Alliance Rubber Company Wins Industry Award For Manufacturing Innovation
(HOT SPRINGS, AR.) May 8, 2012. Alliance Rubber Company, a leading global supplier of rubber bands, office and packaging supplies, announced today that they are the recipients of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership's (MEP) 2012 Excellence In Innovation Award.
Coordinated through the National Institute of Standards and Technology, it is an award that pays tribute to manufacturing innovation development and implementation.
"Alliance is a clear example to us of what it takes for a company to succeed in a globally competitive market", says Dan Curtis, director of Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions (AMS). "There will always be someone willing to produce a product for a penny less. Alliance instead builds their business on being constantly innovative. They set an example for how manufacturing can succeed in America."
Alliance competed with more than 75 nominees from around the country for the award, which will be presented during the Manufacturing Innovation 2012 Conference on May 8th in Orlando, Florida. Manufacturing Innovation 2012 (MI2012) is an annual four- day event sponsored by the MEP. It brings together more than 700 manufacturers, industry experts, and MEP field staff to gain insight on the latest trends and technologies facing U.S. manufacturers.
“Manufacturing is at the heart and soul of America and the talented people in our factories and workshops are the key to driving a strong economy,” said Bonnie Swayze, president of Alliance Rubber Company. “Our company and its workers have a different value proposition. We’re not always the cheapest in price per pound for our rubber bands, but we are most of the time the best value.”
In the spirit of self-reliance, Alliance decided early last year that it would embark on an effort to create manufacturing jobs in the U.S. through a “We Can Make It In America” website challenge that encourages the expansion of American manufacturing and supports job creation. As part of that campaign, the company is sponsoring a contest through the end of May 2012 for a free trip to Washington during the Fourth of July holiday. Interested individuals can sign up for the contest via this link: http://www.rubberband.com/washington-contest.
Swayze states, “Any goods that are manufactured within the United States support four to five other jobs in the economy. Together we can create opportunity, inspire confidence and help get Americans working again.”
About Alliance Rubber Company
Since 1923, Alliance Rubber Company has been dedicated to “Holding Your World Together.” The company has grown into a global leader with over 2,100 skus of mailing, shipping, office and packaging products sold through dealers in 28 countries. Under the current leadership of Bonnie Swayze, president, Alliance continues its long history of innovation. Pioneering the women’s entrance into the boardroom, Bonnie was the first female board member of the Wholesale Stationers Association, and has served on the WBENC board and other HUB organizations.
SOURCE: Alliance Rubber Company