AKRON—And the winner ... and STILL Rubber Capital of the World ...
Akron may not be the epicenter for the commodity that it was post-World War II, circa 1960, when its rubber industry workers peaked at 58,000 and the overall population topped out at just more than 290,000, but it remains a major player.
From Goodyear's headquarters (now combined with Ohio-based Cooper Tire), to the University of Akron's esteemed School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, to the ACS Rubber Division and the various testing agencies that call Akron home, here are five reasons why the city remains a global hub for all things rubber.
In every issue leading up to our special 50th Anniversary edition on Aug. 9, we'll explore a new list of 5 things that have changed or are changing the industry. When our 50th anniversary issue arrives, you'll have a total of 50 things that define the last five decades.