October 31, 2014

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Seville rubber factory addition to double its size

The Blair Rubber Co., 5020 Panther Parkway, Seville, is expanding. Doing the honors at Monday’s groundbreaking are, from left, controller Tonjua McCullough, plant superintendent Roy Eikelberry, marketing director Nalex Cordova and quality manager Gregg Reinmann. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

The Blair Rubber Co., 5020 Panther Parkway, Seville, is expanding. Doing the honors at Monday’s groundbreaking are, from left, controller Tonjua McCullough, plant superintendent Roy Eikelberry, marketing director Nalex Cordova and quality manager Gregg Reinmann. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

SEVILLE — A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Monday for a 50,000-square-foot addition to the Blair Rubber Co. that will nearly double the size of the plant by next spring.

Blair Rubber manufactures corrosion-resistant rubber linings for tanks and other containment vessels used by a variety of industries.

Founded in 1981 in Copley Township, in Summit County, Blair Rubber was purchased in 2001 by IKO, of Canada. In 2006, the company moved into a new 52,000-square-foot building, 5020 Panther Parkway.

The expansion is needed to keep up with demand, Nalex Cordova, director of sales and marketing, said at Monday’s groundbreaking.

“We have just about doubled our production over the last three years,” he said.

Blair Rubber has 77 employees, but expects to hire more after the expansion is completed in spring 2015.

JBA Architects, of Newark, designed the expansion and EM Construction, a division of Beacon Marshall Cos., of Bath, is the general contractor.

Contact reporter David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.