+1 (330) 633-0505 Contact Us

News

STEELASTIC® Announces New Operations Manager

Jamison SwopeCUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – September 28, 2021.

STEELASTIC Announces Jamison Swope as Operations Manager.

We are pleased to announce that Jamison Swope has accepted the position of Operations Manager.

Jamison holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University. He has considerable experience within the capital equipment tire industry with Steelastic and has held several positions within the company over the past nine years.

About STEELASTIC:

Founded in 1970, The STEELASTIC Co., LLC is the leading designer and manufacturer of extrusion-based systems for manufacturing belt, cap strip, inner liner, and apex components for passenger, truck, bus, off road, aircraft and motorcycle tires. STEELASTIC is fueling the “Go Calenderless” revolution in the tire-making industry, allowing tire makers to now profitably manufacture shorter runs of multiple SKUs.

Today, STEELASTIC has over 900 systems operating in more than 55 countries around the world. STEELASTIC has been owned by Heico Companies LLC since 1998. Chicago-based Heico is a privately held business with a portfolio of more than 50 companies worldwide representing engineered components, specialty equipment, construction and industrial services and steel products. Steelastic is part of The Heico Companies’ Industrial Technologies Group (ITG) a group of companies focused across four key segments: heavy-duty construction, professional tools, capital equipment, and specialty solutions & components.

Continue reading »


Steelastic welcomes Doug Nidy to its growing sales team

Doug Nidy, Regional Sales Manager at SteelasticCUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – August 19, 2021.

Steelastic has named Doug Nidy as its new regional sales manager

Steelastic, a global leader in calenderless tire component production equipment, announced today the hiring of Doug Nidy as Regional Sales Manager. With a background in domestic and international capital equipment sales, Nidy will work closely with Steelastic’s customers to support their OE and aftermarket equipment needs.

“Doug brings a wealth of industry experience to our sales team, and we’re thrilled to have him on board,” said Patrick Calderone, Steelastic Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “He understands how the market is evolving for our customers. As more manufacturers see the value of going calenderless with their tire component production, our company continues to see tremendous growth. We’re confident Doug will help us keep pace with those demands and continue to provide the best systems and service for our customers.”

Nidy joins the team with 20 years of experience in manufacturing, domestic and international capital equipment sales, sales management and customer service of aftermarket parts, field service and retrofits. He also has a background in the paper, corrugating and steel tube and pipe industries. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Technology with a concentration in manufacturing from Kent State University. He also earned a Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from Kent State University.

“My philosophy has always been to welcome change and take on new challenges,” said Nidy. “I’m excited to be joining such a talented team at Steelastic, where continuous innovation and customer service are fundamental values.”

About STEELASTIC:

Founded in 1970, Steelastic is the global leader in calenderless tire component production equipment. Our revolutionary extrusion-based systems produce all the reinforcement components utilized in modern tires without the need for rubber calendering equipment. We offer a complete portfolio of belt, cap strip, inner liner, and apex systems for passenger, truck, bus, off road, aircraft and motorcycle tires. In 2015, RMS Equipment Company merged with Steelastic and expanded our machinery portfolio to include extruders, extrusion systems, mini calenders, and tire building equipment. Learn more at https://www.steelastic.com/.

About Heico Companies

Steelastic is owned by Heico Companies, a privately held business based in Chicago, IL, with a portfolio of more than 50 companies worldwide representing engineered components, specialty equipment, construction and industrial services and steel products. Steelastic is part of The Heico Companies’ Industrial Technologies Group, a group of companies focused across four key segments: heavy-duty construction, professional tools, capital equipment, and specialty solutions and components.

Continue reading »


STEELASTIC® Names New President

Greg Hamilton, President at SteelasticCUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – May 20, 2021.

STEELASTIC has named Gregory Hamilton as its new President.

Greg’s background includes over 20 years of cross-functional leadership in sales, operations and project management combined with manufacturing and engineering experience in OEM environments. Greg holds a Mechanical Engineer Bachelor of Science degree from Youngstown State University and received his MBA from Ashland University in 2008.

He commented, “I am excited to take the helm of a legacy company during a time of significant change and growth in our industry. As tire manufacturing plants become smaller and more localized, the transition to Steelastic’s extrusion systems allows for both small and large tire OE and aftermarket manufacturers to be nimbler in smaller, rapid-change-over style regional plants.”

In addition to his most recent tenure as VP at Steelastic, Greg previously worked at Innovar Systems, a leader in integrated industrial automation solutions in a wide range of industries including tire testing. He also held the position of General Manager of Systems Integration for tire industry capital equipment company Micro-Poise Measurement Systems.

Patrick Calderone succeeds Greg as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

About STEELASTIC:

Founded in 1970, The STEELASTIC Co., LLC is the leading designer and manufacturer of extrusion-based systems for manufacturing belt, cap strip, inner liner, and apex components for passenger, truck, bus, off road, aircraft and motorcycle tires. STEELASTIC is fueling the “Go Calenderless” revolution in the tire-making industry, allowing tire makers to now profitably manufacture shorter runs of multiple SKUs.

Today, STEELASTIC has over 900 systems operating in more than 55 countries around the world. STEELASTIC has been owned by Heico Companies LLC since 1998. Chicago-based Heico is a privately held business with a portfolio of more than 50 companies worldwide representing engineered components, specialty equipment, construction and industrial services and steel products. Steelastic is part of The Heico Companies’ Industrial Technologies Group (ITG) a group of companies focused across four key segments: heavy-duty construction, professional tools, capital equipment, and specialty solutions & components.

Continue reading »


Calenderless Manufacturing Cell Enables Testing of Tire Reinforcement Materials – Tire Technology International

Steelastic's calenderless manufacturing cell in Akron, Ohio, US, facilitySteelastic has built a calenderless manufacturing cell in its Akron, US facility to enable tire manufacturers to test run their own materials for tire reinforcement components. The company’s extrusion-based manufacturing processes for belt/breaker, body ply, cap strip and innerliner eliminate the need for expensive and inflexible calendering and off-line processing equipment.

The compact, single-operator machines used in this cell have been developed in response to a growing demand for more flexible, highly automated and lower capital outlay manufacturing systems. “This dedicated manufacturing cell is a key component of our drive to help manufacturers worldwide convert to more versatile, smaller footprint systems, necessary to profitably manufacture shorter runs of multiple tire types,” said Ian Dennis, president of Steelastic.

Continue reading: Tire Technology International

Continue reading »


Machinery: STEELASTIC® Introduces Combo Belt & Body Ply Machine – Tyre Asia

Steelastic Belt Body Ply Combo MachineSTEELASTIC, the world leader in extrusion-based systems for manufacturing tyre reinforcing components, has introduced its new Combo Belt & Body Ply Machine. This combination machine, originally developed for STEELASTIC’s own Calenderless Manufacturing Cell, can switch from running steel belt / breaker material to textile or steel body ply in a matter of minutes. The combo machine shares a common extrusion, cooling and accumulation system, with separate cutting and splicing lines for belt / breaker and body ply. Material is produced in one, end-to-end process, from creel to wind-up, eliminating the need for expensive calendering and off-line processing operations.

Continue reading: Tyre Asia

Continue reading »


Technology: ‘Calenderless’ Manufacturing Cell – Tyre Asia

Tyre Asia Technology Calenderless Manufacturing CellHistorically, calendering machines with secondary offline processing operations have been used to produce steel and textile belt/breaker, steel and textile body ply, textile and steel cap strip, inner liner and other single compound components. Replacing the calendering equipment used in producing these materials with highly automated and versatile extrusion-based systems eliminates WIP and all the associated steps moving material in and out of storage. The added automation and quick-change versatility of these machines also serve to perfectly align the tyre manufacturing process with modern needs. This is the significance of the ‘calenderless’ solution that STEELASTIC recently introduced.

Continue reading Tyre Asia

Continue reading »


Nokian Inaugurates Tennessee Tire Plant – Rubber & Plastics News

Nokian Tire Plant Dayton TennesseeDAYTON, Tenn.—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has commissioned production at its Dayton passenger/light truck tire factory two years after breaking ground on the $360 million project.

Speaking to an audience of several hundred tire dealers, state, regional and local government officials, local and trade media and other invited guests, Nokian Tyres CEO Hille Korhonen and other Nokian executives declared the factory—the company’s third overall and first outside of Europe—open for business.

Calling the opening a “key milestone” in Nokian’s growth journey, Korhonen noted the Dayton factory will provide the impetus for her company’s ambitious growth strategy—to double sales volume in North America by 2023—as well as considerable career opportunities for residents of eastern Tennessee.

Continue reading at Rubber & Plastics News (rubbernews.com)

Continue reading »


Technology: STEELASTIC® Introduces Calenderless Manufacturing Cell – European Rubber Journal

Calenderless Tire Manufacturing Cell Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Steelastic has built a calenderless manufacturing cell to enable tire manufacturers to test run their materials for the production of a range of tire reinforcement components.

Manufactured at Steelastic’s Akron facility, the cell’s extrusion-based manufacturing processes for belt/breaker, body ply, cap strip and inner liner are claimed to eliminate the need for calendering and off-line processing equipment.

The single-operator equipment used in the cell have been developed in response to growing demand for “more flexible, highly automated and lower capital outlay manufacturing systems,” said the extrusion machinery supplier in a 24 Sept statement.

Continue reading at European Rubber Journal (european-rubber-journal.com)

Continue reading »


STEELASTIC® Introduces Calenderless Manufacturing Cell – Tire Review

extruded steel belt textile body ply machineSteelastic has built a calenderless manufacturing cell in its Akron-area facility to enable tire manufacturers to test run their own materials to produce the full range of tire reinforcement components.

Steelastic’s extrusion-based manufacturing processes for belt/breaker, body ply, cap strip and inner liner eliminate the need for expensive and inflexible calendering and off-line processing equipment, the company says.

Continue reading at Tire Review (tirereview.com)

Continue reading »


STEELASTIC® Names Dawnsun Exim to India Sales Team – Rubber & Plastics News

Ian DennisCUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Steelastic Inc. has added Dawnsun Exim Corp. to its worldwide sales and service team, making it responsible for Steelastic’s equipment sales, machine upgrades and customer service in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

According to a Steelastic news release, Dawnsun has strong relationships with all major tire manufacturers in India and maintains a reputation for customer service. Additionally, the timing for the partnership was right, according to Steelastic President Ian Dennis, who added that Steelastic recently released new products and upgrades.

Continue reading at Rubber & Plastics News (rubbernews.com)

Continue reading »