Honoring our Leaders on Presidents Day

 

Why do we celebrate President’s Day?

 

George Washington’s Birthday was first celebrated as a holiday in the District of Columbia in 1880. It was made a federal holiday in 1885. The holiday was originally held on the anniversary of George Washington’s birth on February 22, 1732. In 1971, this holiday was moved to the third Monday in February and shifted from recognizing only George Washington’s birthday to include that of Abraham Lincoln’s, who was born on February 12, 1809. Over time, however, across most of the US, the holiday has become a day to honor all presidents, past and present.

 

What about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made them stand out among all the great men in our country’s history? The answer is loaded with opinion. But what we know from history books is that both were men of high integrity. These men were not perfect, but both cared undoubtedly about people. George Washington was known for being a genius in leadership. He built relationships with the men under his authority and they followed a leader who treated them with respect, regardless of rank. Abraham Lincoln is remembered as Honest Abe. Honesty is a valuable attribute that is many times misplaced in our world today. Abraham Lincoln led our nation with a heart rooted in truth.

 

What does their legacy mean for us this Presidents Day in 2019?

 

Specification Rubber Products encourages you, not to only look at our nation’s past and current leaders, but at yourself. Our leadership wants to lead in a way that is honorable. When we exemplify strong leadership through the same attributes of Washington and Lincoln, it changes the atmosphere and the quality of our work in our company as a whole. And like we’ve said before, it starts at home. Lead your family well. When you do this, you are raising up other strong leaders who will follow in your footsteps. Be what you want our country’s leaders to be. Teach others how to lead, no matter their profession or position. If even a few begin to do this, it has the potential to spread. And definitely lead well at work. It doesn’t matter if you are the lowest on the totem pole; the best leaders are born in servanthood.

 

Both well-remembered presidents treated others whom they encountered with honesty, humility, courage, justice, and grace. Washington and Lincoln knew how to serve and thus knew how to lead.

 

Be inspired to further develop the character qualities emphasized at the Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development:

Honesty – striving for dealing with individuals and situations fairly and with truth
Empathy – showing concern and attempting to understand the feelings of others
Humility – working for the betterment of others, and in the interest of others over self
Perseverance – showing hope and determination in the face of defeats and loss
Courage – bravely standing for what is right in the face of opposition and personal fears
Intellect – continually learning all one can about the world around us
Vision – being governed by a firm set of principles & attainable ideas about the future
Responsibility – willingness to work hard and to do one’s duty as a citizen
Leadership – showing an ability to lead others in service and with justice & fairness

 

Happy Presidents Day from Specification Rubber Products.

Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a well-known name in Alabama. We know his face and his “I have a Dream” speech. The rock group, U2, wrote a song called “Pride” about his assassination and Patty Griffin sang a beautiful song about the speech he gave the day before that assassination called “Up to the Mountain.” Martin Luther King has been honored in many ways since his death on April 4, 1968.

King saw equality firsthand the summer before he started college when he worked on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. He wrote to his parents saying, “Blacks and whites go to the same church” and, “I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere.” That summer undoubtedly fueled his passion for justice. Where most people fight to get what they want, King went after freedom, justice, peace, and equality with a non-violent, compelling firmness. He was a minister who understood God’s command to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31) and the truth that God does not look at the outward appearance like we do. Instead, He looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

How can we continue to honor a man who left behind a strong legacy of conviction? By adopting that conviction. Everything is a choice. Choose to give people a chance. Choose to judge them by their actions instead of their appearance. Choose to turn the “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Be one person who works to turn that around.

Specification Rubber Products was built by men and women who live out Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream and continue to strive to love their neighbors. Help us honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by practicing what he lost his life for; freedom, justice, peace, and equality.

Take time to reflect before 2019 begins

The New Year evokes hope. It presents the best opportunity to make new resolutions, revisit old ones, resolve to better yourself, and strive to go after your dreams. Embrace a new year with a restored belief in second chances, renewed energy, and a readiness to take on new challenges.

Entering the New Year with educated resolve better prepares us for resolution success. Taking a hard look at oneself isn’t easy, but it is beneficial. Spend some time thinking through what you want to accomplish in 2019. Maybe you want to improve organizational skills, communication, work ethic, planning, personal and professional relationships, dedication; whatever is on your list will take a little work.

Specification Rubber Products is challenging our families to look back in order to move forward. We believe that the past is an excellent teacher that can keep us from repeating shortcomings. Contemplating simple questions is a great way to begin a new journey.

What goals did you set for yourself last New Year?
Why and how did some of those goals fall between the cracks?
What unexpected life events and changes took place?
● What could you have done differently?
● What contributed to your successes?
Were your relationships healthy ones?
What did you learn about yourself this past year?

We challenge our Specification Rubber Products family and you to look back so you can step forward with clear vision and refreshed resolve to succeed in the New Year. Join us in taking time to reflect before stepping into 2019. Then, enter the New Year with inspiring confidence and purpose.

Happy New Year, everyone.

What feelings arise when you think about Christmas?

Christmas means different things to different people. For many, it means time off to spend with
family and friends. For most children, it means presents under the tree and an abundance of
sweets. For some, it is a celebration of the birth of their Savior. For others, it is a melancholy time
where loved ones who have passed on are sorely missed. The Christmas season can hold a
mixture of meanings and evoke a variety of feelings for us all.

The Specification Rubber Products family would like to wish you a warm and peaceful holiday
season.

May your table be surrounded with love and good conversation. May laughter echo as memories
are being recalled and new ones made. May the gap between generations be bridged as the
differences melt away for one special day. May traditions be passed on. May reconciliation
replace old grudges. May the food be the best you’ve ever tasted. And if you can, steal away for a
moment, while soaking in the sounds behind you, to look out the window into the beauty of the
cold evening displayed quietly in front of you, and let your heart be thankful for all you have been
given.

Merry Christmas from Specification Rubber Products.

Welcome to the Specification Rubber Products Family

 

Specification Rubber Products welcomes our newest family member, Jeff Picklesimer. Jeff’s
strong background in coaching, teaching, developing programs, and training has prepared him
to join our team as our Training and Development Specialist. Jeff will be responsible for
developing and administering our company training strategy and overseeing its
implementation.

At Specification Rubber Products, we follow a thorough hiring process. We understand our
company can only perform at its best when we have the best fit in each position. We strive for
our employee family to feel confident and comfortable in their roles. As we seek to recruit and
hire the right fit, we focus on more than just their performance. We care about the person.
Join us in welcoming Jeff and learning a little more about him.

Jeff Picklesimer has been married to his wife Suzanne for 38 years. They have 2 grown
children. Their daughter, Megan is 29 years old and is married to her husband, Bart. They gave
Jeff and Suzanne their first granddaughter, Bennett who is a whopping 3 years old. Jeff and
Suzanne’s son, Hunter is a young Civil Engineer at the age of 25 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Jeff loves to hunt, fish, golf, and root for Alabama Football. He has a passion for coaching and
teaching and even coached his children through youth sports. Jeff is a Deacon at Liberty Baptist
Church in Chelsea, Alabama and serves as Communications Leader for their Sunday School
classes. Jeff also oversees the ushers for the early service.

We look forward to Jeff utilizing his proven leadership skills to help Specification Rubber
Products grow by creating a positive environment for learning, providing new training and
structure, and refining and improving our processes. Welcome to the team, Jeff!

The Power of Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, Specification Rubber Products asks that you join us in exploring what it means to be thankful. It is easy to fall into the habit of just listing the same things each year, instead of truly reflecting on the things we are thankful for. Join us as we challenge ourselves to a higher road.

There is power in gratitude. Everyone has access to it, but few grab hold. You attain it by realizing it’s a choice. You can let the events of the day control you or you can control your day. We all know disgruntled people. If you listen to them talk, you can pinpoint some key characteristics. They complain, criticize, and compare.

Complaining is the opposite of being thankful.

Criticizing blocks our view from seeing the good and can be a way of making ourselves feel superior when we feel inferior. This tactic creates enemies.

Comparing will destroy us. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” When you start comparing your work, marriage, life, material possessions, etc., to others, it will definitely render you unhappy.

Choosing thankfulness takes practice. Nobody chooses to be ungrateful on purpose, but it’s usually much easier to complain. But when you realize the power of choosing, you change your life and inevitably the lives of those closest to you. Happiness and misery are both contagious. What do you want to spread to those around you? What emotions do you wish to live with? Don’t fall victim to an unthankful heart.

Specification Rubber Products is challenging our company to make a shift this Thanksgiving. We understand the importance of family. Therefore we know it starts at home. We are challenging our SRP family to be thankful for their spouse, their home, their quality of life, and anything they may feel unsatisfied with. This thankfulness for the things outside of work then spills over into our work.

We are thankful for each and every employee, from the leadership to the production team. We are thankful for our customers, suppliers, and the industries we serve who make Specification Rubber Products possible. We are thankful for our products and what they make possible across many industries. We are thankful to celebrate 50 years of producing quality products. We are thankful for you and hope you join us in grabbing hold of the power of Thanksgiving.

Specification Rubber Products will halt production operations the week of Thanksgiving so our employees have time to spend with their families to celebrate and explore what it means to be thankful.

Join us to Honor Those who have Served

 

This Veterans Day marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Originally called Armistice Day, this federal holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. At that time, it became a day to honor all men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States of America.

Veterans Day provides an opportunity to honor and show appreciation to those who are currently serving or have served in the military.

A veteran’s sacrifice is unmatched. Veterans are men and women who have placed service to our country above their own comfort, personal dreams, and even their loved ones. While we may never be able to repay them, we can honor them for this sacrifice. How do you truly honor a veteran? We hope you’ll join the Specification Rubber Products family in some of these suggestions to pay tribute to the ones who have given so much.

  • Show up to a parade or event honoring our veterans. Stand and clap for them.
  • Fly a flag. They fought hard for those stars and stripes; fly it proudly.
  • Ask them about their time in the service and just listen, giving your full attention.
  • Acknowledge their sacrifice with a thank you card or any creative display of appreciation.
  • Visit them in their home, on the street, or VA facility.
  • Write a letter and send a care package to someone currently serving.
  • Donate to the wonderful organizations that offer support, services, and appreciation to our veterans.
  • Volunteer your time to a Veteran’s Service Organization.
  • Shake a veteran’s hand.
  • Smile. A simple smile can speak volumes.
  • Resolve to honor our veterans throughout the year, not just on Veterans Day.

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

Specification Rubber Products Stands with those Affected by Breast Cancer

Employees of Specification Rubber Products wearing Pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer has plagued humans for millennia, but awareness has increased dramatically in recent decades. Specification Rubber Products cares about Breast Cancer Awareness because we have moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, mothers-in-law, friends, and daughters who have been affected by this disease. We are committed to doing our part to help individuals understand the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Consider these statistics from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
  • More than 40,500 diagnosed women will die this year.
  • An estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed and approximately 460 will die.
  • 1 woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes.
  • 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

While those statistics are daunting, they have improved dramatically in recent years! The money raised through breast cancer awareness programs has funded research to better understand this disease. There are many types of cancer, and each type can respond differently in different individuals, so it is unlikely that there will ever be one simple “cure” for cancer. The good news is that there are already treatments and “cures” made possible by the generosity of people like you. Researches are now exploring our new understanding of the human genome to improve outcomes, and the research that needs to be funded in the coming years is showing more potential for breakthroughs and discovery than ever before.

Banners outside of the Specification Rubber Products Headquarters showing support for Breast Cancer Awareneness

The men and women of Specification Rubber Products stand together with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama in raising awareness and funding the basic research that is improving the outlook for moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, mothers-in-law, friends, and daughters across the globe.

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. Please join us in the fight by donating today.

Can You Imagine A Day Without Water?

America is a land of opportunity and progress where we don’t think twice about opening a refrigerator to grab a snack or stopping at a gas station to fill up our tank. We don’t question where most products come from or how everyday conveniences work.

We turn on the faucet at the kitchen sink without thinking about it, and water comes out. As Americans, we expect it. We all feel empathy for those who lack access to clean water, but have we really imagined life without clean water? What if nothing happened the next time you turned the faucet? What if you and your entire city went just ONE day without water?

One Day with No Water

Take a moment to imagine a day without water. You wake up, walk to the sink, turn on the faucet and nothing happens. You turn on the news, and nobody in the city has running water.
Many people would call in sick because of embarrassment over basic hygiene, and others would miss work when schools and daycares are unable to open. You might be able to look past the smell of your own unshowered body and unbrushed teeth, but the cumulative stench of your co-workers gets worse throughout the day. The determined individuals who do show up for work are in bad moods because there is no water for the coffee maker. By midafternoon, the whole office looks like an episode of The Walking Dead. It’s going to take at least a week to catch up after all of the lost productivity, but that is the least of your worries.

The restrooms have become a serious health hazard and more employees are clocking out early and heading home just to face the same frustrating issues there. Vital community services like fire departments and hospitals are severely impacted, resulting in a dramatic increase in life-threatening situations.

When you get home, the laundry and dishes are piling up, and the kids complain about a microwaved dinner. Finally, you put stinky kids to bed and turn on the news only to find out that things are worse than you had imagined. An individual burning brush in their backyard accidentally set their deck on fire. Normally this would have been extinguished quickly, but with no water, the fire spread from house to house destroying dozens of homes. Commercial cooling systems that rely on water are failing, and people living in retirement and nursing homes are in extreme jeopardy. Hospitals are overcrowded and are only accepting patients with the most life-threatening conditions.

The next morning, water is restored, but it will be weeks before life returns to normal. There are disease outbreaks due to the lack of normal hygiene. Some businesses fail due to critical lapses in their manufacturing processes and infrastructure. The truth is, we could never measure the loss of life or the financial cost of one day without water.

Helping Deliver Clean Water for 50 Years

Our modern world would likely come to a screeching halt within hours if we lost access to clean water. Constant access to clean, running water is something we take for granted. We don’t ever slow down long enough to think about life without it. Hopefully, this little thought experiment will be the closest that we ever come to a real day without water.

Specification Rubber Products exists to support our nation’s water infrastructure. For 50 years, Specification Rubber Products have supported the waterworks Industry by providing reliable, high quality, domestically manufactured, certified gaskets and sealing solutions. We look forward to playing a role in clean water delivery for years to come.

Celebrating 50 Years!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1968, in the small, then rural town of Alabaster, Alabama, Specification Rubber Products celebrated the opening of an 18,000-square-foot facility to produce rubber gaskets for nearby cast iron pipe companies. At the time, Birmingham-area cast iron pipe manufacturers produced 75 percent of the cast iron water pipe manufactured in the U.S. that today makes up much of the country’s water infrastructure.

 The vision: to supply a vital product to the waterworks industry; to provide reliable and meaningful work for area residents; and to be a responsible and valued neighbor to the local community. Fifty years later, the company, still nestled in the heart of the popular Birmingham suburb, continues to serve the waterworks industry, as well as others, including mining, agriculture and energy. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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