November 2015  |  Vol. 67, No. 6
Hard to believe we are well into autumn, with the holidays just around the corner! And what a great way for TLARGI to celebrate by hosting the annual Oktoberfest, Mini Expo, and Technical Conference at the Phoenix Club. It was a wonderful turnout for all three events! Hats off to all the participating suppliers for their support of TLARGI. The Technical Conference offered diverse and technically-rich subject matter, with speakers who traveled from near and far to present.

Next up is the November Golf Tournament on November 2 at Western Hills Country Club, followed by the November Dinner Meeting on November 3 at the Phoenix Club. You won't want to miss either event! The Dinner Meeting will also include a TIPS session and an announcement of the current 2016 TLARGI Board candidates.
After that, be on the lookout during the first week of November for a TLARGI email with instructions for submitting your ballot online. (If you'd prefer a paper ballot, please contact Eddie Gonzales at or (562) 373-6985 and provide your name and mailing address.) Your participation in this election is critical and greatly appreciated.

You can also be on the lookout for a short membership survey request from the TLARGI Board. We'd like to know what you value most in TLARGI so this organization can be best served.

Last but certainly not least, the 2015 TLARGI Christmas Party will be held at the Westin South Coast Plaza on Saturday, December 5. It promises to be a grand and formal event not to be missed! A lot of hard work from many volunteers goes into making this event a success. Get your reservations in NOW. It will be here before you know it!  

Thank you again for your support.


Larry Clarke
2015 TLARGI Chairman


November Golf Tournament

November TIPS Meeting
November 3, 2015  |  5:30 p.m.

Come hear Larry Mize share about two new low temperature FKM products from 3M.

November Dinner Meeting
November 3, 2015  |  6:00 p.m.

Join us for dinner and enjoy catching up with your TLARGI friends and colleagues. Be sure to register by Thursday, October 29, to receive the $30 dinner rate for members.

Golden Christmas Ball
December 5, 2015  |  6:00 p.m.

Join us for a special formal evening with dinner, dancing, and prizes. It will be a black tie affair at The Westin South Coast Plaza. Reserve your spot(s) before November 6.


2016 Elections

If you're interested in getting involved in a 2016 committee, please contact Eddie Gonzales at or (562) 373-6985.
New this year, a complete summary of the candidates will be emailed to membership in the first week of November, with a link to submit your ballot online.

If you would prefer a paper ballot, please contact Eddie Gonzales and provide your name and mailing address. (Eddie's contact information is listed above.)

New Memberships
Andrew Rurik, Video & Social Media Marketing Specialist, R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDA)

Bryan Soltysik, Estimator, VIP Rubber & Plastics Co., Inc. (VIP)

Darci Byrd, Customer Service Representative, VIP

Jackie Gandara, Customer Service Representative, VIP

James Gonzalez, Receiving, VIP

Jeff Mitzner, Vice President - Key Accounts, Trans Western Chemicals

Jeremy Francken, Quality Manager, HEXPOL Compounding

John Kirsch, Vice President, Trans Western Chemicals

Kristina DiCesare, Customer Service Representative, Aurora Rubber & Distribution

Michael J. Trojan, President, Brandywine Technology Sales, LLC

Mike Cook, Account Manager, Trans Western Chemicals

Tania Mendoza, Customer Service Representative, RDA

Val Roman, President, Roman Global Resources, Inc.

Industry Updates
John Dick of Alpha Technologies will be presenting the following rheology courses October 28−29 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

"Golfer of the Year"

The following individuals are up for Golfer of the Year: Rolf Ahonen, Howard Vipperman, Charles Wong, Dean Detsen, Darren Marcoux, Steve Willett, Steve Scheuermann and Russ Martin

Southern California Golf Association

For 2016, TLARGI Golf Club will pay for your membership with the SCGA. If you've been playing without an SCGA index, NOW is your chance to establish a handicap. If you already have a SCGA index, just provide your number for handicap verification. We will be entering our scores in their system and tracking handicaps for our TLARGI Golfer of the Year.

2016 Membership Dues
Don't forget to send your membership dues to Gabe Gonzalez by January 1, 2016, and keep in mind that any new members who apply in August, September, October, November, or December become members for the balance of 2015 and for 2016. If you have any questions, contact Gabe at

Advertising in 2016
There's no time like the present to reserve your advertising space. If your organization is interested in advertising in the TLARGI Newsletter or 2015/2016 Yearbook and Directory, please contact the following individuals:

For the Yearbook: Contact Beth Sepulveda at

For the Newsletter: Contact Tom Martin at (and cc: Amy Congo at

Current Events or Member Updates
If you have current events or member updates you'd like to share, please send them to Doug Limkeman at for consideration.

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 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

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.