THE MECHANICAL RUBBER MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION.
The Mechanical Rubber Manufacturers’ Association met according to call on Wednesday last at the Astor house,in this city, to discuss the condition of the trade—especially the troublesome question of guarantees on various forms of mechanical rubber goods, including rubber and cotton lined hose. The executive committee of the association consists of Amadee Spadone (Gutta Percha and Rubber Manufacturing Company), chairman; William H. Acken (New York Rubber Company); George W. Blanchard (Mechanical Rubber Company—Cleveland and Chicago works); H. C. Corson (Akron Rubber works); Edwin Davis (Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company); James Bennett Forsyth (Boston Belting Company); L. K. McClymonds (New York Belting and Backing Company Limited); Henry C. Morse (Revere Rubber Company); [ohn J. Voorhees (New Jersey Car Spring and Rubber Company). All these gentlemen were present, except Mr. Corson, who was represented by letter. The representatives of other companies not authorised to commit their firms to the association, but approving of the line proposed, were also present.
The members discussed the recent advance of ten per cent, in the price of the goods manufactured by its members. It was decided that another advance of five or ten per cent, will be necessary on account of the continued high price of crude rubber. It will probably be made on January I.
As it was found that there are a great many firms making cotton lined hose which are not interested in the manufacture of general mechanical rubber goods, a new organization was formed, to be know n as the Cotton Hose Manufacturers” Association. Between twelve and fifteen firms at once joined it, and a meeting to form a regular organization was called for tia. m., Wednesday, December 22, in the Astor house.