AKRON (Sept. 23)—Lanxess Corp. plans to close its Akron sales and service office by early next year and reassign the employees there to new offices being set up in other locations.
Lanxess, the former Bayer A.G. chemicals and elastomers business, also is moving into new quarters in Pittsburgh near the existing Bayer headquarters there. The polybutadiene rubber business, headed by Tim Rae, will relocate to Orange, Texas—site of a Lanxess synthetic rubber plant—from Akron.
Lanxess' butyl rubber business will remain in Akron at new offices yet to be located, according to Jack McLaughlin, head of that business for Lanxess Rubber Group, North America.
The Lanxess North America Rubber Chemicals Business will relocate to Bushy Park, S.C., where Lanxess has a chemicals production site and is near the port where the company's imported materials arrive, according to Rae.
The number of personnel involved was not disclosed.
In Pittsburgh, Lanxess reportedly has settled on office space in Findlay Township near the Pittsburgh Airport and not far from Bayer's 300-acre headquarters campus in Robinson Township.
The Akron office originally was set up by Polysar.