25 years ago—Jan. 12, 1976
The U.S. International Trade Commission begins investigating alleged dumping of nitrile rubber made in Japan.
Five companies join the Rubber Manufacturers As-sociation—Buffalo Weaving & Belting Co., Larry Goad & Co. Inc., Goodyear Rubber Co., Metalcoat Inc. and Neff-Perkins Co.
Smithers Scientific Services Inc. buys Compliance Testing Inc.
10 years ago—Jan. 7, 1991
RBX-Holdings Inc. buys Rubatex Corp. and rubber mixer Empire Chem Inc.
Monsanto Chemical Co. begins an expansion and modernization of four rubber chemical plants.
A Canadian appeals court rules Bridgestone/Firestone Canada Inc. must pay pensions to workers who lost their jobs when it closed a Hamilton, Ontario, tire factory in 1988.
Five years ago—Jan. 8, 1996
Blaming higher raw material costs, five tire makers announce price increases of about 3 percent.
The sale of Gates Rubber Co. to Tomkins P.L.C. is delayed, as negotiations over a few remaining issues proceed.
Strikebound Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America resume contract talks.