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Plant Tour: Southern Michigan Rubber

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Planning for Disaster - Lessons Learned from Southern Michigan Rubber

Event location: Southern Michigan Rubber, Three Rivers, MI


On June 5, 2013, disaster struck at Southern Michigan Rubber (SMR) when a fire began in the dust collection system. The fire quickly spread and caused damage to over 70 percent of the facility. Not one employee was hurt, and they fulfilled all their customer orders. Through the process of recovery and rebuilding SMR has learned many lessons, added state-of-the-art fire suppression systems and completely revamped their disaster recovery plan.

Southern Michigan Rubber was established in 1990 by the Riley family who has over 100 years of combined experience in the rubber industry. This experience includes management, quality control, customer service, engineering, costing, compounding, troubleshooting and plant maintenance. SMR specializes in ASTM and Mil Spec. requirements, and routinely performs lathe-cutting, extruding and compression/transfer molding.

During this plant tour event, executives from ARPM member companies and special guests will have an opportunity to tour the reconstructed facility in Three Rivers, Michigan, while increasing their knowledge of what disaster recovery looks like. During the tour, participating executives will gain new ideas and have the opportunity to evaluate their disaster plan and review their business continuity plan in the face of disaster.

Innovation Series Continues during Plant Tour

Included in the Southern Michigan Rubber Plant Tour and as a continuation of the Innovation Series, ARDL will be presenting on Compound Development and Problem Solving in the Rubber Industry.  This presentation gives a brief overview of the process of selecting a material or developing a compound for a given application. It then discusses the idea of characterizing the selected compound for raw material substitutions or for future use in failure analysis. Lastly, some basic steps for failure/root cause analysis as well as some potential testing protocols are discussed.

This plant tour will take place at Southern Michigan Rubber, 10298 M-60 West, Three Rivers, MI 49093.

Hotel information:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

1207 W. Broadway Street

Three Rivers, MI 49093

Call 888-695-4678 and use group code "ARP" or mention it is part of the ARPM group block - Expires August 2, 2019

Room Rate - $125.99

Why should you attend a plant tour? 

Plant tours offer ARPM members the opportunity to visit other best-in-class manufacturing facilities across the country. Plant tour events allow members to witness firsthand how others are approaching challenges and find innovative solutions. Read our plant tour guide here. 


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