Rubber compounding news

Barberton rubber compound research and development laboratory earns ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

BARBERTON, OHIO – Preferred Compounding’s newly expanded compound research and development laboratory in Barberton, Ohio, has been certified by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) as meeting the stringent and difficult to attain ISO/IEC 17025:2005 international standard for testing laboratories.

Rubber compound development lab ISO 17025 Click image to see complete ISO 17025 certificate PDF

Earning the accreditation boosts Preferred’s ability to offer the fastest turnaround times in the industry for developing and enhancing compounds, company managers say. Preferred is the second largest custom compounder in North America with operations in Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and Mexico.

“We invest in R&D and quality and streamline processes to enhance our customer/partners’ abilities to achieve their objectives on their schedules,” […]

2018-10-17T10:24:48-04:00December 1st, 2015|

Preferred Compounding de Mexico grows, brings mixer online, adding 15,000 square feet

SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO –Custom compounder Preferred Compounding de Mexico is continuing to invest in equipment, people and space to stay ahead of strong demand at its facility in San Luis Potosi. The company has brought online a second Farrel F-270 black mixer and in-line gear pump strainer, begun construction on 15.000 square feet of inventory and office space and is hiring salaried and hourly employees.

Scott Lieberman, general manager for Preferred Compounding de Mexico and vice president of strategic initiatives for Preferred Compounding, said total employment in Mexico will be nearly 100 people by the beginning of winter.

“We expected robust growth for this operation and are continuing to invest to stay ahead of it,” he said. “We’re now approaching the same capacity and employment range […]

2018-10-05T17:13:02-04:00August 24th, 2015|

Being nimble helps Preferred grow, Rubber and Plastics News reports

Performing like a small company has helped Preferred Compounding grow into the second largest custom rubber compounding in North America, says CEO and President Ken Bloom in an article published in June in Rubber and Plastics News.

“We’re nimble,” said Bloom. “There’s not a lot of bureaucracy here, so we respond and move very quickly. Yes, we’re a lot bigger than we were, but we’re fast … so I see us as a small company.”

In the article, he credits high quality materials, technology focus, broad range of capabilities, multiple plants in the U.S. and Mexico, relationship focus, and proactive reliable service for making Preferred into one of the top compounders anywhere.

Read the complete article here.

2018-10-05T17:13:45-04:00June 24th, 2015|

Preferred Compounding de Mexico to Double Capacity

preferredmexicofront2BARBERTON, OHIO – Preferred Compounding will double capacity and employment at its plant in Central Mexico by the spring of 2015, the company announced today. Preferred’s Board of Directors approved capital for an expansion which will include a second Farrel F-270 Tangential variable speed mixer and an in-line gear pump strainer.

The announcement comes 16 months after commissioning of the first Farrel F-270 at the 66,000 square-foot plant in the city of San Luis Potosi and 24 months after Preferred purchased the operation from Iacp Jevsa of Barcelona, Spain in July of 2012.

“We expected to add another compounding line sometime in the future, but our rapid growth in Mexico is enabling us to move forward now,” […]

2018-10-17T09:49:47-04:00June 4th, 2014|

Preferred Compounding Customers Get 24/7 Access to Compound Quality Data

Mixloc-Portal-loginBARBERTON, OHIO – Preferred Compounding will unveil at the International Elastomer Expo a new portal that enables customers to check on production and quality data for their compounds at any time. It’s part of the continuously evolving Open Compounding culture and practices at the custom compounder, which has four facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Company President Ken Bloom says the new MixLoc Portal is a natural progression of Preferred’s commitment to successful and transparent working relationships with customers.

“Openness and collaboration are important values for custom compounding supply relationships,” said Bloom. “We’re continuing to go beyond listening and responding to customers to delivering transparency systematically.”

Open Compounding’s four deliverables

  •  Customer access to development and production information for every […]
2018-10-17T09:51:12-04:00October 1st, 2013|

Compounding capacity to quadruple, Preferred Compounding de Mexico announces at Grand Opening

Mexicoribboncutting Preferred Compounding de Mexico Ribbon cutting with CEO and President Ken Bloom and San Luis Potosi Governor Fernando Toranzo Fernandez (red tie) at center.

SAN LUIS POTOSI, SLP, MEXICO-Preferred Compounding de Mexico is quadrupling capacity at its custom compounding facility in Central Mexico and plans to add as many as two dozen employees during 2013, company officials announced during a grand opening ceremony Thursday with the local state governor as an honored guest.

The wholly owned subsidiary of Preferred Compounding has installed and is commissioning a Farrel F-270 Tangential variable speed mixer identical to the unit at its facility in Huntingdon, Tennessee.

More than 150 guests, including customers, suppliers, local politicians, executives and owners from Preferred attended the […]

2018-10-17T10:23:35-04:00January 24th, 2013|

Introducing MixLoc consistent rubber compound quality program

Preferred-MixLoc-announcement-adBARBERTON, OHIO – Value-added custom mixer Preferred Compounding is introducing a new branded program to further increase compound consistency and the availability of production data for customers.

The MixLoc program has three parts: a focus on nine key controllable process steps in compounding, regularly sharing detailed compounding data with customers and for every custom compound precisely defining a development sequence leading to increased consistency.

“MixLoc is about creating advantages for our customers by delivering the most consistent quality in the industry,” said Preferred Compounding Chief Executive Officer Ken Bloom. “It’s a performance pledge to customers on materials, controls, testing, metrics and problem solving.”

“When your compounds perform as expected, you can be more productive and efficient.”

Communicating production data to […]

2018-10-17T09:52:54-04:00October 13th, 2012|

Preferred Compounding Acquires Rubber Mixing Business in Mexico

PreferredCompoundingdeMexico_newsreleaseBARBERTON, OHIO – Value-added Custom mixer Preferred Compounding has been growing organically since 2009. Now it is expanding south of the border by acquisition.

Company executives announced today they have purchased JevsaMex, the Mexican compounding operation of Iacp Jevsa of Barcelona, Spain. The 66,000 square-foot facility is in the city of San Luis Potosi in central Mexico. The plant is continuing to operate and JevsaMex’s former customers in Mexico are now being served by Preferred Compounding de Mexico.

“For several years we have been hearing from our US-based customers that they want us to fill their needs for high-quality custom compounds in Mexico,” said Preferred Compounding Chief Executive Officer Ken Bloom. “The central location of this established mixing […]

2018-10-17T09:51:51-04:00July 15th, 2012|

New owners want more of same from Preferred Compounding

Wingate PartnersWingate Partners was founded in 1987 to purchase controlling equity interests in manufacturing, distribution and service businesses, typically with revenues between $50 million and $250 million. Led by principals with significant consulting and operating experience, Wingate’s strategy is to create value by actively supporting management in substantially improving operating performance. For more information, visit

BARBERTON, OHIO – Preferred Compounding has emerged from the recent recession with expanded capabilities, industry-leading quality, stronger management and customer support resources—and now new owners who want to build on that progress.

In a transaction between private equity firms, Wingate Partners and Preferred’s management have acquired […]

2018-10-17T09:49:09-04:00December 10th, 2010|

Preferred Compounding welcomes the future with stronger services—and a new brand

April, 2010

BARBERTON, OHIO – Four years of improvements have Preferred Compounding charging into 2010 with strong fundamentals and a well-provisioned tool set for meeting the needs of manufacturers that use custom compounded elastomers. The company is signaling this emergence by introducing a new name, logo and branding.

As of April 19, Preferred Rubber Compounding Corporation is Preferred Compounding. Its new logo includes a five-armed blending swirl representing the mix of long-held values the company brings to each customer relationship. These are summed up in the new tagline: “Preferred performs. You achieve.”

“Preferred has always been customer and quality focused,” says Ken Bloom, president and CEO. “Now we can rapidly price, engineer, deliver and support practically any compound and delivery schedule customers request.”

Preferred increased its specialized capacity […]

2018-10-05T17:26:08-04:00April 2nd, 2010|