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Michigan Rubber Group set to host Focus on Ferris

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EAST LANSING, Mich.—The Michigan Rubber Group will hold its annual Focus on Ferris Open House on March 19 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.

The ACS Rubber Division course, “Introduction to Rubber Processing,” will be offered. The class will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $425 for a Rubber Division member and $500 for a non-member.

To make hotel reservations, call the Holiday Inn and Conference Center at Big Rapids at 231-796-4400. Mention group code MRG to receive the discounted $92 per night rate.

To register, go to, or contact the Rubber Division's Christie Robinson at for more info.

After the course, the Michigan Rubber Group will conduct its annual open house of the National Elastomer Center. Cost of the open house, social hour and dinner is included in the course fee, but for those not attending the course, cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Reservations should be made with Chuck Lenk of Laur Silicone at

For more information, contact Mike Morrow at; call 517-339-0812 or go to

Pre-conference workshop added to tire conference

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.—For the first time, the Clemson University Tire Industry Conference will offer a pre-conference workshop when it convenes at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort April 23-25.

The workshop, “Legislative/Regulatory Development and Rulemaking,” is scheduled from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23. Michael Wischhusen, technical director-litigation at Michelin North America Inc. and a frequent speaker at the conference, will lead the workshop.

Early bird registration is $795 per person for the conference and $995 for the conference and pre-conference workshop until Feb. 28. After Feb. 28, registration is $995 for the conference, $1,295 for the conference and workshop.

The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort has reserved a block of rooms for conference attendees at $159 per night. March 31 is the deadline for the special rate. Mention the Clemson Conference when booking. For more information, go to

Dietrich, Tozer to speak at ASC's spring convention

ORLANDO, Fla.—Executives Jeff Dietrich and Dwight Tozer will be the keynote speakers at the Adhesive and Sealant Council's Spring Convention and Expo, to be held April 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.

Dietrich, senior analyst at the Institute for Trend Research, will share where he believes the U.S. and global economies are headed in 2014 and 2015 and how that will impact ASC members.

Tozer, vice president of the adhesion industry business at the ExxonMobil Chemical Co., will discuss the increase in domestic natural gas production due to abundant shale gas supplies in the U.S.

Meanwhile the ASC will hold a pressure sensitive short course April 28-29 in Orlando. Registration for the course is available, and an early bird discount ends on March 1. To register, go to