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Strategic Partnership - Beltservice Corporation and Movex

Movex, one of the most innovative and forward thinking companies in today’s conveying industry and Beltservice Corporation, one of the most trusted companies in conveyor belt manufacturing and custom fabrications have created a strategic partnership. This partnership will promote, support and grow the complete line of Movex products in the United States, including Modular Belting, Plastic and Steel Conveying Chains and Conveyor Components.

Together, Movex and Beltservice Corporation will deliver the highest quality products, designed to offer our customers the most innovative solutions to today’s most demanding beverage, food, packaging and automotive conveying applications.

Movex is driven by 25-years of innovation, technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing that has allowed Movex to create one of the fastest growing, highest quality product lines in the conveying industry. Movex offers to the marketplace a continually evolving product-line for both standard and custom products in a dynamic and responsive manner, providing unsurpassed service-levels and the best in after-sale support capabilities.

Beltservice Corporation will work together with its distributors and OEM partners to provide the marketplace with the Movex products, services and the technical expertise needed to allow their customers to be more efficient and productive in today’s competitive business environment. They will inventory Movex products at ten strategically located facilities, supported by a staff of 24 direct sales representatives, product and technical specialists and customer service staff.

Combining the experience and expertise of both companies will define exciting new opportunities for improvement in the conveying industry, delivering innovative products, materials and a level of service that will separate Movex and Beltservice Corporation from other competitors in today’s conveying market place.

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Sempertrans

Sempertrans, conveyor belt segment of Semperit Group, along with strategic partner Shaw Almex Industries Ltd., a leading provider of industrial and vulcanisation presses, stepped up activities with a formalized agreement to operate the Semperit-owned entity, Sempertrans USA LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. Sempertrans’ belt design and manufacturing expertise, enhanced by the Almex technical and infrastructure knowledge and access to the North American market will be supported by cooperation with selected distributors. Sempertrans USA offers high-performance, heavy-duty, textile and steel-reinforced conveyor belts with applications in mining, steel, cement, power plants and transport. Sales representatives and application engineering strategically located throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Flexco

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) for the second straight year. Flexco locations in Downers Grove, Ill., Woodridge, Ill., and Grand Rapids, Mich. were included in the award selection.

BMG Conveyor Services has officially rebranded to Davis Industrial.

BMG Conveyor Services, a veteran leader in conveyor belt installation, sales and services in North, Central and South America, has officially rebranded to Davis Industrial. President and CEO Stephenie Davis said, “In order for future growth, we had to look longer term and develop a brand that we can grow into over the next few years.” Davis Industrial also launched a new website that features broader services for everything related to conveyors. Davis Industrial will continue providing mission critical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, please visit www.conveyors247.com.

Brendma Australia Pty Ltd

Brendma Australia Pty Ltd would like to notify NIBA members of its new trading name. Effective immediately we will now be known as BMA Belting Australia. Please see the new 2017 membership directory for more details.

Rulmeca Corporation is proud to announce the NSF/ANSI 3-A 14159-1 - 2014 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 sales-us@rulmeca.com or 910-794-9294.

Aarubco Rubber Company Inc. celebrates 50 years doing 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 its knowledge & experience as a leader in seamless covered beating with its 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 and with our NIBA membership as we look forward to the future!

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS) received ISO 9001:2015 standards certification

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS), a leading producer of industrial blades and knives, recently received ISO 9001:2015 standards certification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This certification recognized the company’s ability to meet or exceed the most current, world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. Following an audit by the organization across all departments including manufacturing, purchasing, quality control and inspection, logistics, sales, and customer service, Hyde IBS became one of the first industrial blade manufacturers to achieve the new standard. The company previously had been certified as an ISO 9001:2008 operation. ISO 9001 standards were first published in 1987. “This designation underscores Hyde’s and its employees’ dedication to delivering the best products and services day-in and day-out,” stated Rob Scoble, President, The Hyde Group. “The certification also demonstrates our ability to consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements while striving for constant improvements throughout the company."

Tribute, Inc. welcomes NIBA members, Chiorino and Voss Belting

Tribute, Inc. welcomes NIBA members, Chiorino and Voss Belting, into the Tribute family by investing in our flagship product, TrulinX, aimed at the rubber product & belting distribution industry. Tribute also congratulates NIBA Membership Chair and President of Accurate Industrial, Glenn Siemer, on a successful transition from their legacy software to TrulinX at the end of 2016. We look forward to a mutually productive partnership that will enhance both organizations. For more information about TrulinX, visit www.tribute.com or call 800-874-2883.

NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit: Event Website Now Available

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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 beating 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 sales-us@rulmeca.com 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.

2017 NIBA/PTDA Joint Industry Summit

 
 

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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.
(http://www.mir-belting.com/news)

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.

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.

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.
•Performance you can count on
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.
•Simple Installation - Every Time
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 bit.ly/SureConnect

ICE-Trade

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 !

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: info@reveyron.com.

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.

Flexco

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 www.flexco.com/bcp-training-school.html.

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®

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: www.asgco.com/about/company or contact ASGCO at 800-344-4000 or info@asgco.com

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.

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: www.midwestrubber.com. “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

Flexco recently unveiled the online portion of Flexco University. Located at www.flexcouniversity.com, 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.