FAQ

General

Does REDCO offer any standard or stock items?
REDCO offers only one standard item. Our Rubber Bumpers come in 3 sizes, are RoHS compliant and are usually shipped from stock.
How many people are on REDCO's management team?

PRESIDENT/CEO
MITCH WATTS | mwatts@redco1.com

VICE PRESIDENT
GORDON GAGNON | gordon.gagnon@redco1.com

SALES/MARKETING
CAREY KANGAS | carey.kangas@redco1.com

PRODUCTION
TOM WHEELER | tom.wheeler@redco1.com

QUALITY
CLINT ANDERSEN | clint.andersen@redco1.com

ACCOUNTING
PAM SHELTON | pam.shelton@redco1.com

CUSTOMER SERVICE
LORA HALL | lora.hall@redco1.com

How many years has REDCO been in business?

REDCO first started producing custom rubber products in San Leandro, CA in 1948. Our founder, Herb Watts, had a vision to become "the best" supplier of custom molded rubber products to a quickly emerging variety of product development and manufacturing in the post WWII San Francisco/Bay Area, California.

REDCO'S ability to serve our customers was developed through the many relationships we had with start-up, high tech companies in this geographic area. The area that eventually became known as the Silicon Valley!

As REDCO grew, so did the need for more space and equipment. In 1960 we built a new production facility in Hayward, California. Our ability to serve our customers and our reputation for quality, delivery and service also continued to grow.

The newest chapter of our growth at REDCO began in 1990 when we moved the entire facility to Carson City, Nevada. REDCO had the new 45,000 sq. ft. facility custom built to optimize all of our product lines and the flow of materials throughout the operation.

REDCO'S product lines have grown to include not only custom molded rubber products but also precision rubber covered rollers, rubber extrusions, die cut gaskets, foam packaging and subcomponent assembly. We are still a family owned manufacturer lead by third generation Mitch Watts (Herb's grandson). REDCO'S vision as being "the best" has not changed.

Is REDCO's facility in the US?

REDCO's only facility is located in Carson City, Nevada. Carson City is the capital of the state and is located in northern Nevada. We are on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range just below Lake Tahoe.

At REDCO, we are proud of our American made heritage.

Is there any Engineering assistance offered by REDCO?

REDCO does not design any products. REDCO produces products to customer specification. We are able to assist in material selection, given the physical requirements of an application.

REDCO's hours of operation.

REDCO works four ten hour production days, Monday through Thursday, 7:00am to 5:30pm PST. Our office is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on Fridays.

What are Dielectric Properties?

This is the ability of a material to resist a puncture due to electrical stress.

What are Hydrocarbon Solvents (Aromatic)?

These solvents have basic benzene structure, usually coal tar types such as benzene, toluene and xylene.

What are Oxygenated Solvents (Aliphatic)?

Straight chain organic carbon structures such as petroleum type solvents.

What industries do you serve?
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Business Machine
  • Communication
  • Computer
  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Defense
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Food Processing
  • Garment
  • Gas
  • Instrumentation
  • Labeling
  • Laser
  • Medical Equipment
  • Military
  • Music
  • Oil
  • Packaging
  • Paper Processing
  • Recording
  • Semiconductor
  • Sporting Goods
  • Ticketing Equipment
  • Transportation
What is Abrasion Resistance?

This property may be defined as the resistance of a specimen to abrasive wear. It is very important in tire treads, soles on heels, hose, rubber rollers and the covers of conveyor belts and cables

What is Acid Resistance?

The resistance of the action of various acids either concentrated or diluted.

What is Aging?

Accelerated aging tests are run on various rubber specimens to find out in a short period of time the destructive influence of light, oxygen, heat, cold and ozone. Natural or shelf aging requires many years for proper evaluation. Accelerated aging tests will give comparative values but not an absolute correlation to natural aging.

What is Compression Set?

Is a permanent deformation to a specimen resulting from compressive stress. It is measured (1) as the amount by which a standard test piece fails to return to its original thickness after being subjected to a standard compressive load or deflection for a fixed period of time: or (2) as the distance returned relative to the amount deflected.

What is Durometer Hardness?

Is the measurement most generally used for stating the hardness of elastic materials. For example, a rubber band is approximately 30 shore "A" hardness, tire tread stock is approximately 60 shore "A" hardness and a typical hard rubber shoe heel is about 80 shore "A" hardness.