New Brunswick, Industrial Rubber Company
Barry Kyle is CEO of Industrial Rubber Ltd., with operations in Bathurst, NB, and Mount Pearl and Labrador City, NL. He began his career in sales and marketing with a local tire shop in his hometown of Bathurst, and has been growing and transforming Industrial Rubber since taking it over in 1986. Under Kyle’s leadership, the firm has become an industry-leading producer of rubber-molded products and linings for pulp and paper, chemical, and mining companies. In 2010, Industrial Rubber started operations in St. John’s to serve the oil and gas sector, and in March 2012, it opened a new 12,000-square-foot location in Labrador City to manufacture rubberized pipe coating for the mining sector, doubling the company’s production. Kyle is also owner of Green Kore Inc, CT Sales, & Hatheway Nissan.
Kyle is Chairman of the Board at the Port of Belledune, and has been involved with many community organizations such as the Rotary and Kinsman Clubs, the Bathurst Regional Economic Development Agency, Enterprise Chaleur, and the City of Bathurst Planning Commission. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and the Canadian Professional Sales Association; in 2011, he became one of the youngest-ever inductees to the New Brunswick JA Business Hall of Fame. Kyle is a member of the Board of Regents of Mount Allison University, where he graduated with degrees in Arts and Education.
A Progress magazine feature reports that Port of Belledune president and CEO Rayburn Doucett says Kyle’s personable humility is why people see him as a community leader. “Barry is always thinking outside the box,” he says. “He looks at things in a way others haven’t thought of yet, but he’s willing to share his knowledge and his time, and that’s very valuable.”