Reed Rubber Products Celebrates 100 Years in Operation

Reed Rubber Products celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sept. 12, 2022. The company, which is based in St. Louis, produces window glazing and accessory products and extrudes thermoplastic vulcanizates. It opened its doors in 1922 in downtown St. Louis as a small retailer that supplied the construction industry with rubber boots, hoses and slickers.

Company founder Benjamin Reed would find customers in the 1920s by traveling the train tracks and looking for smokestacks. Much has changed for the company since then, though it is still owned by the Reed family.

“My grandfather sold rubber boots,” says owner Clark Reed. “In the 1960s, we were making hose assemblies. For the last 40 years, we have been specializing in extruded window and HVAC seals. Our vision is to become the leading provider of extruded rubber seals in these industries.”

Reed Rubber Products offers profile extrusions, co-extrusions and tri-extrusions. Post-extrusion capabilities include punching bolt holes, adding mounting tape, printing, cutting to length, slip coating, and splicing, either endless or mitered for frame assemblies. It also provides glazing accessories, such as setting blocks and glazing tape.

“While we primarily manufacture proprietary parts, we will be launching an online glazing store at the end of the year where customers can purchase stock parts,” says Reed. “It feels a bit like a throwback to the company’s roots as a physical store.”

Reed Rubber Products has been honored with three consecutive Best Places to Work awards from a plastics industry publication.

D3 Glass Named as Finalist for GrowFL Companies to Watch

D3 Glass in Fort Myers, Fla., is a finalist for the 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch in 2022. The award celebrates second-stage entrepreneurs and recognizes companies throughout Florida for their contributions to the community, creating good jobs and developing quality products and services.

“What an honor to be recognized as a GrowFL finalist,” says Bill Daubmann, president and founder of MYShower Door and D3 Glass. “We have seen continuous growth even during challenging times and I believe it is due to our commitment to our customers and our community, our dedicated team and our ability to adjust and innovate.” If a company is named as an honoree, it will then join the ranks of 550 second-stage companies across Florida that have been recognized since 2011. The honorees will be announced this month, and the awards celebration will take place on February 23, 2023.

To qualify for the award, companies must have between six and 150 employees, and revenue between $750,000 and $100 million in 2021.

Wausau Window and Wall Systems Receives Safety Award

The Wisconsin Safety Council honored Wausau Window and Wall Systems as a 28th Annual Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards winner. This is the company’s fourteenth consecutive year as a finalist and the second time it earned the award.

Wausau’s cumulative OSHA-recordable injury rate for the last 10 years is 1.52, which the company says is “notably lower” than the industry annual average of 5.40 recordable injuries for metal window and door manufacturing workers, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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