Unlike other members of the sales team, Jordan Langley’s background isn’t fabrication, manufacturing, or rubber. “I was actually the supplemental insurance agent for Sioux Rubber when a sales position at the company opened up,” said Langley. “They thought I’d be a good fit, and I agreed.”
Every year, Sioux Rubber & Urethane attends the , an annual convention hosted by the Grain Elevator and Processing Society to help professionals in the worldwide grain industry make new connections, find solutions, and learn about new technologies. This year the event was hosted in Kansas City, and we sent Derek DeGroot, Jordan Langley, and Joe Wren to man our booth on the showroom floor.
Some things are just meant to go together. Rubber and urethane, for one. Two things that never go together, though? Bare metal forklift clamps and inventory.
Sioux Rubber & Urethane was approached by a national grain processing company to help improve the lifespan of their steel idler rollers at their local soybean processing facility. Idler rollers provide a rolling service for the grain belts to glide on as they transfer grain at large installations; while they are easy to replace, the overall process and expense to do so was starting to add up.
There are many unpredictable elements to working in the seed and grain processing industry. Hail can decimate entire fields. Droughts can dry up yields. Failed equipment can eat into whatever profit margins there are left. While weather, weeds, and pests are often (if not always) out of our control, there are some factors against which we can predictably guard, and equipment wear and tear is one of them.
There is never a dull moment at Sioux Rubber & Urethane. One moment we are curing our trademarked for the cardboard packaging industry, the next moment we are developing rollers and . And then there are days like today when we can talk about making water bullets and how they instantly, completely, and temporarily seal high-pressure fluid pipes.
Sales Managers Derek DeGroot and Jordan Langley headed down to sunny Orlando, Florida last month to Sioux Rubber & Urethane’s first foray into the SuperCorr Expo, the largest gathering of vendors and corrugated solution seekers in the Western Hemisphere. They joined more than 300 industry suppliers and thousands of industry leaders from 70 countries for a four-day event spearheaded by the corrugated industry’s two leading associations, TAPPI and AICC.
Since we introduced the HawkPad for our cardboard honeycomb packaging customers, we’ve been making more HawkPads than ever. As the premier press pad for commercial die-cutting applications, its unique ratio of multi-layered hardwood to custom-blended urethane gives it a hardness, thickness, and durability unlike any other press pad on the market.
Sioux Rubber & Urethane recently partnered with one of the largest paper-based honeycomb manufacturers in the U.S. to pit the HawkPad against one of the toughest die-cutting environments in the industry.