October 2015  |  Vol. 67, No. 5
Hope you had a great summer filled with time for family, vacation, discovery, and relaxing!

Don't look now, but fall has arrived. That means the Technical Conference, Oktoberfest and Mini-Expo. But before we get to that, the Basic Rubber Technology course started September 10th at R.D. Abbott's headquarters in Cerritos. This class and its instructors provide so much value. I highly recommend it to anyone in the rubber industry. (You won't be disappointed!)

The annual GLTPC Scholarship Golf Tournament was held September 14th at the California Country Club in Whittier. It is always a well-attended event for such a worthy endeavor: Fundraising for student scholarships! This is a big part of who TLARGI is and what our members do in the name of helping students. Thank you for your support!

The Technical Conference, Oktoberfest and Mini-Expo are coming up on October 6th at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. You definitely don't want to miss this TLARGI Meeting! Come promote your company and visit others at the Mini-Expo, and enjoy the camaraderie with your peers at the Oktoberfest. The Technical Conference has an impressive line-up of guest speakers with a diverse array of subject matter. These speakers plan to share some of the latest technology developments in the rubber industry. The Oktoberfest Dinner will also feature the initial introduction of your 2016 TLARGI Board candidates.

Come November, we have the final Golf Tournament of the year on Monday, November 2nd (at Western Hills Country Club) and the final Dinner Meeting the very next day.

Last, but certainly not least, is the grand event of the year: The 87th Annual TLARGI Christmas Party. Themed 'A Golden Christmas Ball,' this black-tie affair will be held December 5th at the Westin South Coast Hotel in Costa Mesa.

Mark your calendars and plan accordingly! 


Larry Clarke
2015 TLARGI Chairman


2015 Technical Conference
October 6, 2015  |  1:30 p.m.

This year's Technical Conference is shaping up to be a great success. Sign up today and look forward to hearing from reputable speakers with Akrochem, Dow Corning, HallStar, LANXESS, and the SI Group.

2015 Oktoberfest & Mini Expo
October 6, 2015  |  5:00 p.m.

Come find out about new products and innovations; meet with technical experts; and get caught up with friends and colleagues. Reserve your spot(s) today!

November Golf Tournament

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

Save the date. More details to come soon.

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 2.


New Memberships
Adam Kronenberger, Account Manager,
R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDA)

James Marmolejo, Sales Representative,
Lusida Rubber Products

Jon Gerber, Accountant, RDA

Jordan Gutierrez, Account Manager, Momentive

Michael DiPino,
Senior Technical Service Manager, RDA 
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, email john.dick@alpha-technologies.com, or visit their web page

In Memoriam
Larry Westman of Westman Rubber Works passed away August 12, 2015. He was a long-term member of TLARGI and an active TLARGI Golf participant. His father, Walt Westman, founded Westman Rubber Works in Fountain Valley, CA, in the late 1960s, and operated it until 1990. Larry is survived by 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

Winners of the August Tournament

1st Place: Steve Willett
2nd Place: Steve Scheuermann
3rd Place: Russ Martin
Closest to Pin #3: Gary Lockwood
Closest to Pin #12: Darren Marcoux
Longest Putt #18: Ryan Kayoda

"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 to their system and tracking handicaps for our TLARGI Golfer of the Year.

GLTPC Scholarship Golf Tournament

40 golfers participated at this year's Scholarship Tournament and $6,700 was contributed to the TLARGI Undergraduate Scholarship Program. GLTPC thanks everyone who participated in the tournament.

The following corporate sponsors also helped to make this event a success:

Ace Calendaring Enterprise, Inc.

Aurora Rubber and Distribution
Martin Rubber Corp.
R.D. Abbott Co., Inc.
R & S Processing Co., Inc.
VIP Rubber Co., Inc.
Wacker Chemical - SILMIX®

First Place: Howard Vipperman, Greg Brooks, Barry Hofstetter, and Rudy Burbank

Second Place: Richard Posiviata, Alan Norman, Rich Getz, and Jay Clark

Longest Putt: Barry Hofstetter

Most Accurate Drive: Chuck Leopold

Closest to Pin: Steve Herman, Rick Harbaugh, Tom Martin, and Jay Clark

2016 Elections
If you're interested in getting involved in a committee or a board position, please contact Larry Clarke at larry_clarke@hmroyal.com. Candidates for the 2016 Board of Directors will be announced at the October and November meetings.

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, October, November, or December become members for the balance of 2015 and for 2016. If you have any questions, contact Gabe at ggonzalez@rdabbott.com.

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 2016/2016 Yearbook and Directory, please contact the following individuals:

For the Yearbook: Contact Beth Sepulveda at beth.sepulveda@rdabbott.com

For the Newsletter: Contact Tom Martin at tom.martin@rdabbott.com (and cc: Amy Congo at acongo@rdabbott.com)

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  doug_limkeman@hmroyal.com 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  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.