AKRON—Shelby Washko, the ACS Rubber Division's longtime historian, made a little history herself April 22 when she won the honor of having the longest tenure in the rubber industry of participants in the 25-Year Club Luncheon.
The retired Zeon Corp. and Polymerics Inc. executive has spent 50 years in the industry, good enough to win the "countdown" of people attending the luncheon during the Rubber Division's spring meeting in Akron. She is one of the most-visible of participants at the division conferences, since she is the official photographer of the events.
The 25-Year Club—an informal group of people who have spent at least 25 years in the rubber business—meets during each Rubber Division convention. Previous winners of the countdown aren't eligible to receive the honor. That rule excluded several veteran attendees of the Akron affair from snagging the longevity award, including the two winners from the last meeting, John Deputy of Americas International, chairman of the 25-Year Club committee, and Richard Hupp of RJ Consulting.
They both won with 53 years of rubber industry experience.