• September 16, 2020
  • Cindy LeClair
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    • Thomas LeClair

      The Vip Family Has Lost A Great Man

      It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our VP of Sales, Tom LeClair.  On July 13, 2020, surrounded by family, Tom took his last breath. The loss is massive, and he will be greatly missed.

      Tom was our VP of Sales

      Tom LeClair

      Tom was the husband of Kathy LeClair, our CFO, and the daughter of Vip’s founder Howard Vipperman Senior. Tom met Kathy at a party and instantly fell in love. They married in March of 1968. Tom was deeply loved by his three daughters, had 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was devoted to his family, worked hard, and made everyone feel special.

      If you knew Tom, you know he was very charismatic and witty. He could always see the humor in situations and was very fun to be around.

      Tom was the VP of sales at Vip, and was such a talented salesman. His customers were his friends. He always did what was best for the customer rather than looking to make a profit. He was a relationship builder who ultimately brought in some of the largest accounts that Vip has. He was instrumental in the success of the company.

      Tom has left a void that can never be filled, but he will forever be remembered. His imprint on Vip is woven into the foundation of the company. We were fortunate to have with us for so long.

      Tom Was Also.... My Dad

      Tom and Cindy

      On a more personal note, Tom was not only an employee, but he was also my dad.

      As you know, Vip is family-owned and operated. Part of the second generation of leadership, my dad helped our business thrive and provided us (the third generation) with a legacy to continue.

      Dad loved my two sisters and me with all of his heart, and we certainly felt the same about him. He was always there for us girls and even attempted to put our hair in ponytails a few times. That didn’t work so well! He managed to make it through raising three teenage girls and somehow came out still sane. That’s no easy feat!

      Tom Kathy LeClair Vip Rubber

      His one true love was my mom. He respected her and knew he had a good woman by his side. Every day at 11:30am, he would walk downstairs to my mom’s office at Vip and take her out to lunch. He enjoyed spending time with her, she was a huge part of his world. It was adorable to watch.

      An avid golfer, my dad was often found on the golf course – and he was a good player! I remember playing with him and being frustrated because, well, I am not a good player. He said, “Cindy, don’t keep score, it will be more fun for you.” He was so right. I have not kept score since. I’m still not very good, but I have a lot more fun.

      And, fitting for his silly personality, if anyone called and got his voicemail, it said, “I can’t answer the phone, but I assure you I am not on the golf course.” And, of course, we all knew where he was. His sense of humor was great.

      A True USC Football Fan

      LeClair Family USC

      My dad loved many things but was REALLY passionate about USC Football. In fact, he was often referred to as “Tommy Trojan”.

      Dad either watched or attended all of the games. He and my mom often traveled around the country to be there for the away games. His collection of USC memorabilia is vast. There is an entire game room at my parent’s house devoted to USC with matching curtains and all!

      Everyone knew not to make other plans during a USC game. His team spirit and love for the game brought our family closer. We are all USC fans and have had so much fun watching together.

      Germen Shepard Rescue Support

      When my dad was in the Army, he trained German Shepard dogs. They were his favorite breed.

      He was very active with the Orange County German Shepard Rescue, helping many dogs find homes. An extremely generous man, he certainly brought a lot of great things to this organization.

      Honoring Tom

      Many people have asked how they can support our family and honor Tom during this time. I know my dad would be thrilled to know the German Shepard Rescue continued to benefit in his absence. We have created a fundraiser in his honor, and you are welcome to join in if you feel led to do so.

      The fundraiser is on the Facebook page of my sister Stacey. You can access it via the link below.

      If you prefer to send a check, they can be mailed to

      German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
      120 Tustin Avenue Suite C-1111
      Newport Beach, CA 92663
      *In memory of Thomas LeClair

      Losing a father is so difficult, and it has taken me several months to be able to write this post. I am sure many of you can relate. But, without grief, we would never get to experience joy. My family and I will cherish his memory, and he will live on in our hearts.

      As we continue on as a company and a family, we will echo the famous words of the USC Trojans….. We will “Fight On!”

      Please feel free to leave a comment on this post, we would certainly love to hear from you. We love to hear stories from customers who knew him, and just hear from our customers, vendors and friends in general. You are also part of our family.

      Cindy LeClair Vip Rubber and Plastic Company

      Cindy LeClair is the Vice President of Marketing at Vip Rubber and Plastic Company
      Proud to be a part of the third generation of family ownership, Cindy and has over 12 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. She is passionate about helping others and aims to educate and connect customers with the right resources.
      If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to reach out. cindy@viprubber.com

      • 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

          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
          • Cindy LeClair
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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. 



              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.



              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. 



              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.



              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.



              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
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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
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                                • Rubber & Plastic News Publishes Article On Vip’s Succession

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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.