AKRON—Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc. has hired Ted Nelson as its technical adviser.
Nelson has 24 years of experience in the rubber industry. He started his career as a compound development chemist and process chemist with Cooper Tire and Rubber Co.
After a short stint with Walbridge Coatings Inc., Nelson joined Hercules Tire and Rubber Co. in 2002 as technical director.
The plant was purchased by Biltrite Industries in 2005, then Robbins L.L.C. in 2009. Nelson became plant manager for Robbins during the transition and was promoted to vice president of technology over three facilities, eventually being transferred to the corporate offices in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
When Hexpol A.B. purchased Robbins, Nelson went to AirBoss of America Corp. as its director of strategic development.