Like many young men in Akron, Ohio during the 40’s and 50’s, Edward L. Bittle went to work in the city’s rubber industry. With knowledge obtained while working at B.F. Goodrich, Edward saw the possibility to capitalize on a niche market.
In 1974, Ed founded Seal Master, a custom rubber seal manufacturer. To fulfill the demand of a growing company’s need for resources, rubber and silicone extrusion operations were brought in house to fully integrate and expedite the manufacturing process. With that demand met, Ed saw an opportunity to leap into another rubber market, custom rubber profile extrusions and rubber extrusion manufacturing. It was from there ELBEX (Edward L Bittle Extrusions) was born.
Please follow the timeline below that highlights ELBEX's expansion over the last 20 years: