Great Lakes Rubber & Supply is a well-established rubber products and fittings distributor. Centrally located with modern facilities in Wisconsin and Illinois, our Midwest warehouses serve customers across the USA. Additionally, GLR has access to engineers for the purpose of designing seal solutions for hundreds of OEM applications. Our stocking warehouses inventory over 30,000 items from more than 100 quality manufacturers. Convenient blanket and automated ordering are available for enhanced efficiency. Great Lakes Rubber & Supply is your best source for quality rubber products and fittings!
We specialize in custom applications and offer savings through innovative programs and capabilities such as:
- Packaging and Kitting
- Sub Assembly
- Bar Coding
- Parker Hannifin Engineering Services and Software
- Dedicated Inventory
- Qualified Quality Supplier
Who We Are
In 1954, Great Lakes Rubber & Supply, Inc. was founded by George H. Baumann. Initially, there were two employees located in a 500 square foot building at 735 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee. At the start, business was confined to distributing hose, belting, gaskets and teflon.
Within two years, we outgrew this facility and moved to a 1500 square foot plant at 3118 N. Teutonia. It was during this year, 1956, that we were appointed a Parker Seal distributor. Our responsibilities with Parker included the stocking and selling for their O Ring, Packings and O Seal Divisions. Over the next 28 years, expansion and addition to our Teutonia plant increased its size to 7500 square feet.
With the continuous increasing demands for our products and our strong customer acceptance, we moved in August 1984 into our current facility. This modern warehouse and manufacturing plant has 25,000 square feet. This new plant has enabled us to increase our inventory of Parker Seal products along with expanding our capabilities in the hydraulic and gasket departments. We currently employ thirty-two people.
In response to our customers needs and demands, we opened a branch operation in 1989 at Rockford, Illinois. Sales have grown rapidly and Great Lakes Rubber & Supply, Inc. is recognized as the "Seal People" of Rockford.
I would like to offer my special thanks to all of our customers who were responsible for making Great Lakes Rubber & Supply, Inc. a prominent force in the industry. Through the years of our growth and expansions, we have never lost sight of the principles and concepts that have made us strong. We will now, as we have in the past, continue to supply our customers with the highest quality product in the manner and methods that you desire.
Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to the principles of total quality. Please take advantage of our team's services.
Thomas H. Baumann
I joined Great Lakes Rubber in 2011. As President, I am responsible for internal operations and sales management, strategic planning, customer account management, and new business generation in North America, Europe, and Asia.
I would like to ensure to all of our customers that we take pride at GLR to provide the best service possible. Great Lakes Rubber has 60 years of track record dedicating itself to our customers and making our company a prominent player in the Midwest.
I’ve been with Great Lakes Rubber since 1995. I am the Warehouse Manager with responsibilities that include production, distribution, quality, and human resources. I am also responsible for our warehouse team and work on NAFTA and other export related quality issues. As part of the management board at GLR, I’d like to extend my thanks to all our customers and would like to ensure we stand by our quality and timeliness standards.
My hobbies include golf, basketball, reading, and enjoying time with my grandchildren.
Rockford/Loves Park: (815)654-8188
Strategic StatementGreat Lakes Rubber strives to meet our customer's global requirements through excellent customer service, alignment with world class suppliers, and continuous improvement of our quality management system.
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