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  • Volume 37 Number 3 Winter 2019 T h e l a t e s t o n a l l t h i n g s G F A

    GFA to Unveil Plant Management Program at the

    Spring 2019 Meeting


    [email protected]


    Where Fabricators & Suppliers Connect

    Technical Bulletin: Gasket Design


    Highlights of the GFA’s Fall 2018


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    Gap Separation Laminating Die Cutting Auto Ratio Servo Registration 216-631-4555

    Industrial Tapes & Adhesives 800-328-2619

    Performance, Technology & Value


    Top Notch Fluid Sealing Products And Unparalelled Sales And Service


    800. 231 .7 116

    Sheet Rubber, Matting, Compressed Sheet

    Skirtboard, Channel Rubber

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    Table of Contents

    President’s Message

    Highlights of the GFA’s Fall 2018 Meeting

    Press Releases A Progressive Wind of Change for American Biltrite’s Sales and Marketing Team

    Adhesive Applications Acquires International Tape Company

    CGR Products Expands with a 30,000 sq. ft. Addition

    CGR Products Adds a New Wide Format Die Cutting Press

    Your New Option for Transfer and Lamination Innovation

    Reilly Foam Corp Moves into New Corporate Headquarters in King of Prussia, PA

    RM Biltrite Introduces Marc Corwin as New Midwest Territory Sales Manager

    Jacobs & Thompson Builds Strategic Partnerships with Hutchison® Foam and Converting Division

    Calendered Product Line of Fairprene Inc®: Available at Trelleborg

    Future Meeting Schedule

    New Association Members

    Technical Bulletin: Gasket Design Guidelines By Chris Schenck, Amorim Cork Composites

    GFA to Unveil Plant Management Program at the Spring 2019 Meeting

    Invisible Infrastructure – Building Bridges on the Properties of Neoprene Rubber

    By John Bonforte, Sr., Monmouth Rubber & Plastics

    Gasket Factors: M, Y By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

    Density/Closest Packing Density By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

    Committee Updates

    Upcoming Industry Events

    MD/CMD/Z-Strength By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

    Benchmarking Report



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    See pages 16 and 17 for more information on the

    GFA’s Spring 2019 Meeting!

    President’s Message

    Winter is upon Us By Shelby Ricketts

    Every time I attend a GFA meeting, one of the most commonly discussed topics is, “Where has the time gone?” With two meetings per year, each gathering reminds us how quickly a year comes and goes.

    Winter is here, and with it the inevitable year-end events: holidays, forecasting and, for some of us, inventory. Spring will be here before you know it, and our Plant Management Meeting will be on the horizon. The Plant Management Meeting will be held at the Saddlebrook Resort in sunny Tampa, Florida on March 12th–14th.

    The Plant Management Meeting is a unique event for the GFA, designed to provide value to operations and production personnel. Personally, I am excited to bring some new people from my company to meet and share ideas with their peers in the industry. Of course, this requires planning ahead to ensure that things run smoothly at the plant while our Production Manager attends the meeting. It also requires some pre-planning, since I am planning travel for some new members of the company who have not previously attended a meeting.

    I am hoping that each of you will do the same in bringing new operations and plant personnel, and making sure that you are planning ahead in order to get them there. The Plant Management Meeting will be a unique, informative session. Even if your Plant or Operations managers cannot stay for the full three day meeting, consider bringing them for the 12th and 13th, where they will get the most benefit from the workshops.

    One of the best benefits of getting people to the GFA meetings is simply to get them off-site, away from the day-to-day firefighting and crisis management, so that they have time to think strategically. It is a luxury that operations personnel don’t often get to enjoy.

    So please consider planning ahead for this Spring’s meeting. You may see some additional mail pieces or email reminders prompting you to plan for it. It will be here before you know it and I look forward to seeing you all there!


    Shelby Ricketts

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    Highlights of the GFA’s Fall 2018 Meeting The GFA’s Fall 2018 Meeting, held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront in Seattle, Washington, was a success with over 120 attendees and 28 exhibitors. Program highlights included a well-attended keynote presentation titled “GET SWITCHED ON! Reevaluate and Recharge” by Chip Eichelberger, CSP, and presentations by Associated Pacific Machine Corp., LasX Industries, Mohawk Fabric Company, Preco, Inc., and tesa tape, inc.

    In addition, based on feedback from GFA Members, the committee meeting schedule was modified to open up time for a high energy, high impact presentation by two fishmongers from Seattle’s World Famous Pike Place Fish, as well as Jim Bergquist, their longtime coach from Creative Business Futures, on “A Game Worth Playing: Creating a Company Where People Love to Work.” Attendees enjoyed the educational session featuring interactive fish throwing! Some of the most positive feedback came from attendees of the CEO Luncheon, Fabricator Forum, and Roundtable Discussion Session. These lively sessions, held at each of the GFA’s semi-annual meetings, allow attendees to discuss topics of specific interest to them, and to gain useful insight from some of the top industry professionals. As always, the meeting also provided plenty of opportunities for members to network and to have productive conversations with industry peers during the Supplier Expo, receptions, meal functions, golf tournament (26 golfers), and the Seattle Sightseeing Tour (23 participants). The next GFA Meeting, featuring the launch of a special Plant Management Program, will be held in Tampa, Florida at the Saddlebrook Resort on March 12-14, 2019.

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    Press Releases

    In 2018, Frédéric Guérin (Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Industrial Rubber Division of American Biltrite) made some significant changes to the American Biltrite Sales & Marketing team. The goal of these changes was to harness the strength of each team member, by strategically placing them in roles where they can make the most positive impact and better serve their customers. After 25 years of excellent service at American Biltrite, Ward Williamson retired this summer. Nick Sabatini joined the team to take over as Regional Sales Manager for Ontario and Western Canada, bringing with him decades of experience in the rubber industry. He has more than 20 years of experience acquired in different sales management positions. Sales agent Pierre Bineau continues to cover Québec and the maritime provinces for American Biltrite. Jean Vavrek also joined the American Biltrite team as Market Manager for the mining industry, with the ideal background and connections to move the company forward in this growing forum. Jean held several management positions at ABB in Montreal and Sweden. He had been the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum for the past 13 years prior to joining the team. Tracey Lancaster has been promoted to Marketing Manager. Tracey has been with American Biltrite since 2009. In her new role, she will supervise the development of marketing materials and she will devote her time and efforts to developing inside sales initiatives to generate qualified leads for their di

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