April 2019  |  Vol. 71, No. 2 
TLARGI is a Subdivision of the Rubber Division, ACS
Greetings to all and welcome to the 91st annual April Newsletter. I want to thank everyone who attended our February Dinner Meeting themed Casino Night. We met in the Phoenix Club's Pavilion Room which was well-appointed with up-lighting and draped linens. It was a very nice setting for a night of casino gaming. We had a great time and there were some big winners! The TIPS meeting, which was organized by our Technical Committee Chairman Ragin Amrutiya, featured guest speaker Jose Gonzalez from RDAbbott who presented the "Application and Technology of Light-weight Silicone Rubber Materials."

TLARGI's Basic Rubber Technology course welcomed a new graduating class on March 14th. Instructors Rick Ziebell and Matt Rogers presented the 20-week course to 36 students. We thank Rick and Matt for their continued dedication to the class. TLARGI would also like to thank WACKER SILMIX ®CA, HEXPOL Compounding, M.R. Mold & Engineering, West American Rubber Co., and R & S Processing for opening their facilities for class tours. We'd also like to thank guest speakers Don Bowman and Kevin Kulbaba for bringing their expertise to the class.

Our next Dinner Meeting will be April 2nd at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel. We'll start the evening with a TIPS Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Scott Van Remortal of Sibelco will be speaking on "Durable Non-silica Mineral Filler Options for Silicone Elastomers, Properties of Nepheline Syenite and History of Substitution as the Low Silica Alternative." This technical presentation will be followed by our dinner meeting, plus an entertaining performance from the Tap Room Quartet featuring our very own Chairman-Elect Graham Pence.

We're all looking forward to the Summer Conference which is just a few short months away. The Summer Conference Committee, led by Graham Pence and Sarah Aguilar, will be taking us to Paso Robles on the weekend of June 7 - 9. This is a new location for TLARGI and we're all excited for the new adventure. For more details about this conference, please click this link.

2019 is now in full swing and there's been a lot of work to put together a year's worth of meetings and activities. I want to thank the Board of Directors and all the Committee Chairs and Committee Members for their work and commitment to making TLARGI a successful organization.

Darren Marcoux
2019 TLARGI Chairman  

2019 Basic Rubber Technology Course 
The evening of March 14, 2019, marked a very special moment for TLARGI when 36 graduates received diplomas for completing our Basic Rubber Technology Course. This course is foundational to TLARGI's history and exemplifies our mission to promote growth through educational and technical activities. Co-instructors Rick Ziebell and Matt Rogers worked diligently to provide improved metrics for student performance and continued to integrate new relevance to the 20-week curriculum. These 2019 graduates performed strongly throughout the course. New enrollment begins this fall. The class fills quickly, so plan to enroll early if you're planning to participate.   
April 2019 Dinner Meeting 
April 2, 2019  |  6:00 p.m.

Join us for dinner and hear a special musical performance from the Tap Room Quartet. It is sure to be a treat.

All attending members will also receive their copies of the 2018/2019 TLARGI Yearbook and Directory.

( Important note: The yearbooks will NOT be mailed, so be sure to attend the April Dinner Meeting or send a representative to pick up your yearbooks.)  

April TIPS
April 2, 2019  |  5:30 p.m.

Come hear Scott Van Remortel of Sibelco speak on "Durable Non-Silica Mineral Filler Options for Silicone Elastomers, Properties of Nepheline Syenite and History of Substitution as the Low Silica Alternative."


TLARGI's Triple Crown: A Royal Ascot 
2019 Summer Conference
June 7 - 9, 2019
For the first time, TLARGI is headed to the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Paso Robles for its annual Summer Conference. Whether you go wine tasting, relax by the pool, play some golf, or tour Hearst Castle, you'll definitely find a way to relax and enjoy the weekend with your fellow TLARGIans. Register and pay by May 7th to be eligible for the Early Bird Pricing.

Christmas Party 
December 7, 2019

Save the date for the 2019 TLARGI Christmas Party with Vanity Fair on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa. 

June 8: Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles

August 12: Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia

September 16: GLTPC Scholarship Tournament at the Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills

November 4: Location TBD


Rubber Division, ACS,
Training Opportunities

To learn more about the current training opportunities available through the Rubber Division, ACS, visit their web page .


Advertising with TLARGI
If your organization is interested in advertising on the website or in our newsletter, please contact Cindy LeClair at cindy@viprubber.com.

TIPS Presenters  
If you're interested in presenting at a TIPS Meeting or the 2019 Technical Conference, please submit abstracts to Dr. Ragin Amrutiya at Ragin.Amrutiya@wacker.com for consideration. 

Current Events or Member Updates 
If you have current events or member updates to share, please send them to Doug Limkeman at  doug_limkeman@hmroyal.com for consideration.  
Complimentary Mailing List   
Normally at their April meeting, the TLARGI Board approves the mailing list for the TLARGI newsletter to non-members. Nominees generally include advertisers, scholarship recipients, and scholarship donors. If you have nominations for this list, please send their names and contact information to Gabriel Gonzalez at ggonzalez@RDAbbott.com

The Los Angeles Rubber Group, Inc. (TLARGI) mission is to promote the professional growth of those associated with the local rubber and affiliated industries and to meet the needs of companies and academic centers that support its members through educational, technical, and networking activities.