GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 23) — Michelin North America Inc. said it will name a laboratory being built at Clemson University after Edouard Michelin, the company's CEO who died in a boating accident a year ago.
The lab, set to be completed this fall, will be named the Edouard Michelin Research Laboratory. It will be tied to the Michelin Endowed Chair in Vehicular Electronic Systems Integration at Clemson. The chair was endowed in 2005 and is held by Todd Hubing, who will direct work at the lab.
Edouard Michelin strongly believed that education and technology could make the world a better place, and his vision remains the guiding force at Michelin today, said Jim Micali, the company's chairman and president. He said it is appropriate that the company establish a research laboratory Michelin's memory to honor his passion for innovation and his commitment to excellence.