On March 7, 2023, Alliance Rubber Company will celebrate its centennial year, an amazing accomplishment considering that less than 1% of U.S. businesses have achieved this remarkable milestone. We join the tasty company of Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, and Kraft Foods, the tipsy company of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, and Yuengling, and the work ethic of Carhartt, L.L. Bean, and John Deere.
So how does an establishment providing a simple little device like a rubber band set itself firmly in the annals of American business? The answer is simple – Elasticity. Just like our products, throughout the last century, we have doggedly stretched and flexed to meet the needs of our markets – determined to always be in touch with the needs of our customers.
Pleased to serve customers in 60 countries, in 2021 for the second time we won our Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global trade. To our USA customers, we are here to assure you receive the ultimate timely experience in delivery and customer satisfaction. We have survived and thrived in economic conditions that have eliminated all other American band manufacturers. At the same time, we continue to stretch our markets with new and innovative products. For example, our site www.arcosilicone.com offers silicone bands, which are autoclavable, will withstand sunlight, and provide the ideal solution for durability and reuse. The need for an organizational product was something our Dad, William Spencer, understood and it fueled his vision for founding Alliance Rubber in 1923 in Alliance, OH.
The majority of our bands are reusable and ready for any number of handy bundling uses around your home, office, or workplace. Once disposed of, the majority of our bands biodegrade and return to the earth faster than anything other than paper. With the rising trend of eco-friendly packaging, manufacturers are reimagining how they package their products by eliminating single-use plastics in their packaging. Discarded plastics generate 6.3 billion tons of waste annually. 24 billion pounds of plastic enter our oceans annually…….and only 9% of plastic is recycled.
What does GREEN mean to you? Do you put your plastics and paper in the recycling bin? Do you think twice about reusing that plastic container your frozen mac and cheese came in? Good for you! Did you know that while the U.S. holds only 4.7% of the world’s population, it produces 12% of the planet’s municipal solid waste? That’s over 1,700 pounds annually for each and every American … ten times the weight of an average person!
And while the majority of our 2,400 banding products are readily reusable, our manufacturing processes keep GREEN at the forefront. Rubber bands are made from rapidly renewable resources that don’t damage those resources for use by future generations. As for packaging, our boxes are made from 100% recycled materials.
So, the next time you have a choice between a poly-wrapped product and a banded one, think twice about those full landfills. And the next time you are seeking that perfect device to hold your bundle together or require an automated banding machine, give us a call. I bet we have that perfect solution for you. So, while we continue to innovate and create even better ways to hold your world together, please celebrate with us as we enter our centennial year. From our 155+ strong team who enjoy a set of common values, we stretch out our arms with sincerest thanks for your continued support.
Bonnie Spencer Swayze
A true American success story, Alliance Rubber Company owes its beginning to the ingenuity of one man – our father – William H. Spencer, who left his Franklin, Kentucky home in 1904 at the age of 13. 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 and cut the bands by hand in his basement where he founded Alliance Rubber Company. In those days, newspapers were blocked and thrown in the general direction of the porch. After seeing the Akron Beacon Journal blowing across lawns, he persuaded them and the Tulsa World to try wrapping them with a band. He went on to pioneer other new markets for bands, agricultural and industrial applications as well as a myriad of other uses.
After almost a century, Alliance is still a family owned business with a rich and distinctive American heritage. What started as a simple, practical, and reliable solution for everyday life has been transformed by our 155 Alliance Rubber Company team members into a multi-faceted collection of more than 2,400 products and tools designed for “Holding Your World Together.” Our associates make the difference in our brand. Their attitude and passion for quality of customer service shines. Over 60% of the Alliance Rubber Company team has been with the company for over five years, enabling us to make some of the world’s best banding products at our manufacturing facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Alliance Rubber Company is a family-owned business with humble beginnings that has grown into a thriving American success story. Since 1923, Alliance Rubber has proudly produced rubber bands for use in the home and workplace. Continuing to manufacture its products in the USA, enables Alliance to provide high-quality products, fast service, and fresh stock that is built to last. Alliance Rubber, a women-owned company, manufactures bands that ‘Hold Your World Together.’