We've compiled what the editorial staff saw as the 10 biggest stories in the industry. In addition, we've put together a recap to some of the other major events that had a broad impact in a variety of industry sectors.
As we prepare for another exciting year, join us as we look back at 2017.
We started our countdown with Judit Puskas, whose career was celebrated this year when she became the first female recipient of the ACS Rubber Division's Charles Goodyear Medal, and continued with a look at the slow rebound of the oil and gas industry.
We also examined the merger between chemical giants Dow and Dupont and looked at the fines Goodyear received after the deaths of five workers. We explored how Hurricane Harvey impacted the industry, how GM is shaping it with its committment to sustainable natural rubber, and how import duties may affect manufacturing.
We continue today with the No. 3 story of 2017.
3. New labor deals, conflicts
It was an active, and relatively peaceful, year for labor negotiations.