Material Improvement Opens the Door for USA Made Grips and Foam Tubes

Soft and durable to Touch EPDM grips and Foam tubes are made in the USA

For years GripWorks has been producing EPDM grips and tubing, but when the Chinese market began offering foam tubing and grips with a soft-to-the-touch feel, EPDM took a back seat. Although, initially struggling in efforts to find an equivalent, and after years of trying, GripWorks can now provide foam grips and tubing in the same soft feel that has become so familiar with the foreign product. The new EPDM grips and foam tubes not only meet the requirement for softness, they also maintain the durability consistent with EPDM materials. Best of all, purchasing agents forced to buy from outside the USA can now be relieved of the obstacles associated with such long distance sourcing.

Along with simple communication concerns of buying foreign products, the largest perhaps being the language barrier, buyers are faced with long lead times, often including six or more weeks just for shipping. Imagine the scheduling nightmares, the inspection headaches, not to mention possible return situations for defective product. "Having the option to buy in the USA will be a huge plus for many of our customers," says Jeff John, National Sales Manager. Adding to this, Jeff Barket, Director of Sales and Marketing comments, "After the rush to get parts from China, many manufacturers are growing tired of the complications and are anxious to return to options here in the USA. We are confident that our new EPDM material is the option buyers are looking for."

Durable and tough enough to withstand the harshest environmental conditions, yet soft to the touch, these foam grips and foam rubber tubes are in demand by manufacturers of lawn and garden tools, outdoor power equipment, mops and brooms, exercise equipment and more. Playgrounds and swimming pool decks use EPDM for some components. Many industries use EPDM rubber including the roofing and automotive markets. The main property of EPDM material is its resistance to extreme outdoor elements, such as water and intense sunlight.

GripWorks can provide EPDM hand grips and foam rubber tubing in a variety of styles and sizes. Foam rubber tubing and grips are readily available in black. During the manufacturing process of foam rubber tubing and grips, an outside layer or skin forms as a result of the curing process. The foam tube is smooth to the touch and often used as a final product.

There is another option to give the rubber tubing and foam grips a different look and feel. Known as a sculpted or buffed foam grip or tube, in this process the skin is removed through a grinding action resulting in a grip or tubing with an upscale, cushioned appearance and a no-slip finish. GripWorks created various unique contour designs for this buffed foam process allowing them to offer multiple style foam grips featuring tapered varieties and more. Although the straight cut ends of the rubber tubing or foam grip do not need further processing, there is a choice to add a finished look to the end or ends. Known as radiused ends, the grinding action uniformly rounds off the ends of the foam grip or rubber tubing.