold and feel unable to help. We have the privilege of being a part of the solution. I’ve been able to witness our loyal and dedicated employees bravely showing up each day, following stringent safety protocol, and actively participating in saving lives. 

      I’m especially grateful for 2nd generation of leadership, which includes my mom Kathy, my dad Tom, and two uncles Howard and Dean, who have successfully carried our company on their shoulders for 60 years. My grandma and grandpa started this company in 1961, and I know they would be incredibly proud of what we are doing today. 

      As this virus quickly progresses and the economy dramatically fluctuates, I pray that we can stand strong through this time, continuing to contribute in such a profound way. And we sincerely want the same for all other essential businesses playing their own role. 

      My heart goes out to all of you who have been affected by this pandemic. For those of you who have suddenly been thrust into unemployment, for anyone experiencing illness, having a difficult time with isolating, or experiencing grief as we watch the world suffer. May we stand firm in faith, love, and support for each other.

      May we continue to manufacture hope and help the world recover.Cindy LeClair Vip Rubber and Plastic COVID face mask

      Much love,

      Cindy LeClair
      VP Marketing
      cindy@viprubber.com

      Updated 5.1.2020 – we are open and manufacturing without any disruption.

      Cindy LeClair is the Vice President of Marketing at Vip Rubber and Plastic Company in California. Cindy is in the third generation of family ownership and has over 10 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. She is passionate about helping others and aims to educate and connect customers with the right resources. Should you want to get to know Vip Rubber and Plastic better as a potential supplier, do not hesitate to reach out to us. team@virpubber.com

      • March 19, 2020
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        • COVID-19 | No Interruption In Manufacturing

          To the global Vip family,

           

          There will be no impact to our on time performance. 

           

          We want all of our customers, vendors, employees, and friends to know we have dedicated ourselves to extreme virus prevention and safety in all departments. We certainly understand the severity of this situation and the delicate balance of protecting our employees as we continue to manufacture the parts our customers need. We are continually adapting our internal procedures to meet the needs of the entire Vip family. Your safety is paramount and is our highest priority. 

           

          Customers

          We consider our customers to be part of our family. And as such, our hearts go out to anyone who is suffering, in any way, from this virus. As a company, we have implemented a stringent safety protocol to provide multiple layers of protection for our customers. Our commitment to consistently cleaning and sanitizing machines, materials, and workstations will help to eliminate potential risks. Also, our employees are adhering to procedures to keep everyone safe as they prepare, manufacture, and ship your products as scheduled. 

          The most effective way to minimize the risk of the virus’s transmission is to adhere to the idea of social distancing. We ask that our customers and employees postpone any nonessential on-site meetings, or move to a virtual platform. We have specific technology in place to meet your needs via phone, email, and video conferencing. If an in-person meeting is necessary, we have steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety. We ask that recent travel history be discussed, handshaking eliminated, and of course, handwashing, which is one of the most effective defenses against virus spread.

           

          Manufacturing

          We will continue to quote projects, receive new and repeat orders, and manufacture just like we have since 1961. We are in constant communication with our supply chain to stay ahead of any potential changes that may affect our manufacturing process. As of today, our vendors are operating at a high-level capacity. They are successfully responding to this fluid situation with strength and commitment. You can trust that Vip is manufacturing products as scheduled and shipping on time. 

           

          Vendors

          Our network of vendors is doing a remarkable job of providing Vip with the necessary materials and supplies needed to avoid any interruption in manufacturing. We are grateful to them for their consistency and dedication. Anyone delivering materials to Vip will follow the upgraded protocol in place, which includes handwashing and sanitizing when entering the premises. Soap, water, and sanitizing products are readily accessible at all points of entry, including shipping and receiving. We ask that on-site vendor interaction be limited as much as possible. Communication will remain a high priority as we use virtual platforms to stay connected.

           

          Employees

          Our employees are the heartbeat of our company, and we are doing everything we can to keep them safe and healthy. We believe in a calm, and rational response threaded with common sense and wisdom. We will follow the recommendations of the CDC internally by asking our employees to take their temperatures and refrain from coming to work if a fever, or cough, is present. All employees have access to handwashing stations and ample sanitizing products. Also, our offices are consistently being cleaned and disinfected to ensure a clean work environment. As a company, we will do everything possible to protect and support our employees.

           

          Outlook

          As this situation evolves, we will adapt. In our 60 years of manufacturing, we have weathered many storms, and we will do it again. Vip is a reliable and stable company that is ready to meet adversity with wisdom. In the words of Henry Ford, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” We are ready.

           

          More Information

          If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to contact us at team@viprubber.com or call 800-722-4847. Thank you for your continued business. We are in this together!

           

          Cindy LeClair

          VP Marketing

          Vip Rubber & Plastic Company

          • November 20, 2019
          • Cindy LeClair
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            • Plastic Cores: Precision Cut Tubing from Vip Rubber and Plastic

              Plastic Tubing Cores HDPE and PolypropolenePlastic cores are precision cut tubing with chamfered ends, burr-free cuts, and tight tolerances. They come in a choice of materials and sizes and can be produced in standard and custom lengths in a variety of colors. Plastic cores are extruded from thermoplastics, cut to size, and machined so that the ends have a smooth, clean finish. VIP Rubber and Plastic of La Habra, California (USA) extrudes, cuts, and machines plastic core tubing for a variety industries, including high-performance applications.

              Let’s take a look at the advantages of plastic core tubes and consider some available materials and sizes. Plastic core types and applications vary, but VIP combines its plastic extrusion capabilities with value-added services like custom printing, color matching, and custom packaging.   

              Plastic Core Advantages

              Plastic core tubing resists crushing and is moisture resistant and hygienic. It remains stable under humid conditions, resists most chemicals and solvents, and is seamless. During the extrusion process, anti-static agents can be added to ensure that plastic cores won’t become a voltage source. Compared to paper cores, plastic tubing can have thinner walls. Compared to fiber cores, there’s less dust contamination. VIP can also use recycled plastics for cores that support your green initiatives. 

              Plastic Core Materials and Sizes 

              Plastic tubing materials include HDPE, PP, ABS, and PVC. High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is strong and lightweight. Polypropylene (PP) resists cracking and stress, even when flexed. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) provides strong resistance to corrosive chemicals and physical impacts. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) combines abrasion resistance with mechanical strength. Three-inch plastic core is a common size, but VIP can also extrude cores smaller than 1/2” and up to 6” inside diameter.    

              Plastic Core Types and Applications

              Plastic extruded cores are used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and medical applications. With industrial brushes, bristles are stapled to plastic cores that attach to metal shafts for machine mounting. Plastic cores are also used in roller brushes for cleaning produce on conveyors. Along with extruded cores for produce cleaning and produce processing, examples of manufacturing-related products include tape cores, film cores, label cores, paint roller cores, and yarn cores.  Medical cores and clean room cores may require hygienic plastic materials. Plastic tubing can be flexible, but rigid plastic core is also available. 

              VIP is a plastic extruder that combines experience in converting cores with material selection assistance and value-added manufacturing. Are you ready to get started? Contact us to learn more about our capabilities, or get a quote for your project.

              • October 3, 2019
              • Cindy LeClair
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                • TLARGI’s Oktoberfest Event A Huge Success

                  Vip Wins The TLARGI Oktoberfest Booth Competition With "Fear Factor" Theme

                  Each year The Los Angeles Rubber Group Inc (TLARGI) hosts an Oktoberfest celebration. The highlight of this event is the themed booths that members create.

                  Vip Rubber Booth Oktoberfest TLARGI 2019

                  This year the Vip team put together a “Fear Factor” themed booth complete with secret black boxes containing unidentified objects.

                  Guests were brave enough to try and guess what was in the boxes, and we got some pretty great reactions. Suprise, shock, and laughter filled the faces of our guests. Everyone had a lot of fun.

                  Vip was awarded first prize for their creative, fun and interactive booth.

                  Check out some of the great reactions to the booth.

                  TLARGI is a fantastic organization that helps to bring companies in the rubber industry together.

                  • September 23, 2019
                  • Cindy LeClair
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                    • TPE vs. EPDM for Tough Shapes and Outdoor Environments

                      Compare TPE vs. EPDM for sealing and insulation. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) include TPV or thermoplastic vulcanizate for tough shapes and outdoor environments.

                       

                      Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber both provide sealing and insulation in outdoor environments. They can be molded into custom shapes or fabricated from sheets and extrusions made of sponge or solid materials. TPE and EPDM have many similar characteristics, including resistance to freshwater, saltwater, weather, ozone, and sunlight (UV). They also have good processing properties and support the use of adhesives. Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSA) are used with EPDM. Hot melt adhesives such as 3M hot melt tape are used with TPEs.

                      Increasingly, thermoplastic elastomers are replacing EPDM rubber for hard-to-achieve shapes that are subject to specific temperature and application conditions. By comparing TPE vs. EPDM in terms of material properties, product designers and engineers can make the right choice. Depending on the application, materials that meet specific standards may be needed. Ease-of-processing and recyclability are also considerations. Plus, it helps to partner with an experienced provider of rubber manufacturing and plastic manufacturing services that can offer expert advice about which type of TPE to consider. 

                      TPE vs. EPDM: Properties and Comparisons

                      TPEs are blends of plastic and rubber materials that have both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. That’s why they’re sometimes called thermoplastic rubber (TPR) instead. Like a thermoplastic, TPRs soften when heated but harden when cooled. Like an elastomer, they compress under stress but return to their original shape when this stress is released. Because there are different classes of thermoplastic rubbers, choosing a TPE or TPR also means selecting a specific type.

                      ISO 18064:2014 establishes six classes of TPEs based on their main ingredients.

                      • Styrenic block copolymers, TPS (TPE-s)
                      • Thermoplastic polyolefinelastomers, TPO (TPE-o)
                      • Thermoplastic Vulcanizates, TPV (TPE-v or TPV)
                      • Thermoplastic polyurethanes, TPU (TPU)
                      • Thermoplastic copolyester, TPC (TPE-E)
                      • Thermoplastic polyamides, TPA (TPE-A)
                      • Not classified thermoplastic elastomers, TPZ


                      TPEs are available in grades that can meet FDA, NSF, RoHS, UL 94, and other industry standards and regulatory requirements. EPDM also comes in grades that can meet standards and requirements, but EPDM rubber generally lacks the robust options of thermoplastic elastomers. Plus, EPDM can be vulcanized only once and is more labor-intensive to process. By contrast, TPEs can be recycled back into production.    

                      TPEs support a vibrant array of color matching options. EPDM rubber is available in fewer colors but provides greater abrasion resistance. EPDM also has a higher heat resistance than thermoplastic elastomers (160°C vs. 100°C). Compared to EPDM, however, TPEs offer greater design flexibility and lower fabrication costs for hard-to-achieve shapes. TPEs are also available in a wide array of hardness options (durometer) with good compression set.

                      Thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), a type of TPE, is especially notable because of its excellent low-temperature performance and resistance to oil and flex-fatigue. EPDM rubber can resist colder outdoor temperatures but won’t withstand petroleum products and doesn’t offer flex-fatigue resistance. In addition to industrial seals, TPVs are used in the automotive, HVAC, appliance, and building and construction industries.    

                      In the automotive industry, applications include hose coatings, gaskets, window gaskets, vibration absorbents, and components of firing mechanisms. With architecture and construction, these materials are used for ceiling and floor decoration as well as for window glazing profiles. Other applications include office equipment and elastomeric commodities in the medical and food sectors.     

                      TPE vs. EPDM: Make the Right Choice

                      Are you comparing TPE vs. EPDM for your next project? Vip Rubber & Plastic can help you with material selection, including which type of thermoplastic rubber to use. We can provide you with the sheets and extrusions that you need and can cut or mold products for you. You’ll like our custom compounding services, too.  Click here to request a quote, or contact us to learn more about the advantages of TPEs like TPV.  

                      • August 7, 2019
                      • VIP Rubber & Plastic
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                        • Dock Bumpers, Rubrails, and Dock Edging

                          Dock bumpers, rubrails and dock edging from Vip Rubber & Plastic help to protect and preserve your boat’s finish. These vinyl bumpers are white in color and made of a pre-dyed, heavy-duty, PVC plastic that won’t mar or mark the hull of your watercraft. Vip’s marine bumpers also offer excellent shock absorption for protecting not just your boat, but the dock itself. They resist sunlight and fungi, too.

                          Rubrails for Shock Absorption and Environmental Resistance

                          By absorbing energy from low-speed impacts, rubrails help keep your boat on the water instead of at the repair shop. These dock bumpers and dock edging have sturdy internal ribs for structural support and their P-shaped design supports ease-of-attachment. The benefits don’t end there either. Importantly, these vinyl rubrails retain their appearance and performance in marine environments.

                          Vip’s rubrails, dock bumpers and dock edging are made of a marine-grade compound with a special additive that inhibits the growth of fungi, organisms that can cause staining or discoloration. This vinyl material also includes an additive that imparts resistance to ultraviolet (UV) light, which is found in the sun’s rays. Without adequate UV resistance, PVC plastics can crack and exhibit a decrease in impact resistance. They can also lose their gloss, appear chalky, and exhibit “sunburn” or discoloration.

                          How to Buy Dock Bumpers and Dock Edging

                          Vip Rubber & Plastic sells PVC rubrails, dock bumpers, and dock edging in 10-ft. lengths that are packed 10 to a box. The minimum order quantity (MOQ) is 1,000 ft. and the lead time is one week for the P-shape rubrail that we have in stock. As always, we can custom manufacture any other shape you need. When requested, we will review the presented profile to adequately assess the time required to build the tool and run the first article. Click here to request a quote.

                          There is no color matching charge for white PVC dock bumpers, but we cannot combine colors for quantity pricing since each color requires its own setup. Our current product is the only style in-stock, but  Vip can create any shape or style that you need. We love doing both standard and custom jobs to meet your needs because that’s who we are. If you’re interested in other styles of marine bumpers, please contact us.

                          • July 3, 2019
                          • Vip Rubber & Plastic
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                            • Rubber & Plastic News Publishes Article On Vip’s Succession

                              Succession - Vip Rubber
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                                • Vip Nominated For Orange County Family Business Of The Year Award

                                  OC Business Journal Nominates Vip Rubber for family business of the yearFamily Business of the Year Nomination

                                  Since 1961, VIP Rubber and Plastic has been providing customers with more than just gasket cutting and splicing. As a family-owned business, we take pride in all that we do. Our founder, Howard Vipperman, Sr., and his wife, Bernardyne Vipperman, were partners who treated customers like friends and delivered the best possible product at the best possible price. 

                                  Bernardyne Campana and Cindy LeClair OCBJ Family Business AwardRecently, we were nominated by the Orange County Business Journal as the top family-owned businesses in Orange County, California. Deena (Bernardyne) Campana, our company’s new president, was joined by Vice President of Marketing Cindy LeClair, granddaughter of Howard Vipperman Sr., at the awards ceremony.

                                  We thank the OCBJ for this prestigious nomination.

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                                    • Nevada’s KOLO Channel 8 Features Vip Rubber & Plastic

                                      Made in Nevada

                                      Kolo Channel 8 Features Vip Rubber and Plastic Minden Nevada

                                      Vip Rubber and Plastic’s manufacturing facility in Minden, Nevada is also capturing headlines, as a recent profile on the website for KOLO Channel 8 ABC shows. The Nevada plant makes 48,000 pounds of rubber bumpers a year for the shopping carts used at Costco, Home Depot, and many other stores.

                                      Would you like to learn more about our family-owned business? Explore VIP’s website to learn more our history and how we’re prepared for an exciting future. To request a quote or for additional information, please contact us.

                                      • July 1, 2019
                                      • VIP Rubber & Plastic
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                                        • Nuclear Gasket Case Study

                                          Fabricating a nuclear gasket requires skill, speed, and a can-do attitude. When Vip Rubber and Plastic Nuclear Gasketa nuclear power company needed a spliced gasket quickly, Vip Rubber and Plastic answered the call. This request for assistance came during our plant shutdown at the height of the holiday season, but that didn’t stop our family-owned business from meeting a customer’s urgent need.

                                          Nuclear Gasket Needed Now

                                          Vip Rubber and Plastic’s plant in Orange County, California was closed for Christmas when Tom LeClair, Vice President of Sales, received a phone call at home. As the caller explained, a nuclear generating station in the southeastern United States urgently needed a new gasket. Tom reviewed the requirements, confirmed that Vip could deliver quickly, and trusted in our production team.

                                          Vip’s hard-working employees were ready to enjoy a week of rest but fired-up the plant and got to work. Our Rubber Extrusion Manager led the crew of four that produced the nuclear gasket. Another manager spliced the gasket himself. When the custom gasket was complete, the customer sent a car to pick it up and take it to the airport for shipment to the nuclear generating station.

                                          The elapsed time between the call to Tom LeClair and the customer pickup was just 12 hours. Vip prizes this accomplishment and the teamwork that was needed to meet this tight timetable. Our holiday celebrations were especially happy that year, and the time that employees enjoyed with their families must have been even sweeter.  If you are a defense company looking for rubber or plastic products, give us a call!