February 2015  |  Vol. 67, No. 1
Congratulations new Board, Chair, and Committee members. Thank you 2014 Board and Committees for your dedication and outstanding service with Chairman Eddie Gonzales! And welcome to our new members!! (I cannot stress enough the importance of cultivating new members.) Lastly, a special thanks to all the Christmas prize donors!

It is an honor and privilege to serve as your new Chairman and I look forward to a rewarding and successful year with this premier Rubber Group. It is truly the members' commitment and contributions throughout 2015 that will bring value to all TLARGIANS. As I'm writing my first "message," it is 80 degrees outside in the dead of winter. What could be better than So Cal? It's no wonder why TLARGI is the best!  

Speaking of the best, the final touches are being made to the TLARGI Yearbook, which is always a first-class publication. Copies will be distributed at the April Dinner meeting. I am also pleased to announce our newly formatted e-newsletter and the official launch of our new TLARGI website. Together, these integrative and user-friendly tools are equipped to handle online reservations, registrations, payments, and a host of other services; and should provide an unprecedented level of communication to TLARGI. Check out the new website at www.tlargi.org. What valuable resources and tools they will be for all!   

Having said that, I look forward to our Casino/Spouse's Night on February 3. Reservations should be a slam dunk on the new website. (No excuses!) For the golfers, don't forget Goose Creek on February 9. And there's still time to register for the Advanced Rubber Technology Courses being presented by the Rubber Division, ACS, February 24-27. (Spots are limited, so reserve yours today.)

Thank you for your support!

Larry Clarke
2015 TLARGI Chairman


Casino/Spouse's Night
February 3, 2015  |  6:00 p.m.

You and your significant other are invited to join fellow TLARGI members for an evening of dinner and friendly gambling at this year's Casino Night. Don't miss out on the fun as couples try their luck at games like Poker, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and more!

February TIPS Meetings
February 3, 2015  |  5:00 p.m.

Come hear Ricky Magee present information on Carbon Black Technology. Ricky is the Director of Technical Services and Quality Systems for Aditya Birla Carbon.

February Golf Tournament
February 9, 2015  |  10:00 a.m.

Join us at the Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma. We need 40 golfers to make this tournament possible. Reserve your spot(s) today!

Advanced Rubber Technology Courses by the Rubber Division, ACS
February 24 - 27, 2015 

There's still time to register and spots are limited. To learn more or to register for these courses, click the link below or contact Christie Robinson at crobinson@rubber.org.


Summer Conference


June 5 - 7 at the Golden Nugget in

Las Vegas, Nevada  



April 6 (Location TBD)

June 6 at the Summer Conference

August 10 at Los Verdes Golf Course

September 7 GLTPC Sponsorship Tournament at California Country Club

November 2 at Western Hills Country Club


New Leadership

Welcome to our 2015 TLARGI Board and Committee Chairmen.

New Memberships

Spencer Bagan, National Sales Manager, MonTech Rubber Testing Solutions

Kenzie Bagan, Account Manager,
MonTech Rubber Testing Solutions

Deonta Faulkner, Accounting Clerk,
R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.

Eddie Uvence, Warehouseman,
R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.

Felipe Escamilla, Lab Technician,
R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.
Jennifer Crawley, Product Manager,
R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.

Bruce Bartlett, Key Accounts and Marketing Manager, Showa Denko America, Inc.

Denny Sideri, National Sales Manager, Stemaco U.S.A., Inc.

Dave Schlothauer, Chief Financial Officer,
Valley Processing

Stephen Lautenschlager, Chief Operating Officer, Valley Processing

TIPS Presenters
If you're interested in presenting at a TIPS Meeting or at the 2015 Technical Conference, please submit abstracts to Jim Harmon at jim_harmon@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 email their names and contact information to Jennifer Perez at jperez@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.