This post is part of an ongoing series of manufacturer profiles. The blogs will cover some of the many manufacturers in the state of Nebraska. Check back later for more posts in the series. To see previous posts in the series, click here.
Today, we’re delighted to highlight a manufacturer who holds a unique spot in Nebraska’s manufacturing landscape: Bruckman Rubber Co., an industrial rubber component manufacturer located in Hastings. As Free Enterprise wrote of the company several years ago, “Hastings, Nebraska, rarely brings to mind words like ‘worldly,’ but Bruckman Rubber Co. has brought some international flair to this small Midwest town where ‘snow shoveling is the winter sport.’”
Today, president and CEO Jack Schreiner notes that there isn’t an abundance of manufacturers of this niche in Nebraska who are known specifically for their rubber manufacturing: “Most rubber molders do not have the vertical integration that we have,” Schreiner tells NeMAC. “We are able to design the chemistry for formulation, mix the materials, build the tooling, mold the components, perform all finishing requirement, do assembly, maintain inventory programs and ship over 99% on time. We offer all molding techniques including injection, compression and transfer mold. We are well-known throughout the world for our rubber to metal bonding capabilities.”
We’d certainly recommend a virtual factory tour of the facility here, especially if you’d like to see what it looks like to work in a small business manufacturing plant. Schreiner classifies the company as a small business, which he says that they’re very proud of, since small businesses add the majority of jobs to the economy. Since most of the company’s customers are not in Nebraska, Bruckman brings in a lot of money from other parts of the world to help support Nebraskans: “We are one of many small businesses in Nebraska that fly under the radar and continue to pump vast sums of money in the local and state economies.”
If you’d like to learn more about the company’s history, you can check out this detailed page here, but in summation, the company was founded by Charles Bruckman in 1961, meaning that they’ll celebrate their 55th anniversary this year. While Bruckman retired in 1988 and moved to California, meaning that no Bruckman family members are involved in day-to-day operations anymore, his legacy continues to be honored by the company’s continued success. Still today, Schreiner says that Nebraska is the ideal business climate, telling NeMAC that “I cannot imagine an easier place to do business. Everyone from our governor on down is easily accessible, and eager to help us. It is easy to get involved in community activities. Nebraska takes pride in being a business friendly state.”
We’ll close with a few wise words from Schreiner on why manufacturing matters so much to our economy: “A wise man once told me that the only real and lasting way to grow an economy is to make something. This creation of tangible things produces wealth. Though service industries are important to supporting these businesses, service by itself does not create anything new.”
If you’re interested in learning more about Bruckman Rubber Co., their products, or careers at the company, please check out their website here or leave a comment in the section below, any time!
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