GLR Response to COVID-19
Our thoughts go out to all those who may be affected by this unprecedented event spreading throughout the world today. GLR will remain open during this time to support your requests and will continue to work with our domestic and global supply chain to ensure limited effect on our business. We expect to be able to meet all our customer demands and requirements at this time.
Regarding our employees, we are complying with the CDC guidelines for health and "social distancing". We are limiting the amount of employees in our facility at a given time, requiring those that can to work from home, and have increased our cleanliness requirements for both our people and our facility. In support of the effort to contain COVID-19, we are restricting access for all visitors into our facility, including the closing of city sales.
We understand this is a difficult time, and we are committed to help "flatten the curve" and keep our business operational to help our customers and the community. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our main office (414)352-8800 or email:
Great Lakes Rubber
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
- Bar Coding
- Parker Hannifin Engineering Services and Software
- Dedicated Inventory
- Qualified Quality Supplier
- GLR: Rapid Prototype Program
Who We Are
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.
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
Rockford/Loves Park: (815)654-8188