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June 13, 2019

Who Put the ‘Steele’ in Steele Rubber Products?

Last year as a company, we turned 60! Not young by any means but still not old enough for a senior discount.

The Steele family cherishes the legacy left by our founder and, as part of our 60th year celebration, we went back through our history to document it in this brief summary.

HISTORY

In 1958, Steele Rubber Products founder, Lynn Steele, began a small shop in the Detroit, MI area called ‘Spinster’ that manufactured high performance racing go-carts. As time went on, there was an evolution that took him and his business through tool and die work and into the automotive and restoration industries.

Lynn was in process of restoring a 1931 Cadillac V12 Town Car in the mid-1960s. Lynn progressed through the early stages of restoration, doing much of the work himself. The restoration stalled when he could not find a source for the weatherstripping and rubber parts.

Along the industrial strip where Lynn’s shop was located, was a rubber molding company. Using his tool and die talent, Lynn made his own molds, rented time on the rubber presses and produced what he needed for his car. He found that he was not the only one struggling to find rubber parts for his restoration needs and began selling his parts to friends and members of the clubs he was in, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA). As word of his quality parts got around, Steele Rubber Products was born.

In 1975, Lynn decided to move his family and business to Denver, NC where the company still resides.

TODAY

Steele Rubber Products remains in the same location Lynn moved it to in 1975, where it’s still owned and operated by Lynn’s children and extended family. As Steele Rubber Products moves to the future, the 3rd generation of the family remains committed to his passion for quality parts and weatherstripping. While Lynn’s legacy continues in the automotive restoration hobby, Steele Rubber Products has also expanded their product line to include parts for the RV/Camper/trailer industry and commercial and recreational boats in the Marine industry.

As a family owned business in the year 2019, we cannot thank our customers and friends in the industry enough for all the support, making our 60 years possible.

Steele not only has all the products you need but all the knowledge you need to get the job done right, too. If you have questions about Rubber Parts or Weatherstripping on your Classic Car, Truck, Hot Rod or even your boat, trailer or RV, feel free to reach out to us! You can call us at 800-650-4482, contact us through our website or comment on this post and we’ll get you answers as quickly as possible. Check out our YouTube channel for our full library of how-to/installation videos.

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