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Learn the history of the Ohio Rubber Group. Find archived newsletters, historian reports and technical presentations here.


Ohio Rubber Group

Technical Presentations:

Fall Technical Meeting - September 26, 2023

“Sustainability in Rubber and Plastics

Nicki Hershberger, Senior Technical Advisor, Akron Rubber Development Laboratories

“Testing and Analysis Methods for Rubber Durability

William Mars, President, Endurica LLC


Spring Technical Meeting - April 18, 2023

Chain Shuffling: A Synthetic Pathway to Multiblock Copolymers

Abhishek Banerjee, Grad. Student in Polymer Science, The University of Akron

Introduction to Transfer Molding Using ACM

Ryan Furno, Sr. Materials Engineer, Sigmasoft

“Development of Silica Filled Military Track Pads

Lucas Dos Santos, Senior Research Associate, PPG Silica Products, and Chris Tolliver, Physical Scientist, Army


Winter Technical Meeting - January 24, 2023

“A Rheological Approach to Liquid Silicone Resins

Jessica Gialamas, Alpha Technologies

Sustainable EPDM Rubber, Expanding the Keltan® Eco Family

Pete Spanos, Sr. Technical Manager, Arlanxeo North America

“What Can Gummy Bears Teach Us About Biological Elastomers?

Justin Barone, Biological Systems Engineering, Center for Soft Matter and Biological Physics, Macromolecules Innovation Institute, Virginia Tech


2022 Technical Meetings:
Fall Technical Meeting - September 27, 2022

“Simultaneous Determination of Additive Concentration in Rubber Using ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy

Stephen Merriman, ORG Scholarship Recipient, PhD Candidate, Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron



Cyber Security”

Todd E. Riley, CISM, Cyber Security Manufacturing Leader, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.


Spring Technical Meeting - April 12, 2022

“General Considerations in Failure Analysis of Rubber and Plastics”

Dr. Jason Poulton, Senior Technical Advisor, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory



Bioinspired Material Design from 3D Printed Rubber”

Arnob Banik, ORG Scholarship Recipient, Global Technology Intern, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Akron



Most Effective Tests for Measuring Quality of Mix When Using Recycled Rubber Powders”

John Dick, Richard Hanzlik, Alpha Technologies


Winter Technical Meeting - January 25, 2022

“Engineering Academy Polymer Testing Course at Stow-Monroe Falls High School”

David Helmick, Engineering Academy Polymer Testing Instructor, Stow-Munroe Falls High School


“Building Ohio’s Elastomer Resiliency in Challenging Times”

Paul Boulier, Vice President for Industry and Innovation, Team NEO


History of the Ohio Rubber Group

The Ohio Rubber Group was formed on January 1, 2008. Since 1928 when the first rubber group was formed, there have been several rubber groups in the Ohio geographical area which are no longer active.

The Inaugural meeting for the Ohio Rubber Group was held on January 22, 2008, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, Ohio. The officers were installed at the Board Meeting held earlier in the day prior to the Technical meeting and dinner.

The Group holds three Technical meetings yearly. The Winter Technical meeting is held in January, followed by the Spring Technical meeting in April. The Fall Technical meeting is held in September. There are two annual golf outings, one in June and a second outing in August.

History of the Northeast Ohio Rubber Group

On November 7, 1965, forty-eight men representing eighteen rubber companies and ten suppliers held an organizational meting at Howard Johnson’s Motor inn in Geneva, Ohio. Mr. Cecil Draper of Geneva Rubber Company and Mr. Ben Larson of Naugatuck were most instrumental in making this meeting possible.

At the first regular meeting on February 8, 1966, one hundred-one members elected the following slate of officers:

Chairman: Howard Laney, Geneva Rubber Co.

Vice Chairman: John Frankfurth, Harwick Chemical Corp.

Secretary: Robert Betancourt, Packard Electric

Treasurer: Mike Domenick, Shell Chemical

The Group met at various locations in Northeast Ohio until 1971 when they moved to the Casa di Borally in Richmond Heights. All technical meetings have been held there since.

History of the Akron Rubber Group

In 1928, Harry L. Fisher, then Rubber Division, ACS chairman, suggested the formation of regional or local rubber groups. With his encouragement, affiliated regional groups were established in Akron, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. The original purpose of these regionally focused organizations was to encourage the exchange of industry related technical information by eliminating the barriers imposed by long distance travel.

The main objectives and intended benefits of this pioneer effort were to create an atmosphere for the sharing of current or innovative technical information and to establish an effective means for all rubber industry personnel to become acquainted. Currently, membership is offered to anyone with an interest or activity in the rubber industry. Because a top priority remains keeping the industry unified, the group enjoys a number of exciting activities.

The ideal location of local rubber groups, in general, was initiated in 1927 at a Richmond, Virginia meeting of the Rubber Division, ACS. At that time, four U.S. cities, Akron, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston were targeted as sites for the formation of these groups. The groups would ideally serve as forums for discussion on industry hot topics, products and more while providing unity to the rubber community.

As a result of this initial discussion, the Akron Rubber Group was formed, holding their first meeting in February 1928 with Dr. R. P. Dinsmore heading the operation. Since then, the group has enjoyed a number of successful “firsts”, establishing a mode of operation familiar and effective for all members, new and old.

November 1931
First public disclosure of a new polymer, Duprene (now known as Neoprene®. Present at this landmark meeting was Father Julius Niewland, head of the Dept. of Chemistry at Notre Dame whose early work in acetylene paved the way for Neoprene’s development by DuPont chemists.

June 1932
First summer outing as a unified group. A golf and tennis party was held at Silver Lake Country Club for all members to enjoy. Aside from several years during World War II, this outing has been an annual event to which members look forward even now.

February 1948
First panel discussion format was used, setting forth a standard in presentation and discussion on which the group has continued to build. This pioneer format has since evolved into an afternoon symposium of papers covering rubber industry topics including engineering, marketing, quality control, processing and chemicals.

April 1954
Scholarship Program is established in cooperation with The University of Akron. The program to this day is designed to support a total of four chemistry or chemical engineering students.

April 1955
Akron Rubber Group was incorporated.

Fall 1955
Technical Lecture Series is established, also in cooperation with The University of Akron. To date this series has been instrumental in bringing together the top minds from the many industry related disciplines.

Winter 1968
For a long time, memberships came solely from the tire companies so heavily concentrated in the Akron area creating a focus on tire related topics for all symposia and events. Around this time however, the Akron Rubber Group forged a concentrated effort to expand coverage to the rubber industry as a whole, an effort that continues today. Established also at this time were guidelines setting forth standards for annual meetings and symposia.

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Rubber Division, ACS Meetings for 2023

2023 SPRING:

Spring Technical Meeting, April 25 – 27, 2023, Marriott Cleveland East, ​​​​​​​26300 Harvard Road, Warrensville Heights, Ohio

2023 FALL:

International Elastomer Conference, Technical Meeting & Educational Symposium, October 16 – 19, 2023, Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Chemical Association

Cleveland Chemical Association

Visit their website for a full calendar of events. 

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Inspiring Plastics Professionals

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SPE Akron
Thermoplastic Elastomers Special Interest Group


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