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New Acquisitions

Great Lakes Rubber is excited to announce two new acquisitions. In August, GLR acquired Chinook O-Rings and Seals in Beaverton, Oregon. We believe this is a great start to the next phase of growth for GLR. Chinook will also help GLR expand into the Northwest and help Chinook become a better strategic partner to its customers.

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In November, GLR acquired Reliant Rubber Company, LLC in Wake Forest, NC. With this acquisition, GLR will be able to improve its manufacturing capabilities, increase its presence nationwide, and its value-added services and wider variety of products will help GLR become a better partner with Reliant’s customers.

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Engineering Services/Support

Listening to our customers' needs, Great Lakes Rubber has responded with our brand new Engineering Support Services which are available to serve all of our valued customers. At GLR, we continuously strive to provide new and innovative services benefitting our customers and are very excited to announce this new opportunity. For your convenience, please use our new Ask an Engineer form to securely provide the necessary information pertaining to your inquiry.

For further details, be sure to check out our new GLR Engineering Services and Support documents, below.

Rubber Products & Fittings

Great Lakes Rubber 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 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
  • EDI
  • Bar Coding
  • Parker Hannifin Engineering Services and Software
  • Dedicated Inventory
  • Qualified Quality Supplier
  • GLR: Rapid Prototype Program

Who We Are

Great Lakes Rubber

In 1954, Great Lakes Rubber and Supply, Inc. was founded by George H. Baumann. Initially, there were just two employees located in a 500 square foot building at 735 N. Jackson St., Milwaukee and, at the start, our business was confined to distributing hose, belting, gaskets, and teflon.

Within two years, we outgrew this facility and relocated into a 1500 square foot plant at 3118 N. Teutonia in Milwaukee. It was during this year, 1956, when we were appointed as a Parker Seal distributor. Our responsibilities with Parker included the stocking and selling for their O-ring, packings, and O-seal divisions. Over the following 28 years, expansions and additions to our Teutonia plant increased its size to 7500 square feet.

With the steadily increasing demands for our products coupled with our strong customer acceptance, in August of 1984, we moved into our current facility. This modern warehouse and manufacturing plant encompasses 25,000 square feet. Our 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 forty 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 is recognized as the "Seal People" of Rockford.

Tom Baumann

Taking this opportunity, I would like to offer my special thanks to all of our customers who were responsible for making Great Lakes Rubber 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

Milwaukee: (414)352-8800 or
Rockford/Loves Park: (815)654-8188

Strategic Statement

Great 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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