Moving Forward, Together: In Remembrance of 9/11

Humankind is nothing if not resilient. We see it in the people around us; we hear it from the infamous words of everyone from Rocky Balboa to Nelson Mandela. 

As we remember the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and the many people and heroes who lost their lives that day, we think of this quote by American writer Ryder Carroll:

 

“No matter how bleak or menacing a situation may appear, it does not entirely own us. It can’t take away our freedom to respond, our power to take action.”

 

We want to recognize how so many people chose to respond, take action, come together and support one another, and keep moving forward. 

 

How the Economy Reacted, How the People Responded

In the wake of this tragedy, the entire business community felt the blow. Stock markets immediately fell, and economic damage ensued, adding further injury to the struggling business community.

But by the end of the year, the economy and most markets had recovered surprisingly well. The American economy, and its people, were more resilient than expected. And people all across the nation played a part. 

At Spec Rubber, we remember that day and the months following very well. While we may not have had friends or family in New York at that time, we knew that people were hurting and that it was not a time to give up. So, we continued to serve our community and our country in the best way we knew how — working hard to produce the materials companies needed all across the USA for their industrial applications. 

It was a very small part to play, but we did it in honor of those who lost someone or something that day. All across the country, businesses, communities, and individuals were resilient, taking action, moving forward together.

 

Made in the USA

For over 50 years, Spec Rubber has been proud to say that all our rubber gaskets and other molded rubber components are made in the USA. From our manufacturing facility in Alabaster, Alabama, to the clients we send products to thousands of miles away, we are proud to serve communities all across the United States. We serve a country full of heroes sacrificing everything, people refusing to give up, and communities coming together in times of need, just like they did in 2001. And we look forward to keeping our “made in the USA” promise for the next 50 years.

“There When You Need It” Celebrating Drinking Water Week with AWWA

Having clean water is like having a good bill of health – it’s very easy to take for granted when you have it. You don’t think about your health every day when your body is working, but as soon as you get sick, it’s a different story. Similarly, you may not think about the clean drinking water in your home until the water has to be shut off for repairs, and your taps are dry. This week, however, is a week to stop and appreciate your clean drinking water! This May 2-8, 2021, is Drinking Water Week, an opportunity for water professionals and those they serve to “recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.” 

 

Safe and Clean Drinking Water

The American Water Works Association, of which Spec Rubber is a member, has been celebrating Drinking Water Week for over 40 years. This year, the theme for Drinking Water Week is “There When You Need It.” Water goes on a long journey to reach your tap, and there are many factors and water professionals involved in getting it there safely and cleanly.

 Spec Rubber is proud to be a part of that journey, supplying many of the gaskets, o-rings, and sealing systems that keep water safe and uncontaminated. Spec Rubber products uphold the highest standards of NSF-61. These are important standards set by the National Sanitation Foundation to ensure that water system components meet the health criteria developed and set by a team of scientists and industry experts. It’s not just unnecessary red tape, these standards include crucial details for manufacturing such as microbial coating and testing for certain harmful chemicals. This covers more than just the metal pipes that deliver your water! These criteria extend to the critical components that seal the pipes, supplied and made in America by Spec Rubber. 

 

Drinking Water, Not Wasting It!

In addition to water being “There When You Need It,” we would also like to add “Not When You Don’t.” Leaks, dripping water, and burst pipes are no fun, and can lead to contaminated water and unhealthy situations if not handled properly. Spec Rubber’s sealing solutions handle both sides of the spectrum when it comes to accessing clean drinking water! When you go to fill up your cup at the tap this week, we invite you to recognize and celebrate the vital role that clean drinking water plays in your life.

Spec Rubber thanks all its hard-working employees and all water professionals around the world that work to provide clean drinking water that’s there when you need it, not when you don’t! 

You Get What You Pay for: Why Spec Rubber’s Quality Products Are Immune To Competition

 

Everyone loves a good deal, but a product’s total cost isn’t always apparent on the price tag. Quality matters, especially when we consider the impact that substandard products have on replacement and labor costs and your company’s reputation. 

 

It’s Been a Crazy Year

Like most categories, the rubber industry has faced many ups and downs in the past 12 months as supply, demand, and purchasing power fluctuated with the uncertain business climate. But it wasn’t all bad news. 

At Spec Rubber, we continued to thrive despite a variety of challenges, including low-price competition. Why? Even though our rubber gaskets cost more than products from foreign competitors, our customers understand the significant role gaskets play in quality assurance. 

 

Quality Matters

Unfortunately, gaskets are sometimes an afterthought when it comes to water system project planning. They are typically a tiny percentage of a project’s upfront cost. But the wrong gasket or seal can cost your business down the line. 

A lower cost gasket may look like a great value on an invoice, but it might not be such a good deal when you factor in the cost of product failure, expensive product recalls, legal fees related to NSF-61 problems, and damage to consumer confidence. Make no mistake, cheaper gaskets and seals have a shorter lifespan than higher-quality versions, so you will be paying for replacement parts and the corresponding labor more frequently. 

 

What Makes a Quality Product?

Some foreign manufacturers add fillers to their compounds, and, making matters worse, they’re inconsistent with their material formulation. Spec Rubber uses ANSI/NSF certified compounds and maintains a consistently strict adherence to its formulation, as well as a very thorough and rigid ISO quality system for all compression, injection, and transfer molding. 

See more of our rubber molding capabilities here!

Sure, you may pay more for quality products on the front end, But that initial outlay pays off via state-of-the-art process and technical experience that go into creating a safe and long-lasting rubber product. 

 

You Can Count on Spec Rubber Products! 

Are you confident in the quality you’re getting from your rubber gaskets and sealing products? This is especially critical for anyone in the waterworks industry, as faulty gaskets and seals can cause leakage that can cost you and the customer hundreds and thousands of dollars. 

On the other hand, when you know the products you’re getting are quality-assured and long-lasting, you can be confident you’re getting what you’re paying for — in the best way possible! 

To learn more about Spec Rubber’s products and our quality standards, contact us here

Lt. Governor of Alabama Visits Specification Rubber For “Best Place to Work” Recognition

 

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth visited our facility in Alabaster on Tuesday, March 2nd, to celebrate Specification Rubber’s recent “Best Place to Work” award from Rubber & Plastics News, a national industry publication. Rubber & Plastics News selected Spec Rubber for this award based on teammate feedback in three areas: job satisfaction, satisfaction with their employer, and perceived workplace safety. This award is a tremendous honor recognizing our hard-working teammates and all they do to create a positive work environment.

We also appreciate Rep. Russell Bedsole of Alabaster and Alabaster Mayor Scott Brakefield for joining us on this special occasion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specification Rubber has served clients across the US for over 50 years, and much of this success can be attributed to our teammates’ dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. It was an honor to receive this award and the commendation from these public officials! We look forward to many more years of excellence. 

 

About Specification Rubber 

Founded in 1968, Specification Rubber has grown to serve multiple industries. The largest division is water distribution, where Spec Rubber has become the industry leader of highly engineered rubber gaskets and sealing solutions. Located in Alabaster, Alabama, we provide high-quality, close-tolerance, engineered rubber products for the waterworks and other industries. 

 

Contact us to learn more! 

Replacing Valves Using A Filler Flange

Replacing valves can be a relatively simple task, but more often than not, there are complications. One of the most common complications is a difference in the lay length between the new valve and the old valve. Valves used to require thicker metal compared to what is now possible based on advances in manufacturing and technology. A difference in lay length used to be a headache, requiring a shop trip to get custom pieces machined. This frequently led to downtime for work crews and equipment, as well as project delays. 

But not anymore. The filler flange provides an instant option to fill gaps up to 3” on-site. And it is NSF-61 certified and 100% Made in the USA.

 

Replacing Valves With A Filler Flange

 

Step 1: Measure The Gap

Measure the gap that you need to fill and the size of the pipe. The filler flange can fill gaps up to 3”. 

We stock 5 of the most common diameters, with more custom orders up to 120” in diameter. 

  • 4”
  • 6”
  • 8”
  • 10”
  • 12”

 

filler flange thicknesses

Step 2: Select Filler Flanges to Fill The Gap

The filler flange comes in four thicknesses.

  • 1/16”
  • 1/8″
  • 1/4″
  • 1/2″

You can mix and match, stacking up to 3 flanges to fill up to a 1.5” gap using three ½” flanges on one side of the valve. When you fill a 1.5” gap on both sides of the valve, you can close a gap up to 3”. 

 

 

filler flange filling gap

Step 3: Connect The Valve

Insert the flanges and connect the valve, and you are done.

Seriously! That is it! This simple product increases efficiency and saves money from day one.

 

 

 

Save Time and Money

Imagine having the job completed in less time than it would have taken to drive to the machine shop. In addition to saving time, the filler flange eliminates project risks inherent with custom-made parts. 

  • What if the shop doesn’t have the right materials?
  • What if measurements are off?
  • What if the piece is manufactured incorrectly?
  • What if your crew gets back to the job site too late in the day to finish the job?

Those risks are eliminated when your crews have the filler flange on the truck and ready to use. 

Request a Filler Flange sample today to see how this NSF-61 product can increase efficiency and make you the hero of the operation. 

 

Making a Difference with Filler Flange Gaskets

We’d like to share a little feedback we received from a customer recently. 

Zach Barrett, an Inside Sales Representative with Prosouth Fastener, has been one of our clients for more than 15 years. Zach said, “Throughout these 15 years, we have always had exceptional service and products from Specification Rubber. Their NSF-61 gaskets have always arrived with outstanding workmanship and quality, and we have never had any issues with these gaskets – nor do we expect to.”

We appreciate the kind words! We put a lot of thought into customer service and workmanship, and it means so much to know that it is making a difference. 

We talked to another client about some of the quantifiable ways our gaskets make a difference on job sites. We wanted to know if projects run smoother, processes are simplified, and water is delivered safely to customers. This customer couldn’t go on the record, but they did give us permission to share a few quotes.

 

filler-flangeWork Crew Efficiency

“We recently started using the filler flange. It used to seem like we had to go to the machine shop every damn time we replaced a valve because the new ones have a shorter lay length than the old one. Now, we keep filler flanges on the truck, and we are filling that hole in no time. No trip to the machine shop. No invoice for $1,000 or more. No work crew sitting on their rear ends waiting on a part to come back. Filler flange is the best thing since sliced bread.”

 

What I Need When I Need It

“I hate getting put on hold and having to leave a message. When I call Spec Rubber, Paige answers the phone, knows what I need, and it’s usually in stock. They can get it to me fast since they are right down the road in Alabama.”

 

Call us today to request a free filler flange sample pack!

Water Safety

“I’ve seen so many of these gaskets coming in from overseas. You can tell the quality isn’t the same, and I’m scared to think what could happen in those pipes 10-15 years down the line. There is no way we are going to be the next Flint, and I feel really good knowing that Spec Rubber makes everything in the USA and that it’s inspected and verified NSF-61 certified. I’ve done my part to keep this place safe.”

 

 

That’s what we love to hear. We love providing outstanding products and support for our clients because it helps them take care of their clients. It’s like Barrett at Prosouth Fastener said, “Our customers have also had the same track record with these gaskets as we have. Some of them actually ask to have these gaskets every time because they know that the products supplied always exceed their expectations and standards required.”

If you have had a similar experience with Specification Rubber, we would love to know! Your feedback encourages us as we support your business, and it helps us understand where we can learn and improve. To leave a review or learn more about our products, contact us or give us a call at 800.633.3415!

 

Specification Rubber Product Spotlight: Filler Flange Gaskets

Filler Flange

Replace Valves Faster & Save Money

There is nothing more frustrating and costly than having to shut down a project because of unexpected gaps between new valves/fittings and existing lines. Who knew a ⅜” gap could have such a huge impact. There you stand with a hole in the ground and a work crew ready to go, and everything gets put on hold while solutions are sought. 

An Expensive Problem

Contractors know how much downtime costs. 

  • The cost of a work crew sitting idle. 
  • The cost of equipment sitting idle.
  • The cost of a machined part (frequently more than $1,000). 

And that is the BEST-CASE SCENARIO! What if the machine shop has a backlog of work? What if they don’t have the materials that you need? What if the machine shop is a long way from the job site? What if they make a mistake and you must go to the shop twice? Do they really understand the job?

This problem plagues valve replacement projects, but we know that things can happen even on a new installation job where the pipe is laid out and closure pieces are available. That is enough to keep water system contractors up at night.

Avoid the Machine Shop, Save Time and Money

We have great news! Here is a tip that will help you finish the job on the spot without ever having to make a trip to the machine shop. Spec Rubber developed the filler flange gasket as an option that you can keep on the truck to easily fill gaps up to 3”. They are available for pipes up to 120″, and in a variety of thicknesses including 1/16”, ⅛”, ¼”, and ½.  You can mix and match to get the perfect fit. And at a price that is a fraction of the machined option.

Contact Us To Learn More

The team at Spec Rubber takes pride in producing NSF-61 gaskets right here in the USA that your team needs to knock every project out efficiently and permanently, and we are excited to share this additional option.

Contact us today to find out more about how the filler flange gasket creates a new solution to an age-old issue.  Call 800-633-2521 or email specificationrubber@specrubber.com 

Veterans Day 2019

November 11, 1918, marked a turning point for the world, WWI had officially ended. A Federal Holiday, Armistice Day, was established to commemorate all the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Today, 101 years later, it is better known as Veterans Day. 

Each year the Veterans Day National Committee selects a themed poster highlighting either a milestone or focus. This year the poster focuses on “service.” Veterans not only serve our country in times of war but also in times of peace. 

The role of Armed Forces Members doesn’t end when they take off their uniform. These men and women take their experiences, skills, and education from active duty and use them to strengthen communities. Veterans volunteer, open businesses of their own, and contribute to the productive workforce. 

Their personal sacrifice of comfort, family, and dreams can never be fully repaid, but we ask this year you take a moment to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country. Many of us struggle to show support, so we’ve compiled a quick list of unique ways to thank a Veteran!

  • Make a frequent-flyer mile donation. Fisher House’s Hero Miles has provided over 70,000 tickets. 
  • Bring in a Veteran Speaker. Veterans provide more than war stories. They have deep knowledge of leadership, crisis management, and motivation. 
  • Shop at Veteran-owned businesses. According to the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business, more than 5.8 million people are employed by Veteran businesses generating $1.2 trillion in sales per year! 

Thank you for joining Specification Rubber Products in taking the time to honor those who have served our country.

Imagine a Day Without Water 2019

Millions of Americans take water service for granted every day. Turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. Flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away. With reliable water service, people don’t have to think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to their homes, and then safely returns water to the environment – but everyone should be concerned with the fragility of those systems. 

 

On Imagine a Day Without Water, take a moment to think about what your day would be like if you couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn’t go anywhere. What would that day be like? What would firefighters do? Could hospitals be sanitary without clean tap water, or without wastewater service? Would restaurants and hotels be able to serve guests? Would manufacturing plants that require vast amounts of clean water, such as pipe or gasket manufacturers, shut down?

 

It is often for granted that we don’t have to ask those questions every day, but America’s water infrastructure is aging and failing. Stories of communities with neglected infrastructure and compromised drinking water bubble up regularly. Record rainfalls in the Midwest this spring flooded the Mississippi River with pollution, and this summer toxic algae bloomed in the Great Lakes – a critical source of drinking water for millions of Americans. In other parts of the country, drought and wildfires threaten critical water supplies for communities and farmers. There are even communities, especially in many rural places across the country, that have never had access to infrastructure in the first place. Americans can’t take their water infrastructure for granted. 

 

Water infrastructure is the lifeline of our community. Our water infrastructure supports every facet of our daily lives, but our water infrastructure is facing challenges. 

 

At home, The Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) is the largest water utility in the state serving more than 600,000 people in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair and Walker Counties.  Birmingham Water Works remains one of the top water producers every year, and its water is ranked as some of the best in the nation. But maintaining infrastructure and equipment such as facilities, water meters, fire hydrants, water mains, and tanks, to ensure the integrity of the water system in our region is a commitment that demands ongoing attention. 

 

Water challenges look different to different communities and will require local solutions, but reinvestment in water systems should be a national priority. Strong leadership on water is key to securing America’s future. On October 23rd, Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for everyone to get educated about water systems, their challenges and to be informed about what organizations are trying to do to solve our big water problems. It is also a day for us to raise awareness with our elected leaders and say, with one voice, that these are big problems that won’t be solved in a silo. We need leadership at every level if we want to secure a better future for the millions of Americans who don’t have reliable water service today and ensure a reliable water future for generations to come. Investing in water is investing in a future where no American will have to imagine a day without water.

 

Please join Specification Rubber Products in spreading awareness. Tell us what a day without water would mean for you or share an experience!

Specification Rubber Products Proudly Takes Part in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This October, Specification Rubber Products, once again, is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
  • If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. Most importantly, encourage the women in your life, your wife, mother, sisters, friends, etc. to get screened.

There are some things in life we can’t change. But sometimes we can influence the outcome. 

Specification Rubber Products stands with those affected by breast cancer by donating a percentage of our October sales to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and will also be collecting donations and supplies for our local cancer center. Please join us in the fight by donating today.

Resources we want to share.

Beyond The Shock is a free, comprehensive, online guide to understanding breast cancer. It is a resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, a place for loved ones to gain a better understanding of the disease, and a tool for doctors to share information.

NBCF is dedicated to delivering comprehensive, educational information on breast health and healthy living. From understanding the importance of early detection to knowing how to prepare for a mammogram, NBCF’s online resources and guides aim to empower women and men with useful information.

Information about free or low-cost mammogram screening programs is available through NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-422-6237.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides access to breast cancer screening services to underserved women in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 U.S. territories, and 12 tribal organizations.

And for our homegrown Alabama women: Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

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