Aarubco Rubber Company Inc. -CELEBRATES 50 YEARS in business

Aarubco Rubber Company Inc. a New Jersey manufacturer of specialty belting proudly celebrates 50 years doing business

As a member of NIBA for 18 years Aarubco looks to share it's knowledge & experience as a leader in seamless covered belting

with it's membered distributors. We are a second generation company with a third on board. Our success and longevity has been

the result of the talented and motivated employees that provide the highest quality product in the industry. We take great pride

in our staff teaming with NIBA as we look forward to the future.

Rulmeca Corporation Expands Staff and Obtains NSF Certification

Rulmeca Corporation is proud to announce the NSF/ANSI 3-A 14159-1 - 2014 certification for their unit handling family of motorized pulleys. Rulmeca Motorized Pulleys in 80LS, 113LS, 138LS and 165LS assembled in Wilmington NC now have the option of coming with the NSF stamp for NSF/ANSI 3-A 14159-1 - 2014. Please contact us for more information at or 910-794-9294.

We are also pleased to announce the newest addition to our team. Jason Meyer has been appointed Product Manager for Rulmeca Corporation in Wilmington, NC. Jason's experience and knowledge will help Rulmeca Corporation further support our customers in the unit handling industry.

Interroll solutions for the food industry take center stage at IPPE 2017

Interroll, supplier of material handling equipment and systems, presented its latest lineup of hygienic, energy-saving solutions for the food industry to meat and poultry processing professionals at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta at the end of January 2017. Among the products on display was the Interroll Drum Motor, which helps meat and poultry processing companies avoid costly recalls due to food contamination.
Unlike traditional gear motors and other types of motors, the Interroll Drum Motor was designed in strict accordance with USDA, FDA and NSF guidelines. Compatible with virtually every belt, the Interroll Drum Motor is simply the most hygienic and energy efficient belt drive on the market.

Manufacturer Hospitality Space Available Now!


It's time to plan for your onsite event space at the 2017 NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit. Manufacturers seeking large or unique spaces are encouraged to plan ahead and book ASAP.

As a reminder: All event space arrangements are made directly through the hotel.

Gabrielle Wellner, Event Manager
Phone: 954-602-8532

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2017 NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit


The room block for the joint industry summit is now open!

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2017 NIBA Scholarships Now Open

This Benefit is for all your employees. Please pass the information along to your H.R. department and promote across other outlets such as newsletters and social media.

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Save up to $1,000 on 2017 UID Registration!

NIBA belongs to the Association of Education Alliance (AEA) to pass along valuable member benefits to YOU! Through the AEA NIBA co-sponsors the University of Innovative Distribution (UID) a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Attendees receive an official Letter of Completion issued by the Purdue University awarding 30 hours (3 CEUs – Continuing Education Units) for satisfactory completion of this four-day UID program held March 5-8, 2017  at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, IN.

NIBA members registering by January 11th receive a
$1,000 discount! Sign up now for these incredible savings!

Jan 11– $1,095 Early Bird Registration  ($1,295 after 1/11/17)
Feb 13 – Hotel Reservation and Cancellation Deadline
Feb 17 – Registration Deadline
Mar 5-8 – University of Innovative Distribution (UID)

December 2016 Belt Line

The December Issue of the NIBA Belt Line is now available. In this issue:

  • 2017  NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit
  • UID 2017
  • New NIBA President's Club Members
  • Membership Renewal Reminder
  • SBLC Legislative Report
  • and more! 

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Incline Equity Partners Invests in Midwest Industrial Rubber, Inc.

Incline Equity Partners, a private equity firm, announced the acquisition of Midwest Industrial Rubber, Inc. (“MIR”), a leading value-added supplier of lightweight conveyor belting and related components.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, MIR specializes in custom design, engineering and fabrication for mission critical belting applications. MIR’s highly differentiated service offering is recognized for its best-in-class quality and superior technical capabilities.

“We were looking for a partner that understood our business and our industry,” said Mike Bruhn, CEO of MIR. “We are well-positioned for multiple avenues of growth. Incline has a history of helping companies like ours prioritize and plan growth initiatives. That experience should allow us to grow faster and expand our national footprint.”

View the entire press release here.

ISO AND OHSAS Certification

VYSISA is proud to announce that on last August we have certified our Quality an Health and Safety Management Systems in accordance to the ISO 9001:2008 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards. The certifications stand for the activities of commercialization, splicing, maintenance and repair of conveyor belts and accesories, and Surface protection application against wear due to abrasión, impact, caking and corrosion carried out in our Head Offices, Distribution Center, Tepeaca and Penasquito workshop. We thank all our team members for their compromise and hard work to get these certifications.

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MaxBelt appoints Executive VP

07 June 2016
Rodrigo Lequerica, former Commercial Director at LATAM, has been appointed Executive Vice President at MaxBelt of America Corp based at Orlando FL.
Eng. Lequerica BSEE, leads the startup & development of the US continental markets for MAXBELT headquartered in Brazil; as an inside corporate entrepreneur his task is to develop a network of representatives in the US major metro areas.
Maxbelt produces conveyor and elevator belting used in Bulk Material Handling on the mining, cement, wood & paper, and agro-industry.

Formerly, Mr Lequerica was Commercial Director for Eymaq, a trader company exporting from Miami to Latin America, focusing in the Mining Equipment & Industrial Machinery business: Capex, Opex, MRO; Responsible for marketing, sales and supply chain operations and LATAM, country managers: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Rep & Caribbean, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico bringing revenues Ranking on eight figures.

Lequerica with 30 years’ experience, developed business with global clients as: Barrick, Tahoe, BHP Billiton-Cerromatoso & Cerrejon, Votorantim-Acerías Paz del Rio, Argos, Cemex, Holcim, Prodeco-Glencore, Hocol-Shell, Cabot, Gerdau-Diaco, Yara-Abocol, Pacific Rubiales, Antamina-BHP Billiton & Anglo Swiss Glencore plc, Cerro Verde-Sumitomo, Yanacocha-Newmont, Minsur-Brescia, Volcan, El Brocal-Buenaventura among others.

Mr Lequerica international background in industrial equipment sales & marketing, includes positions as VP at Latam Agent; Market Manager at North American Hoganas; Mercosur Sales Manager at Biofilm; Steel, Coal and Ferroalloys Deputy Manager in Mitsubishi Corp; General Manager at Sew Eurodrive GmbH Gearmotors; Commercial Director at Varta AG Batteries and Sales Coordinator at Owens Illinois-Peldar.
In all of these global corporations Lequerica developed new roles and markets, as a corporate integrated entrepreneur.

New notching capabuility

Beha Innovation in Glottertal Germany has invested in new notching equipment to provide high quality V guides with uniform notching. The Behabelt PU70A transparent v guide material is made of a special urethane recipe that allows it to stick to both PVC and PU base belts with little or no belt preparation. Now this industry leading guide is available with or without notches from stock in Chicago, IL. Contact 630-521- 9835 for pricing or samples





Eliminate the need to weld with Eagle SureConnect™

Eagle SureConnect is a patent pending connector and polyurethane belting system that is made to length simply by twisting the threaded connector into the matching belt.
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Unlike welding, Eagle SureConnect provides a strong, consistent, SURE connection every time. No need to worry about improper welds that can lead to premature belt failure.
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Polyurethane belt welding requires training and practice to master. Eagle SureConnect eliminates welding and is made endless in minutes.
Best of all, the performance of Eagle SureConnect allows it to be a drop-in replacement for an equivalent welded belt, making it perfect for most conveying applications!
For a video demo of the Eagle SureConnect installation process, visit


ICE-Trade® sprl celebrated its 15th Anniversary September 12-2016.
We sincerely thank, for the confidence and good collaboration over the years,
our Customers, the Exclusive Partner Flexco, business Friends, Suppliers and
not to forget the complete ICE-Trade Team, the capital of our company.
We look forward, for the future, to continuing the mutual collaboration and success.
Again, many Thanks to All !


ICE-Trade Production moved to her new Production Facilities in the middle of July 2016.

The complete concept of the ICE-Trade Production building is based on a very low CO2 footprint : an ecological heating system in the winter by means of wood pellets, a separate ventilation system for production and offices with recuperation of the heath, an insulation system from Rockwool, triple glass for the offices and double in the production.

Actually the building features one gantry crane with a capacity of 5 MT. but the construction allows that we can still add a second. The floor in the production is made for weights till 15 MT /m².

In the office part the stairs, office desks and all the lamps were designed by WP and produced in-house.

The ground surface is 1000 m² (10,760 ft²) with 700 m² production and around 600 m² offices and space for the production staff. The property is 6010 m².

With the new premises we will be able to work more efficient and the environment for the production staff is also far better than before.

Convention Highlights

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September 2016 Belt Line

The September Issue of the NIBA Belt Line is now available. In this issue:

  • Driving for Success at the 2016 Annual Convention 
  • Things to do in Indianapolis 
  • NIBA Receptions Info
  • NIBA Guidebook App
  • Golf Outing Sponsorship
  • October 3T Seminar
  • and more!​

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Reveyron SAS

Reveyron SAS celebrates its 90th anniversary of business success (1926-2016). They would like to thank all their customers for trusting them and making Reveyron a leading manufacturer of polyurethane conveyor belts. Please contact them to get some birthday goodies:

Motion Industries

Shuster Corporation, provider of bearings and power transmission products, and a division of Motion Industries, is celebrating its 100th anniversary – a rare event in today's industry climate. Shuster is based in New Bedford, MA.

Motion Industries, Inc.

Motion Industries, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Colmar Belting Company. The closing of the transaction occurred May 1, 2016. Colmar Belting Company is a regional distributor focused primarily on power transmission and belting sales and service based in South Boston, Massachusetts. Their offerings include material handling related products such as conveyor belting, idlers and pulleys, as well as a wide spectrum of custom belt services such as slitting, fastening, and vulcanizing. In business since 1933, Colmar serves the needs of numerous industries including aggregate, manufacturing, food processing, HVAC and recycling. Colmar Belting will continue operations under its existing management team in all locations.

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS)

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS), a division of Hyde Tools, Inc., today announced the acquisition of two manufacturing firms to bolster the company’s offerings in the plastics and tire and rubber marketplaces. D&S Manufacturing and PDK Design & Grinding, both of Auburn, MA, will become part of the Hyde Group of companies. D&S Manufacturing has specialized in the manufacturing of high-chrome alloy tool steel granulator and shredder and recycling knives used to break down plastic material for more than 70 years. For over 85 years, PDK Design & Grinding has been a leader in the manufacturing of tungsten carbide rotor knives and bed knives for pelletizing plastic before being converted to a final product. Both firms also offer grinding services for the re-sharpening of their respective knives and blades. According to Hyde, there will be no immediate or outwardly apparent changes for D&S and PDK customers. Sales, service support, ordering and engineering contacts will remain the same at both companies.


A few spots still remain for the Flexco BCP Training School. Held July 25-27, 2016, the school reviews common belt conveyor maintenance issues such as carryback, spillage, and mistracking, while looking at safe solutions to help increase uptime and make your belt conveyor system more productive. For more information on this session, as well as the others that are offered, log on to

BMG Conveyor Services

The University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association honored the 2016 USF Fast 56 – the fastest growing USF alumni owned or led businesses in the world – on Friday, April 29, in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom and Oval Theater at USF Tampa. BMG Conveyor Services is one of 56 USF Bull-owned or led businesses inducted into the 2016 USF Fast 56 by USF System President Judy Genshaft and USF Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair Betty Otter-Nickerson. To be considered for the USF Fast 56 program, an organization must have been in business for at least three years, have revenues of $250,000 or more for the most recent 12-month period, and be owned or led by a University of South Florida alumnus.


ASGCO® “Complete Conveyor Solutions” headquartered in Allentown, PA is celebrating its’ 45th anniversary, providing the highest quality bulk material handling products and services. ASGCO® has grown from the original vision of its founder and namesake, Alfred S. Gibbs to become a leading manufacturer of proprietary bulk conveyor components and accessories that enhance material flow performance. Founded in 1971 by Alfred and his son Todd Gibbs, ASGCO® believes in taking care of the customer with great quality products and exceptional service. This has been a successful and standard policy at ASGCO® for many years and has flourished under the guidance of third generation President, Aaron S. Gibbs. The growth of the company over the years is due to recognized improvements in the productivity of client operations. That’s because, no matter what the assignment, the team of experts at ASGCO® always seek out ways to increase production and to reduce operating costs at bulk handling facilities worldwide. For more information: or contact ASGCO at 800-344-4000 or


The special book from NILOS GmbH & Co. KG with the title “Conveyor Belts Practical Knowledge – Know How & Know Why” gives all conveyor belt users an interesting insight into the production of conveyor belts and a comprehensive practical representation of interconnected topics. Summarised and introduced are technologies and knowledge of excellent experts and enterprises as well as procedures to the state of the corresponding technology. This book is for students of conveyor technology, plant engineers, project planner, vulcanizers, belt assemblers, technical businessmen

Motion Industries

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts, announced the relaunch of its knowledge website: Originally launched in 2010 to offer guidance regarding EISA legislation, The Motor Specialist website now offers expanded resources covering the latest information and innovations in the electrical motor industry. Site visitors are invited to access a wide array of electrical motor content, including articles, videos, white papers, training materials and more.

Motion Industries

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts, announced the launch of its new knowledge website: Designed as an information hub, offers valuable resources to professionals about the latest bearings-related news and applications. Site visitors have access to a wide array of content on the subject – including articles, videos, white papers, training materials and more.


In September, ASGCO® “Complete Conveyor Solutions” is participating in MINEXPO International 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The show runs from September 26-28 and they will be exhibiting at Booth #1963 (North Hall). Visit them there to see their products and to learn how they can make your conveyors run safer, more efficient and more productive!

Advanced Flexible Composites

Advanced Flexible Composites recently unveiled its corporate video. This video showcases AFC’s wide range of capabilities to produce flexible, high performance fabrics and tapes for non-stick, high temperature applications. The video highlights AFC’s history of providing cost effective, innovative solutions to help its business partners keep production moving. By collaborating with its partners, AFC has been able to develop valuable solution to respond to their partners’ needs and requirements. The video can be viewed at

Motion Industries

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), announced the creation of the Renewable Energy segment initiative. In order to better support its customers in the renewable energy sector, Motion Industries created this segment emphasis to provide dedicated resources to support those customers' MRO needs. Motion will expand its services with its current vendor and customer relationships, and will be investigating the potential to partner with prospective companies where synergies can be formed in order to bring a higher value to the customer's operations.

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS)

A new ergonomically-designed hand knife designed for cutting flooring, plastics, leather or rubber belting is now available from Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS). The Hyde Quarter-Moon Hand Knife is a highly versatile tool at your side in your factory or in the field. Designed with a rugged, soft-grip handle with a no-slip texture for a surer grip, the Hyde Quarter-Moon Knife has a blade made of durable 1095 high-carbon steel to hold an edge longer than comparable knives made of lesser steels. The back edge of the knife is “safe” (not sharp) to help prevent cuts and nicks to the hand. Also, this hand knife can be re-sharpened for years of use.


Flexco Segmented Transfer Plates are designed to cover the gap between conveyors that are positioned end-to-end, end-to-chute, or end-to-other conveyor structure. Available for belt widths up to 60”, the transfer plates protect packages and other products from damage, while preventing belt tears and other damage from lodged foreign objects. Paired segments, designed to be easily removed for maintenance, are available to accommodate gap widths from 4-10 inches.


Available for belt widths up to 72”, the Flexco Hitch Guard prevents foreign objects from becoming lodged between the conveyor belts at the hitch, which can cause longitudinal conveyor belt tears and damage to the products being conveyed. When under the pressure of trapped objects, the individual segments will release from the support bar to prevent belt damage, while remaining segments stay in place and continue to protect the hitch and the conveyed product.


Flexco recently introduced the PTEZ™ Belt Trainer - another high-performance tracking idler – to its robust line of belt trainers. Designed with the Flexco “Pivot and Tilt” feature, the new PTEZ belt trainer may be used in any application that requires tracking to prevent damage to the belt or conveyor structure, including single-direction and reversing belts.


Flexco Modular Impact Beds are engineered with maximum capacity in mind, while ensuring full containment. The modular beds are designed with universal components that offer effective and affordable load zone protection and feature a 2’ (600 mm) sectional design, which allows the user to choose the layout of their load zone, depending on application-specific performance requirements.


ASGCO®'s Retractable Razor-Back® System with Split Block Spring-Shoc™ is an advanced secondary belt cleaning system that allows for safe access and service from outside the chute! This innovative patent pending design prevents the dangers of working inside the conveyor or breaking the plane of the conveyor, keeping workers out of harm’s way. This greatly reduces downtime and eliminates the need for confined space permits. Our engineering department has listened to the feedback from our customers and has delivered a product with all of the cleaning efficiency of our patented Razor-Back® cleaners, while allowing for safe, access and ease of maintenance. Ideal for Coal Fired Power Plants, Hard Rock Mining, Steel Mills, Iron Ore, Aggregate and Mineral (Phosphate, Potash, Salt) Mining.

PRC Industrial Supply, R/W Connection and Virginia Carolina Belting

Singer Equities - parent company of PRC Industrial Supply, R/W Connection and Virginia Carolina Belting - is pleased to announce the appointment of Pete Haberbosch as a group Vice President of Singer Equities. Haberbosch joined the organization in 2014 as VP/GM of Singer’s Hampton Rubber business unit and has recently assumed an expanded role as VP/GM of the Summers Rubber platform as well. Pete Haberbosch came to the Singer organization with 21 years industry experience in fluid power, industrial rubber and power transmission products with a mechanical engineering degree. He spent eleven years with the Gates Rubber Company as a District Sales Manager, National Accounts Manager, Regional Sales Manager in the Northeastern U.S. and ultimately Director of the Gates Performance Group. Thereafter over the next five years, Pete expanded his work experience globally as Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Fenner Precision and later in the same capacity at Fenner Drives headquartered in the Lancaster, PA area.

Regional Conveyor Services Inc

Matt Morrison has joined Regional Conveyor Services Inc as an Outside Sales Representative.

Motion Industries

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts, is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Stoneburner as Corporate Account Vice President – Industry Segments. In his new role, Mr. Stoneburner will help expand the company's existing Industry Segment focus to leverage identified areas of growth opportunity. A graduate of Xavier University (MBA) and Ohio University (BSBA), Mr. Stoneburner brings with him a wealth of experience in a 33-plus year career focused primarily in distribution. He has worked in various branch sales and sales management roles, and has held positions in product management, marketing, and systems integration (ERP). He most recently led sales and marketing efforts on the manufacturing side of the business.

IBT Industrial Solutions

IBT Industrial Solutions announced that Jeff Cloud will take over as the new Vice President of Marketing. In his new role as Vice President of Marketing, Cloud will manage all business groups—plus all marketing communications, including: strategic market planning, e-commerce strategy, supplier rationalization, and sales support. He will also serve on IBT’s Executive Committee. In addition to overseeing IBT’s product and service positioning programs, Cloud will also work closely with other leaders in the organization to develop and deploy short- and long-term strategic plans designed to enhance IBT’s unique value proposition.


Flexco recently unveiled an expanded training facility dedicated to the education of its customers and employees. The expanded Training Center features hands-on and classroom training on mechanical fastener offerings from Flexco. The interactive learning area boasts over 50% more usable space than the previous center, and combines hands-on application and classroom instruction with state-of-the-art training technology.

BMG Conveyor Services

BMG Conveyor Services, a member of the Tampa Bay business community since 1970, recently expanded operations and inventory capacity by adding a second location. The new property, which is across the street from the company’s headquarters near the Port of Tampa, adds an immediate 23,000 square feet and 4 acres to the company’s physical footprint, with space available to double warehouse facilities in the future. The property acquisition closed in mid-December 2015; by early January 2016 crews were building out the facility for BMG’s fabrication department. This included upgrading the electrical system with full 480 volt three-phase power service, upgrading to a 200-ton press brake, and adding a CNC machine. These and other improvements took about 30 days to implement; by early February, work was complete and the new location was fully operational.


ASGCO® “Complete Conveyor Solutions” is proud to announce their 28,000 square-foot facility on a twelve-acre campus in Nazareth, PA. ASGCO®’s new facility can provide engineering and fabrication of your components in the shortest time possible. This state of the art manufacturing center houses all fabrication equipment under one roof allowing ASGCO® to produce high-end precision products for their clients, while delivering everything needed to maintain or expand virtually any bulk handling conveyor system. Our new fabrication facility is outfitted with CNC Laser and Plasma cutting tables, a CNC Press Brake, CNC Machining Center, CNC lathe, and much more, enabling ASGCO® to process customer orders with greater precision and better lead-times. The new facility also houses a new powder coating bay and custom epoxy finishing bay.

Reichel-Korfmann Company Inc

Reichel-Korfmann Company, Inc. (a.k.a. RK Rubber), a 116 year old rubber fabrication facility is proud of its new baby—the ALMEX heavyweight UBR press. The sectional vulcanizing press is one of the most advanced vulcanizers in the world, featuring the High Tensile Restraint (HTR) system. RK Rubber continues to see growth in fabricated rubber products and services due to excellent customer relationships. They have both long term clients and have seen an uptick in new business.

IBT Industrial Solutions announces Jeff Cloud new Vice President of Marketing

IBT Industrial Solutions announced that Jeff Cloud will take over as the new Vice President of Marketing. In his new role as Vice President of Marketing, Cloud will manage all business groups—plus all marketing communications, including: strategic market planning, e-commerce strategy, supplier rationalization, and sales support. He will also serve on IBT’s Executive Committee. In addition to overseeing IBT’s product and service positioning programs, Cloud will also work closely with other leaders in the organization to develop and deploy short- and long-term strategic plans designed to enhance IBT’s unique value proposition.

June Belt Line

The June Issue of the NIBA Belt Line is now available. In this issue:

  • Driving for Success at the 2016 Annual Convention
  • Nylon Core/Aramid Belts in the Folded Carton Industry
  • 2016 Directory Updates
  • NIBA Memorial Scholarship Winners
  • Member to Member News
  • and more!

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June Newsblast

The June Newsblast is now available!

In This Issue

  • Convention Registration Now Open
  • Host a Technical Seminar
  • Expo - Early Bird Deadline 7/1
  • Gem Levels

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Convention Registration Now Open

We are DRIVING FOR SUCCESS this year, as we gather in the city that plays host to the greatest spectacle in racing history, the Indy 500. Networking Day on Thursday offers so many opportunities–there is something for everyone. Convention events will take you from the heart of the racing world to the lush greenspace of White River State Park. The Convention will again culminate with the popular Expo and conclude with NIBA’s very first concert by Indy native Josh Kaufmann.

Remember, first time attendees are eligible to win free registration!  The early bird deadline is August 15th.

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MaxBelt appoints Executive VP

07 June 2016
Rodrigo Lequerica, former Commercial Director at LATAM, has been appointed Executive Vice President at MaxBelt of America Corp based at Orlando FL.
Eng. Lequerica BSEE, leads the startup & development of the US continental markets for MAXBELT headquartered in Brazil; as an inside corporate entrepreneur his task is to develop a network of representatives in the US major metro areas.
Maxbelt produces conveyor and elevator belting used in Bulk Material Handling on the mining, cement, wood & paper, and agro-industry.

Formerly, Mr Lequerica was Commercial Director for Eymaq, a trader company exporting from Miami to Latin America, focusing in the Mining Equipment & Industrial Machinery business: Capex, Opex, MRO; Responsible for marketing, sales and supply chain operations and LATAM, country managers: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Dominican Rep & Caribbean, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and Mexico bringing revenues Ranking on eight figures.

Lequerica with 30 years’ experience, developed business with global clients as: Barrick, Tahoe, BHP Billiton-Cerromatoso & Cerrejon, Votorantim-Acerías Paz del Rio, Argos, Cemex, Holcim, Prodeco-Glencore, Hocol-Shell, Cabot, Gerdau-Diaco, Yara-Abocol, Pacific Rubiales, Antamina-BHP Billiton & Anglo Swiss Glencore plc, Cerro Verde-Sumitomo, Yanacocha-Newmont, Minsur-Brescia, Volcan, El Brocal-Buenaventura among others.

Mr Lequerica international background in industrial equipment sales & marketing, includes positions as VP at Latam Agent; Market Manager at North American Hoganas; Mercosur Sales Manager at Biofilm; Steel, Coal and Ferroalloys Deputy Manager in Mitsubishi Corp; General Manager at Sew Eurodrive GmbH Gearmotors; Commercial Director at Varta AG Batteries and Sales Coordinator at Owens Illinois-Peldar.
In all of these global corporations Lequerica developed new roles and markets, as a corporate integrated entrepreneur.

Green Rubber-Kennedy Ag

Green Rubber-Kennedy Ag would
like to announce that Steve Gulick
will be assuming responsibilities as
Sales Manager,. Steve is a 20-year,
trusted member of the Green RubberKennedy
Ag family, who has significant
experience in outside and inside
sales. Steve will be transitioning out
of his current position as Purchasing
Manager. We believe Steve’s experience
and extensive knowledge of the
people, products, systems, and culture of the company will
give him a significant advantage in filling a big void in our
organization, and will contribute to our growth initiatives in
the future. 

Flexco New Personel

Xavier Velazquez, Tricia Roloff, Mike Hesslau, and Patrick
Dirvin recently joined the Flexco team as Territory Sales
Flexco recently appointed Tammy Balogh Vice President
of Human Re

Shingle Belting News March, 2016

Shingle Belting has received FDA approval for its line of PVC v-guides for contact with dry, solid foods and aqueous and fatty foods. These v-guides are produced in a 75 ShA PVC resin with excellent flexibility and shear resistance. Shingle v-guide sizes range from K5 to K22 in solid and notched. Custom sizes are available. In order to meet the ever-changing regulatory requirements in the food industry, Shingle Belting has received BSE-TSE certification for its Polyflex S products.

Richwood Industries

Smithers Quality Assessments has certified the Quality Management System at Richwood Industries as ISO 9001:2008. This certification applies to the design and manufacture of conveyor accessories for a variety of industries. Original approval was complete in November, 2015. The certificate 9001:2008 is a quality management system with specific standards and requirements. There are eight core principles to the system: 1. Improved consistency and traceability 2. Enhanced customer focus 3. Focused leadership 4. Involvement of people 5. A system approach to management 6. Continual improvement 7. A factual approach to decision making 8. Mutually beneficial supplier relationships.

RAM Enterprise, Inc.

On February 11, 1991, Richard A. Milroy formed RAM Enterprise, Inc. when he purchased three truckloads of used conveyor belt from a Nevada mining company and re-sold it to distributors and end-user customers. A lot has changed in the 25 years since then. RAM has gone from a company with one used pickup truck, a home-made trailer and a 12’x 20’ storage unit to a company that employs over 150 people working in four service centers in three states and two foreign countries with a geographical focus on the Intermountain West. RAM’s safety culture has resulted in over 1.4 million man hours (over 3-1/2 years) worked without a lost time incident. In addition to conveyor service, RAM also offers service in these areas: process maintenance, coating and lining, fabrication, electrical, industrial construction and structural engineering. RAM focuses on the mining, power generation, aggregate and food processing sectors.

Nitta Corporation

It is with great pleasure to announce Nitta Corporation of Japan has purchased Connect Conveyor Belting Inc. of Milton Ontario effective March 1, 2016. We are excited about this acquisition as it will strengthen our core product lines and improve our service through efficiencies. It will make us more competitive in this global market. For many years, Connect Conveyor Belting Inc. and Nitta Corporation have had a very strong close relationship. Connect’s unique products fit very well with Nitta’s global platform. Connect Conveyor Belting Inc. has been providing belting and roller solutions to the North American market place for over 24 years. Nitta Corporation has built a global company over 130 years through the founding philosophy of invention, innovation and harmony. Their core principles are all driven by the desire to provide the best service, quality and products to the market.

Midwest Rubber Service & Supply

How2Media, the producers of the television show “World’s Greatest!...”, selected Midwest Rubber Service & Supply to be a part of the popular television series. The episode aired this past September and is now available to view on the Midwest Rubber website: “Still extremely innovative after 40 years; Midwest Rubber Service & Supply completed a nine-month long, in-house contest to develop new and innovate ways to improve their company, which manufactures, fabricates and distributes high-quality rubber products. Out of the contest came 1,185 ideas, over 700 of which have already been implemented. We thought their story would be meaningful as well as very educational and entertaining to our viewers” said Gordon Freeman, Executive Producer of the show. As part of the show, How2Media sent a film crew to spend time at the company’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Plymouth, Minnesota, to get the story behind the story on this great and growing company, and to show the “World’s Greatest!...” viewers why Midwest Rubber Service & Supply was selected as the best in their category, and therefore featured on the show.


Flexco recently unveiled the online portion of Flexco University. Located at, the online training tool features three levels of courses, online quizzes, and the ability to manage online training groups. Flexco University features a three-part curriculum that includes on-site and in-class training, combined with online instruction for a well-rounded learning experience. Flexco is proud to announce that it has been selected as one the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in the country by The National Association for Business Resources (NABR). In the past, Flexco has made regional lists, but this is the first time Flexco has been recognized nationally by NABR. Flexco locations in Downers Grove, Ill., Woodridge, Ill., and Grand Rapids, Mich. were included in the award selection.

Apache Inc

Apache Inc announced the company’s acquisition of Pacific Belting Inc. in Portland, Oregon. As part of its on-going growth initiative, the acquisition will increase the Company’s reach and enhance its ability to serve customers in the western United States and Canada. Known and respected through his long tenure, Ken Crain is widely recognized for his knowledge and expertise in the belting industry, and is known as one of the pioneers of the hot-bonded vulcanization technique that is frequently used in sidewall belt construction. Ken will remain with the company through the transition of ownership. Jason Crain will remain with the Company in the role of General Manager – West Coast Operations.

Motion Industries New Promotions March, 2016

Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts has launched its first online Pneumatics Catalog. With the needs of its customer base in mind, Motion created this catalog by starting with its broad pneumatic product offering and narrowing it down to just over 1,800 commonly ordered items organized into 13 subcategories – so customers can easily and quickly select what they need.

Shingle Belting

Shingle Belting has expanded its line of highly abrasion resistant Gray Nycor products to include the 030 and 050 rubber thicknesses with belts such as SG333XG/XG and SG355 XG/ XG. This is in addition to the very successful 010 rubber used in SG311 XG/XG. The Gray Nycor rubber is ideal for tube winder belts and other Nycor applications where abrasion resistance is a major concern

Flexco New Products March, 2016

The Flexco FSK™ Heavy-Duty Belt Skiver is now available with your choice of fence material. The existing plastic fence is ideal for belt shops, where the skive width is variable and can be adjusted with a simple turn of a screw. The newlyoffered metal fence is perfect for environments in which a consistent, repeat skive is important. A new XL FSK Skiver is also available, capable of skiving belts between 7/8” (22.5 mm) and 1-3/4” (44.5 mm) thick.

Behabelt USA

Behabelt USA has added a new stock item to the FB750 series of homogeneous flat belt items. The product number is FBFJ750X16LF. It is a 1.6mm thick PU80A Ultra Marine blue belt with a nipple top and a friction surface bottom. It is made from special hydrolysis resistant Polyurethane material for heavy wash down applications in the food industry. The nipples are rounded so they provide grip when transferring delicate products without harming them.

Universal Belting Resource

Universal Belting Resource has seen fantastic growth thanks to a prospering and growing distribution network. To support the growth, UBR has recently made a significant expansion to their Carmichaels Pa. facility. Increasing the production floor space by nearly 28%. UBR is making room for additional production equipment, added stock, technology enhancements, and new fabrication abilities to better serve our customers. To further support these expanded activities UBR has also more than doubled our customer support area. This area of the expansion will now provide even greater customer care, better customer communications, and a welcoming experience for our visiting customers. In today’s business world it is all about quality customer care and Universal Belting Resource continues investing in that philosophy.

Motion Industries Inc. New Personel

Randy Breaux assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing, Distribution and Purchasing for Motion Industries Inc. In this new
role, Mr. Breaux will retain current responsibility for Marketing and Strategic Planning, but gain overall responsibility for the additional areas as above. Mr. Breaux joined Motion Industries in 2011 as Senior Vice President, Marketing after 20+ successful years at Baldor Electric Co. In 2014, he was promoted to his most recent position of Senior Vice President, Southern U.S., Marketing and Strategic Planning. Tony Cefalu was named Senior Vice President of Hose & Rubber, Shops and Service Centers for Motion Industries Inc. In this new position, Mr. Cefalu will continue to lead Motion’s efforts for hose, rubber, and gaskets, and now has the added responsibility for Shops and Service Centers including Automation, Fluid Power, Pumps and Repair. Mr. Cefalu started his career with the Berry Bearing Company in 1983, which became part of Motion Industries in 1993. He held positions of Manager of Hose and Rubber, Regional Manager, Vice President/General Manager of the Chicago Division, and Group Vice President of Mi Hose & Rubber, and Senior Vice President/Group Executive for the Central Group and Mi Hose & Rubber. In 2014, Mr. Cefalu
was promoted to his previous position of Senior Vice President, Eastern U.S. and Mi Hose & Rubber. Kevin Storer was named Senior
Vice President of U.S. Operations, President of Mi Mexico for Motion Industries Inc. Mr. Storer’s new role will expand to include all U.S.
branch and field sales operations. He will continue to have complete responsibility for Motion’s Mexico operations. Mr. Storer began his
career with Motion Industries in the West Group in 1987, and was a Branch Manager and Regional Manager prior to becoming
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at Vice President/General Manager of Motion’s Los Angeles Division in 2000. In 2006, he was promoted to Senior Vice President/Group Executive for the West Group, and in 2014, to his most recent position as Senior Vice President, Western U.S. and President of Mi Mexico. 

Kaman Industrial Technologies

Sean Williams has accepted the position at Kaman Industrial
Technologies as Director of the Engineered Rubber Products
Centers. Sean comes to us from a 20 year career at Apache
Inc. He will be responsible for the belt shops in Pocatello, ID,
LaMirada, CA, Tucson, AZ, Appleton, WI, Bolingbrook, IL,
Mason City, IA and Richfield, WI. Sean and his family will
continue to reside in Cedar Rapids, IA and is looking forward
to traveling the country in support of all the Kaman locations
and customers.

Belt Power, LLC

Belt Power, LLC is pleased to announce Mike Kretz has
joined our team as a Product Specialist/IT Specialist working
out of the Atlanta office. Mike brings over 30 years of
experience working with a manufacturer in outside sales
and management. The entire Belt Power team is excited to
have Mike join the team as he will bring his experiences and
knowledge of the lightweight belting industry to help us grow
our business.

Price Rubber Corporation

Price Rubber Corporation has just built a brand new 60”
wide X 5,000 lb. capacity belt slitter for sale. Handles up to
48” diameter rolls. Comes w/ manual guides, hold-down /
nip roller, knife blocks, belt counter, hydraulic motor-drives,
electrical console, mounted casters, the whole 9 yards!
Perfect for the small to medium sized belt shop or as a run-about
to heavier tables with ease of movement. Call JW Price
@ 1-800-633-1470 or email: for
complete details / pics!

In Memoriam

Frank "Jeep" Klaene Jr. - 1/16/16

Frank "Jeep" Klaene Jr., 68, of Union, KY, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Hospice. Frank recently retired after serving for many years as the Executive Vice President of F.N. Sheppard & Co. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, as chairman of the Mineola Industrial Park Association and president of NIBA-The Belting Association, and most recently as a spinning instructor at Five Seasons Sports Club, where he had been an active member since its opening. Frank is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan Klaene (née Lahner); children: Erin Manning (Michael), Kristian Klaene (Mary Ann), and Collin Soper (Harold); grandchildren: Elsa Klaene, Will Klaene, Sydney Manning, Andrew Manning, and two grandchildren joyfully anticipated in May; mother Sylvia Klaene Salzman; sister Linda Fookes (Gary); brother Mark Klaene (Zita); and step-brother Jamie Salzman. His father, Frank "Tank" Klaene Sr., and his step-father, Charles Salzman, preceded him in death. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Mother of God Church in Covington, KY, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at 12:05 p.m. A eulogy will be offered before the Mass at 11:45 a.m. A reception will be held at Linnemann Event Center, in Burlington, KY, following the Mass. Interment will be at Mother of God Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Rd., Edgewood, KY 41017, or Ronald McDonald House, 350 Erkenbrecher Ave. Cincinnati, OH, 45229. Online condolences may be made at - See more at:

William "Bill" Cooper Levensalor

William "Bill" Cooper Levensalor - 11/16/2015

William "Bill" Cooper Levensalor, age 71, passed away at his home in Cumming, GA, surrounded by his family on November, 16th. He was born on August 26th, 1944 in Springfield, MA to Kenneth and Elizabeth Levensalor. He spent his formative years in Cromwell, CT. Bill joined the army in 1968 and was awarded the Bronze Star in Vietnam before his honorable discharge in 1969. Upon his return from the war, Bill returned to Alfred University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and met his future wife. On December 4th, 1971, he married Maureen Rita Swanick. After college, Bill worked in the industrial belting arena and eventually started Belt Corporation of America in 1985 in Cumming, GA. He devoted 30 years to building a reputable, state of the art manufacturing business. He was a respected member of the business community and a leader in the industrial belting world. Bill coached his three sons in soccer over a span of 25 years and was a co-founder of Forsyth County's first soccer association, The Forsyth Rowdies. He was also active in the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce serving on the Board of Directors. Bill also served on the Athletic Committee of Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, GA. Bill served on a Lanier Tech Business Advisory Board. He is currently a member of Rotary International. He is survived by his beloved wife Maureen, sons, Randy of Boulder, CO, Adam and wife Stefanie of Norfolk, VA and Alex of Atlanta, GA. He has three granddaughters who he adored. His sister Martha Ann Field of Auburn, ME survives him. A memorial service will be held at Deer Creek Presbyterian Church 7620 Lanier Dr Cumming, GA 30041. For memorial donations please see

Gary "Bert" Hansen

Gary "Bert" Hansen - 9/29/2015

Gary "Bert" Hansen, Age 57 of Bloomington, passed away from lung cancer on September 29, 2015 with his loving wife Lois Norrgard and family members by his side. Gary loved life and lived it to the fullest. He maintained close friendships from elementary school through his entire working career. He was employed by Baldwin Supply of Mpls for the last 21 years and enjoyed his work family and his customers. Gary had a great sense of humor and was always quick with a laugh and a joke. His passion for the outdoors included hunting, fishing and golf. He will be remembered for his integrity and strong love and dedication to family and friends. Preceded in death by his mother Geneva "Dolly" Hansen. He is survived by his wife Lois, his father Bertin Hansen, sisters Diane Swanson (Joel) and Linda Hansen Melena, nephews Travis and Brock Swanson, numerous cousins, in-laws and his hunting dog Chance. Gary will be dearly missed by his family and many good friends. A celebration of his life will be held at Emmaus Free Lutheran Church, 8443 2nd Ave. So., Bloomington, on Wed., Oct 7th at 11 AM. Visitation Tues., Oct 6 from 6-8 PM as well as one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Michael Lawson Burkholder

Michael Lawson Burkholder - 5/28/2015

Michael Lawson Burkholder, 67, died Thursday May 28, 2015 from complications following chemotherapy treatment. Mike was born January 5, 1948 in Akron and was raised in Cuyahoga Falls. He lived in Ohio most of his life and moved to Georgetown Texas and a warmer climate. He worked and loved his job at Blair Rubber Corporation. He enjoyed his Cleveland Browns and Buckeyes, loved golf and spending time with family especially his grandchildren. He loved to travel. Mike is survived in death by his beloved wife Claudia Saylor Burkholder of Georgetown Texas, daughters Melissa (Joe) Joan of Mt. Gilead Ohio, MaryJo (John) Beck of Douglasville Georgia, Megan Burkholder of Georgetown Texas, step-daughter Sharon Henry of Austin Texas, and step-son Brian Henry of New Braunfels Texas, Grandchildren Scott, C.J. Mason, Nick, Ian, CaitlIn, Lawson, Max, and Addy; sibling Jeff (Amy) Burkholder of Akron, and beloved dog Lucy. He is preceded in death by his parents Bud and Peggy Burkholder, his sister Tish Anderson, and cherished dog Ella. We invite you to share your memories and thoughts with us on Mike's Facebook page.

Jerry L. Splawn

Jerry L. Splawn - 3/31/2015

Jerry L. Splawn, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Twin Lakes Health Care. A native of Greenville, S.C., he was the son of the late Virgil Baxter and Bessie Estelle Stuart Splawn.  Mr. Splawn was CEO of Splawn Belting and a graduate of N.C. State University, where he was a member of the track team and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a former member of the Burlington Lions Club, a U.S. Army veteran, where he also ran track, and a member of First Presbyterian Church. After his family and his company, his loves were Cherry Grove Beach and playing golf. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Nell Whittington Splawn; sons, Jerry Michael Splawn and wife Vivian and Stephen Renick Splawn and wife Angie, all of Burlington; daughter, Rebecca Lynne Splawn of Raleigh; grandchildren, Michael Morgan Splawn and Stephen Renick Splawn Jr. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 3, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church by Dr. Ron Shive, pastor. Interment will follow in Alamance Memorial Park.  Mr. Splawn will remain at Lowe Funeral Home and Crematory until being taken to the church for services.

The family will receive friends at Lowe Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday and at the residence at other times. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to First Presbyterian Church, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215.

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James Stinson Howell

James Stinson Howell - 11/15/2014

James Stinson Howell passed away November 15, 2014 after a short illness. Beloved husband of 65 years to Patri-cia E. (Mason) Howell; loving father of Linda (Peter) Wey-and (formerly Kirby) and the late Donna Murphy. James is survived by his grandchildren, Tera Murphy and her twin children Aurora and Dakota Carter, Christina (Adam) Kloep-fer and their son Caden, Jeremiah, Daniel (Amy), Josiah and Leah Kirby, seven step-grandchildren and three step-great grandchildren, predeceased by his three sisters. Due to the weather, the family will now be present on Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 5200 Sheridan Drive (corner Hopkins Road) where a Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 11 AM. Share condolences online at

Randall E. "Randy" Rakow

Randall E. "Randy" Rakow - 10/06/2014

Rakow, Randall E. “Randy” 72, was called home unexpectedly Monday, October 6, 2014. Randy graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1964 and earned his MBA from The Keller School of Management where he was also an adjunct professor. He served in the U.S. Army duringthe Vietnam Era and then transitioned into the Reserves,retiring as a Captain. He worked in Human Resources forvarious companies during his 44 year career; retiring from MRA in 2008. He was a member of Rotary, Kiwanis, American Legion and CEO of NIBA. Randy and Billie moved toThe Villages in 2008 from Waukesha, WI. He was passionate about baseball, a lifelong fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, dating back to when they were the Milwaukee Braves. He enjoyed football, particularly the Packers, softball, golf, traveling, playing card games, music from the 50’s and60’s and Classic Cars. Above and beyond all the sports andhobbies he loved his family. He was a man of strong faith and character. He was loyal, compassionate, patient and a kind friend to all he knew. He leaves to cherish his memoryhis loving wife of 50 years, Billie Rakow; daughters, Susan Packer (Jeremy), Tricia Totty (John); three grandchildren, Emily Totty, Allison Totty and Erich Packer; sister, Sandra Blott (John); sisters-in-law, Nancy Matschke (Dick), LuAnn Brown (Gary), Patti Kuehl and several nieces and nephews.The family asks that memorial contributions be made to The Harry and Shirley Kuehl Foundation, c/o Tri City NationalBank, 7525 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53219. The family will receive friends from 1-3 PM Friday, October 10,2014 with services immediately following at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd., The Villages, Florida.

Ronald R. Render

Ronald R Render - 11/01/2013

Ronald R Render, 82, of Valparaiso, Ind., passed away Sunday September 29, 2013. He was born February 24, 1931 in Akron, Ohio to Caludis and Ruth Render, received the Bronze Star for his service with the U.S. Marines in the Korean War and received a B.A. & B.S. in Business Administration from Kent State University. Ron has been a Sales manager with Goodrich Tire & Rubber Company and the Dana Corporation his entire career, retiring in 2006. He was a proud member of the Goldwing Roadriders association having logged hundreds of thousands of miles on the road.

On December 27, 1952 he married Betty Berry who survives along with their children Randall (Catherine) Render of Uniontown, Ohio, Julie (Mike) Danner of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Cynthia (John) Rademacher of Niles, Ill., Robert Render of Lodi, Ohio; grandchildren, Phillip (Kelly) Render, Peter (Jessica) Render ,Johnny Render, Anna (Pat) Graham, Mae (Mike) Beitzel, Adam Danner, Dacota Render, Zachariah Render and Sara Render; and six great-grandsons, Luke and Nolan Render, Miles and Marshall Beitzel, Caleb Kelley and Madden Chek. He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Christopher Chek.

Galen Knight

Galen Knight - 01/04/2012

Galen Knight, 57, of Greenwood, Indiana, died Monday, September, 26, 2011, in Greenwood. Galen began working at Dunham Rubber and Belting 35 years ago in sales and progressed to his most current position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, as well as becoming an owner of the company. In addition to his job, Galen served as a member of many local and national organizations. He was a strong supporter and volunteer of the United Way of Johnson County, served on the Board of Directors and most currently as the Chairman of the Education and Technical Committee for the National Industrial Belting Association, was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greenwood, IN, was actively involved in the Indiana and Johnson County Republican Party and a member of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church. Galen was also a lover of people and life and would do anything for those he loved. He loved spending time with his friends and family, traveling all over the world (especially Italy), was greatly interested in politics and was the owner of two beloved dogs. Galen is preceded in death by his father, Russell Knight. Survivors include his mother, Frances Jean Williams Knight of Greenwood, IN; his wife of 38 years, Susan Gail Stokes Knight of Greenwood, IN; a son, Matthew Christian Knight, and daughter-in-law, Cinthia Herrera Knight (pregnant with twins) of Greenwood, IN; a daughter, Ashlee Elizabeth Knight of Seattle, WA; and brothers James Knight of Noblesville, IN, and Richard Knight of Wylie, TX.

Bill Koch

Bill Koch - 02/02/2010

After a long and successful career in the conveyor belting industry, Bill Koch, 74, of Behabelt USA passed away on February 2, 2010. Bill was born in Cudahy, WI, the only child of Wendell Koch and Gladys Johnson Koch. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol, and their three sons, David, Timothy and Christopher, daughter-in-law, Annie and beautiful grandchildren. Bill had been in the belting industry for fifty years and worked right up to his passing. He has been a long time NIBA member over the years. He graduated from West Point in 1957. After working for many different companies throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S., Bill started Chicago Belt in 1991 and represented Polymax for European style belting and pu sidewalls, Conti for rubber sidewall and Beha Innovation for extrusions and welding equipment. In 2007, Bill sold Chicago belt to Beha and it is now Behabelt USA. Bill signed on for a three-year period to help get the new company up and running.

Ronald Lee Roalsen (Rubber Ron)

Ronald Lee Roalsen (Rubber Ron) - 02/02/2010

Ronald Lee Roalsen, Rubber & Plastics Inc., died at his home Feb. 2, 2010, after battling colon cancer. Ron grew up in the small logging and farming community of Grand Ronde with his mother and extended family. Early on he learned the value of hard work and that honesty was not just a virtue, but a means that shaped his life. The family moved to Northeast Portland and he worked at the family gas station with his father, Ray, who had a big influence in Ron's life and helped him discover his mechanical aptitude, love of people and fast cars. Ron met and married his best friend, Carol Hutchinson, and in 1969, they started a family and Ron went to work for his father-in-law selling industrial components and conveyor belts. This is where Ron's professional sales career was born. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to start Rubber & Plastics Inc., where he continued to work and develop his passion for the conveyor belt industry and the people in this small community. As business grew, Ron continued his pursuit of developing relationships and providing a positive influence on all those who worked with him. It wasn't necessarily the products, but the people that Ron was passionate about. However, his knowledge and desire to solve problems led many people around the country to call him for his problem solving skills and advice. Ron joined NIBA in the '80s and quickly grew in popularity as he served on many different committees. Nicknamed "Rubber Ron," he became president of NIBA in 2002. Ron was more than a father, husband and employer, he was one who loved people and would do anything to help someone in need. He was a mentor and had a strong influence in the lives of those lucky enough to have called him a friend. Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, Edward and Rodney; daughter-in-law, Julie; father, Ray; brother, Bob; sister-in-law, Laurie; sisters, Marta and Molly; and two grandsons, Cole and River.

Heinrich Adolf Sennholz

Heinrich Adolf Sennholz - 11/29/2009

Heinrich Adolf Sennholz, a longtime employee and retiree from Belting Industries Co., Inc. passed away November 28, 2009, at the age of 86. At the age of 14, Henry started his career in the rubber and belting business working as a coffee boy at Continental Rubber in Hannover Germany. He learned the rubber trade before enlisting in the German Navy during World War II (1940) at the age of 17. During his military duty he served on three different German Naval Vessels as a signalman. Each one of the vessels was sunk in the North Atlantic by Allied warships. In 1946 he met his wife Eva and they were married in 1949 in Germany where he had continued his employment in the rubber and belting field. A few years after their son Frank (a current Belting Industries employee) was born, they immigrated to the United States in 1958. Henry continued in the belting business with a company in New York City until he joined Belting Industries in 1966. Henry helped transform Belting Industries from a conveyor belt only company into a mix of belt products focused on the office OEM market. His knowledge of Hypalon® and silicone helped develop the necessary processes to make belts for IBM and Xerox. Henry was always known for his cute jokes, great smile and happy disposition. He retired from Belting Industries in 1988 to spend more time with his family. Henry is survived by his wife-Eva, son-Frank, daughter-Debbie and two grandchildren.