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Tribute Customer Spotlight: Nashville Rubber & Gasket Company

Nashville R&G

Nashville Rubber & Gasket Company is one of the two original “Rubber & Gasket” stores founded by Walter Bates, Michael Haley, and Art Schmidt in 1966. The two original stores have given birth to numerous other “Rubber & Gasket” stores in the last forty years and are spread out over nineteen states. A full service distributor of industrial supplies, Nashville R&G has served the Middle Tennessee area continuously for over fifty years.

RAGCO Affiliation Expands Product Selection  

ragco logoAn umbrella organization known as RAGCO (Rubber And Gasket Companies) was also formed to join the “Rubber and Gasket” stores into an organization that is capable of working on national pricing agreements or developing local agreements with customers. Ragco, Inc. now has over 50 member companies coast to coast, making it the largest supplier of industrial rubber products, gasketing, belting and related products in the world.


President Don Garner not only runs the day-to-day operation of Nashville R&G, but is a past President of the National Industrial Belting Association (NIBA). Don served as chairman of several NIBA committees including the Technical Committee before becoming president and had the opportunity to give Tribute input regarding its Belting Module during its inception.

Nashville Rubber & Gasket Opens Eaton Aeroquip Hose Center

Nashville R&G is a Premier Distributor for Eaton/Aeroquip hydraulic hose and fitting products, with a service van for on-site work and three Aeroquip Hydraulic Product Specialists on staff. They also offer hydraulic tube fabrication and custom bending along with a certified welding specialist for metal fabrications. In June of 2012, Nashville R&G proudly opened their Eaton Aeroquip Express Hose Center.

Nashville R&G-AeroquipStore#5A Certified Chemical Hose Distributor, their industrial hose department has certified hose pressure testing capabilities. They are also a Premier Distributor for Goodyear industrial hose, v-belts, and conveyor belting.

Serving Your Hose, Belting, Gasket & Packing Needs


Nashville Rubber’s inventory includes thousands of partscontained in four major departments throughout their fifty-six thousand square foot warehouse. Fabrication servicesinclude everything from custom cut gaskets, to custom fabricated hydraulic hoses, to custom sized conveyor belts that can be installed and vulcanized on-site at a customer’s facility.

Nashville R&G has been using software by Tribute, Inc. since 1992 to manage its extensive inventory and fabrication services for customers. Tribute's distribution software has been a significant asset to Nashville Rubber & Gasket and has played a big part in it becoming one of the premier distributors in the rubber products industry.

Nashville Rubber & Gasket Co., Inc.
1900 Elm Tree Drive
Nashville, TN 37210

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