Steele Rubber Products makes high quality weatherstripping for windshields, doors, windows, hoods, and trunks. We also offer other rubber parts that are hard to find, including gaskets, pedal pads, fuel system parts and bumpers, among others. Rather than produce and supply only a limited number of parts, we try to supply rubber parts for multiple makes and models of restoration vehicles. Steele Rubber Products was founded in 1958 in Michigan by Lynn Steele. Originally producing gas-powered go-carts, we were known as Spinster. Mr. Steele combined his skills and love for cars, concentrating on manufacturing quality automotive rubber parts. He renamed the company Tool Craft Die & Engineering and expanding the business to tool and die manufacturing. In 1975, he moved the company to Denver, North Carolina. In the 1980s, we officially changed our name to Steele Rubber Products, honoring the man that started it all.
Steele believes it is less costly for our customers to “do it right the first time” than to buy inferior products that won’t stand up over time or meet their high expectations. The Steele name and logo stand for quality parts for all types of American-made cars from the 1930s on. From antique and classic cars to trucks and muscle cars, our success comes from our close relationship with our customers.
From a small business to the international company that Steele Rubber Products is today, we have not forgotten our roots. We still use Lynn Steele's proven method of manufacturing parts by hand, and developing new parts by using only originals and detailed research. Over the years we have developed more advanced tools but it is not uncommon to see our staff members testing parts on their own cars.
Steele continues to stay at the forefront of advancements in manufacturing technology. We continue to maintain a commitment to hands-on quality. Our staff of professionals includes car enthusiasts, just like our customers, ensuring that our auto parts are made with the same care and commitment we expect when restoring our own vehicles. In addition, Steele continues to be an active member of the automotive restoration industry. We are active supporters of political legislation that helps our industry and the auto restoration hobby. Steele staff members serve on many national automotive committees. We have won many industry awards, including "Manufacturer of the Year" by the Automotive Restoration Marketplace Organization (ARMO).