How Rubber is Becoming a Part of the Green Building Revolution

It may surprise you to learn that not all rubber is synthetic, as natural rubber, is a renewable product, as it is harvested from the natural rubber tree.  In the U.S. alone, 300 million tires are placed in landfills each year, with 80 percent of these being recycled into a variety of materials.  When rubber is […]

Stern Rubber adds Midwest Infrastructure Manufacturer as a Customer

Gate Valves have long been a key part, manufactured here at Stern Rubber.  Our team has worked hard to perfect the process of bonding our rubber to a cast iron valves, so they will form a liquid tight seal in water mains across the country.  Our production of these parts has been done at both […]

2018 Starts out COLD!

As the calendar flipped to 2018, central Minnesota was hoping to flip the thermometer as well. With the average temperature typically ranging from 24 degrees for the high and 7 degrees for the low, 2017 ended nearly fifty degrees colder than the average high.  With air temps dropping below -15,  or even further for nearly […]

Masticated Rubber

The Mastication of Rubber Masticated Rubber is a rubber compound made of reclaimed/ recycled natural or synthetic rubber.  The term masticated rubber has come to mean a mixture of recycled rubber and fiber. Uses for Masticated Rubber Masticated rubber is a good choice for applications where superior hardness, tensile strength, and durability are required.  Due […]

Barry Hirschey’s First 1st Place on his KTM

Barry has been with Stern Rubber for 16 1/2 years.  He worked for 14 years as the Maintenance Manager, and then, 2 ½ years ago he moved to the sales team.  He is married to Sharon and they have 3 children together: Emily 20, Addison and Larken 16.  Barry and his family live here in […]

All 4 Seasons in One Week. Welcome to Minnesota!

The weather in Stern Rubber’s back yard is extremely inconsistent and the opening week of spring hasn’t been any different.  With highs reaching nearly 70 degrees on Saturday April 23rd, outdoor activists, golfers and really, everyone in the area thought summer was about to begin. Yet, on Wednesday the 26th, only 3 days later, the tables […]

Polaris to add Victory Styling to Indian Line

Although Polaris decided to end the Victory line in 2017, the iconic  style of these machines will not vanish forever.  As Polaris begins to pour their focus on bikes into Indian, they are not going to lose the iconic body style that came with the Victory line. Launching two new touring models for the Indian line […]

Stern Rubber Helps With City Wide Park Cleanup

On Tuesday, April 4th, City of Staples held a city wide Community Parks cleanup day.  The city asked for groups and companies to volunteer to help with this effort. This was the first year that Stern Rubber had participated by allowing employees to help with the clean up during their work day.  We had 8 […]

Stern Rubber Wins 2 Awards from Polaris for 2016

Stern Rubber was recently notified that they won 2 supplier awards from Polaris Industries for 2016. The first award was for Quality.  Polaris’ suppliers are evaluated in terms of their reject PPM rates to Polaris.  They give letter grades based on this PPM.  Suppliers have to have a PPM of under 100 to get an […]

2017 Bridges Career Exploration Day

Here at Stern, we work hard to be involved in the community, and recently we had the opportunity to work with other local manufacturing companies to be a part of the Bridges Career Exploration Day. Several members of our team here at Stern including general manager Bob Jackson, quality manager Mark Pfeifer, and HR coordinator Rick […]