February 2016  |  Vol. 68, No. 1
Dear Fellow Members:

I hope you had a great holiday season and that you enjoyed our elegant Christmas Ball in Costa Mesa. The 2015 Board and Committees did an outstanding job under the leadership of Chairman Larry Clarke.

It's been an honor to serve on the Board of this prestigious group these last five years and I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be your 2016 Chairman. As in previous years, TLARGI has a very motivated team of Officers, Directors , and Committee members in place. Having an engaged team is also a key goal of mine for 2016. Together, we'll continue to provide the same networking and professional development opportunities, as well as the placement and scholarship services you've benefited from over the years.  

Our dinner meetings and TIPS sessions will continue to be held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, starting with the Casino/Spouse's Night on February 2. Featured events for the year include the Summer Conference from June 3-5, followed by the Oktoberfest and Technical Conference on October 4, and concluding with (our largest event of the year) the Christmas Party on December 3. And don't forget the golf tournaments. More details about each tournament is listed below.

Throughout the year, we'll keep you informed of all meetings and events with our newsletters and website (tlargi.org). In April, we'll distribute our well-known TLARGI Yearbook & Directory and we hope you will attend our technical meetings and rubber courses for the latest products and developments in our industry.

Thank you to all who completed our membership survey this past December; 55 members responded and Melan Hall, Dan Pratt, and John Pitt won the $100 VISA gift cards. Your suggestions are necessary to ensure that we're providing the best events, activities, and services. Our focus this year is increasing participation and satisfaction with all events.

Again, we value your continued support and membership.

Sincerely Yours,

Christian Groche
2016 TLARGI Chairman


February Golf Tournament

February TIPS Meeting
February 2, 2016  |  5:30 p.m.

Come hear Alex Futter present information on Plasticizers for Automotive Applications. Alex is an Account Manager for The Hallstar Company.

February Casino/Spouse's Night
February 2, 2016  |  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 the 2016 Casino Night. Don't miss out on the fun as couples try their luck at games like Poker, Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and more!


Save the dates. More details to be  
announced soon...

Summer Conference
June 3-5, 2016

Christmas Party
December 3, 2016 | Westin South Coast Plaza


April 4 at Oak Quarry Golf Club

June 4 at the Summer Conference

August 1 at Los Verdes Golf Course

September 5: GLTPC Scholarship Tournament at California Country Club

November 7 at Western Hills Country Club


New Leadership

Welcome to our 2016 TLARGI Board and Committee Chairmen.

(Important note: The Committee Chairmen photos will be updated on the website soon; their contact information, however, is current.) 

New Memberships

Amanda Chase, Account Manager, MonTechUSA

Dan Byrne, General Manager, Bellofram

Derek Ellis,
Application Specialist, MonTechUSA

Krista Toutant,
Product Manager,
R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.

Paul Krivos, National Sales Manager,
ITW Fluids North America

Rick Mowdy
of Tax & Financial Group

Willy Albrecht, Supply Chain Manager, Wacker Silmix California

Industry Updates 
Goodyear Rubber has gone GREEN! 3800 solar panels have been added to the roof of the main building and parking lot.

Ian Begley of Vanderbilt Chemicals has been promoted to Global Business Manager, Minerals. He and Joy will be relocating to Connecticut as part of the change.

John Dick of Alpha Technologies will be presenting the following rheology courses March 2-3 at R.D. Abbott's Cerritos location: 
  • Basic Introduction Course to Rubber/Polymer Rheology
  • Advanced Course on Rubber/Polymer Rheology and Processability Testing
The cost is $400 per course (per person) or $750 for both courses. To learn more, contact Alpha Technologies at (800) 356-9886 or email john.dick@alpha-technologies.com. 


Advertising in 2016 Newsletters 
If your organization is interested in advertising in the TLARGI Newsletter, contact Tom Martin at tom.martin@rdabbott.com (and cc: Kristina DeCesare at kristina@aurorarubber.com)

TIPS Presenters  
If you're interested in presenting at a TIPS Meeting or at the 2016 Technical Conference, please submit abstracts to Jeff Bahash at jbahash@rdabbott.com for consideration. 

Current Events or Member Updates 
If you have current events or member updates to share, please send them to Alan Gordon at agordon@mrpvalleyprocessing.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 Darren Marcoux at darrenm@viprubber.com.

Akrochem Corp.
Aurora Rubber & Distribution
Charles E. Lake
Daniel and Jody Davis
Dorsett and Jackson Inc.
Gerald Wicker
Global Elastomeric Products
Goodyear Rubber Co.
H.M. Royal
HB Chemical Corp.
Ian Begley
John W. and Althea Arensmeyer
KDL Precision
Leland and Sandra Tate
Lintech International
Lois McKinney
M.R. Mold
Margaret O'Donnell
Martin Rubber
Precision Mfg. & Rubber Co.
Primetech Silicones
R & R Rubber Molding
R & S Processing Co.
R.D. Abbott Co., Inc.
Rainer Rubber Co.
S & H Rubber
Santa Fe Rubber
Scott Tinker
Specialized Sales Corp.
T.L. Squire & Co.  
VIP Rubber & Plastics
West American Rubber Co.
Zeon Chemicals

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.