HOUSTON (Dec. 9)— The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers Inc. will honor two Firestone Polymer executives at its next annual general meeting.
John Schremp, retired president of the business, will be the recipient of the General Award and Daniel Graves, the firm´s product development manager, will receive the Technical Award.
"This is unprecedented for our industry for both recipients to be from the same company," said James L. McGraw, IISRP managing director and CEO.
Schremp is being honored for his contribution to the industry and to the success of the IISRP. From 1991 until his retirement in 2004 he was president of Firestone Polymers and Firestone Natural Rubber Co. and vice president of Bridgestone Americas.
Graves began his 32-year career as a technician at Firestone's Central Research Elastomer Synthesis Group where he contributed to the development of specialty elastomers.
He continued his research working as a tire compounder to develop elastomers with reduced rolling resistance. His research continued, leading to the development and commercialization of styrenic butadiene block copolymers, low rolling resistance BR and SBR and SSBR substitutes for ESBR and high cis BR.