Transforming an idea into a manufacturing facility takes a lot of ingenuity. William Spencer, who left his Franklin, Kentucky home in 1904 at the age of 13, had that. Traveling by rail to seek adventure, he found himself in Alliance, Ohio in 1917 with less than $3, and began working for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Six years later on March 7, 1923, he obtained a few Goodyear inner tubes. He cut the bands by hand in his basement and founded Alliance Rubber Company.
Moonlighting on the railroad for the first 14 years ofbusiness, he was able to meet payroll and expenses. From there, he purchased a building in Alliance, Ohio in 1930 in the midst of the Great Depression, and hired a carpenter at $.42 per hour to remodel the location. He traveled in his available time, persuading office supply stores and paper and twine houses to carry his line of products.
In 1923, newspapers were blocked and thrown in the general direction of the porch. After seeing the Akron Beacon Journal blowing across lawns, he persuaded Tulsa World to try wrapping them with a band. He also persuaded grocers to try bands for faster bundling.
After almost a century, Alliance is still a family owned business with a rich and distinctive American heritage. Committed to “holding your world together,” Alliance Rubber Company offers creative solutions for everyday life that are simple, practical, and reliable.
1923 W.H. SPENCER FOUNDED COMPANY IN ALLIANCE, OHIO. INVENTED NEWSPAPER, PRODUCE, TY AND PACKER BANDS
1944 HOT SPRINGS FACILITY OPENED
1957 INVENTED THE OPEN RING BAND
1958 INVENTED QW BUNCHES AND JUMBO PACK
1959 INVENTED SLIDE DISPENSER MASS MARKET, PACK PERFORATED DESK AND OPEN WINDOW BOXES
1959 - 1969 ARCO CIRCULATION SUPPLY SUPPLIED NEWSPAPERS
1963 INVENTED “BRILLIANT BANDS” AND FREEZER BANDS.
1966 DEVELOPED THE FIRST ZIP BANDS
1967 INTRODUCED DEALER’S WINDOW DISPLAY
1969 INSTALLED WORLD’S FIRST CONTINUOUS CURE EXTRUSION LINE.
1970 INVENTED FLEX® BANDS... FIRST PLASTIC BANDS.
1970 - 1983 MANUFACTURED IN WALLDORF, GERMANY
1974 INVENTED BIG BANDS
1984 INVENTED PIC PAC
1986 INVENTED THE WORLD’S FIRST IMPRINTED AD BANDS®
1988 PURCHASED EBERHARD-FABER STAR AND IDEAL BAND LINE
1993 AWARDED BLUE CHIP ENTERPRISE AWARD FROM U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1995 INTRODUCED PROTAPE® AND DISPENSERS
1996 NAMED ARKANSAS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR BY ARKANSAS BUSINESS MAGAZINE. AWARDED ARKANSAS QUALITY AWARD BY THE STATE.
1997 INVENTED BRITES® BAND LINE
1998 INTRODUCED AUTOBAND® SYSTEM AND BRITES® STATIONERY LINE
1998 PURCHASED MAIL/SHIP LINE FROM ROTEX
1999 NAMED GARLAND COUNTY INDUSTRY OF THE YEAR
2000 RECEIVED GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM. ADDED CABLE WRAPZ™
2002 INTRODUCED GEAR STRAPZ™ AND STRAC PACK™. ADDED PRICE GUNS
2006 ADDED PALLET BANDS; INTRODUCED LATEX-FREE (ORANGE) BANDS; AND INVENTED FRAGRANCE BANDS™
2007 INVENTED X-TREME FILE BANDS™, COLORED EPDM AND LATEX-FREE BANDS WITH ANTIMICROBIAL PROTECTION
2009 INTRODUCED CORNER TO CORNER™.
2010 NAMED OFFICE DEPOT HUB SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR. INTRODUCED REUSABLE SOLUTIONS™
2011 RECOGNIZED WITH THE SUPPLIER APPRECIATION AWARD FROM THE NAEPB. INTRODUCED ERASELETS®, WHIFFERS® SCENTED BANDS, SLIP-ON GRIP™
2012 INVENTED FOTOFLEX™ BANDS, FOUR-COLOR PROCESS IMPRINTED. AWARDED THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION AWARD.
2013 RECEIVED GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GLOBAL TRADE. AWARDED FOR PRODUCT INNOVATION OF THE YEAR BY MADE IN USA CERTIFIED.