MILWAUKEE—John Long, no longer bound by a contract to one company, is offering his 45 years of experience in compounding, processing and developing raw materials specifications to any company in need of a consultant.
The former ACS Rubber Division chairman and one of two current division councilors ended a 16-year run—the last 1½ years as a consultant—with Lion Copolymer L.L.C. and its predecessor, DSM Copolymer, on July 31.
“I've gotten a couple of contracts, and talking to people here (at the Rubber Division meeting in Milwaukee), it looks like I'll pick up several more,” he said. “It's not going to be full time—I'm playing it by ear.”
Long's expertise is compounding.
“I've had compounding experience in tires, conveyor belts, hose, flooring, shoe soles, all kinds of products. A pretty well-rounded education,” the consultant said.
In processing, Long worked with internal mixers, mill mixing, extrusion, calendering and curing.
“About half my experience has been in research and development, and half in plant operations.”
Long also has quite a bit of experience in the polymerization of styrene-butadiene rubber, and also worked with Zeon Chemicals L.P., mostly with emulsion polymers.
Before joining DSM Copolymer, he spent about 29 years with B.F. Good-rich, with much of that time working and living abroad.
Long is president of his consulting business, JMLong Rubber Consultants L.L.C. He lives in North Canton, Ohio, and can be reached at 330-499-6909.