ARDL celebrates opening of new facility
Akron Rubber Development Laboratory started searching for a new home for its business in 2014. It wasn't until 2016 that one of the firm's owners came across the 134,000-sq.-ft. building in Barberton that would become its new home. ARDL then started the planning process with the architect in 2016-17 and lining up contractors. The design process took the rest of 2017 and into 2018, and then it was another year until the 57-year-old firm moved into the first 30,000 square feet of renovated space in the new building as the company eventually looks to consolidate from its current three buildings into just the new Barberton site.