Manufacturing Custom Parts For Six Decades
My how time flies when you’re having fun! And we have been having fun.
For sixty years we have been able to create custom rubber and plastic parts for our customers in all industries, across the globe. As a family owned and operated company, we have had the opportunity to stay close to our roots while continuing to expand into new markets. We have connected our customers with parts that lend to their success, and those customers have also become our friends.
Vip was founded by Howard Winifred Vipperman in 1961 and began as a rubber manufacturing company. Over time, his son Howard Wayne Vipperman took the reins and successfully ran the company for several more decades. We have enjoyed becoming a more diverse company, adding plastic extrusion, molded rubber, rubber sheet, plastic pipe, tubing, and splicing to our list of capabilities. Also, stepping up our quality management system, we passed the AS9100 audit with flying colors and now work with the biggest names in aerospace and defense.
Despite our rapid growth, we still pride ourselves on treating customers well, being friendly and helpful, and continuing to manufacture exclusively in the Unites States of America.
Chairman of the board Howard Wayne Vipperman puts it this way, “Our company has been a family operation from the start. I am so blessed to have been here from the beginning. It is also pleasing to see the third and fourth generation taking an interest in the business”.
Kathy LeClair, chief financial officer, echoes her brother’s words saying, “We have always
considered our customers and employees to be part of our family. I have watched
get married, start families, and celebrate as their children go on to graduate high school and go to college. I’m so happy we have several generations of our own family and our employees, working for us now.”
Vip isn’t limited to just manufacturing either, we love to to support our community, sponsoring local sports teams and businesses, non-profit organizations and the US Armed Forces.
Cindy LeClair, VP of marketing, states “We have always supported our country, continuing to manufacture solely in the USA. Despite the challenges of competing with overseas markets and pricing, we continue to evolve because we will not compromise quality for profit. I am proud of our company’s ethical and honest treatment of our customers and their needs.”
Over the past sixty years, Vip has highly talented, knowledgeable, and wise employees on the team.
Recently, the leadership baton was been passed to the highly capable, newly installed, President
Bernardyne (Deena) Gillesepie. She understands she has big shoes to fill but is certainly up for the
challenge. “It is an honor and a privilege to be in a position to lead our company into
the next 60 years of existence,” Deena says. She continues on, “My heart and soul lie
in this legacy, and I’m so proud of everything we have made it through and
everything we have accomplished. We are a company filled with people that care,
care about our company and our country. We will continue to Proudly manufacture
right here in the United States of America for another 60 years and beyond.”
We want to express our sincerest appreciation to every single customer and employee who has come through our doors. Without you, we would not have reached this milestone.