WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Two ASTM International rubber industry-related committees have awarded members for their contributions throughout the years.
The carbon black committee (D24) honored Wes Balentine with the Jeff Melsom Distinguished Service award, and the rubber and rubber-like materials committee (D11) recognized John Bailey with the Distinguished Service award, according to an ASTM news release.
Balentine—former manager of manufacturing and national accounts manager at J.M. Huber Corp., and founder of Balentine Enterprises Inc.—was honored for 23 years of dedication to the committee. He contributed to developing and advancing the technical quality of carbon black standards.
He founded Balentine Enterprises in 1994 and sold carbon black standards until 2019. His industry career began at J.M. Huber in 1960. Balentine also was a member of the American Chemical Society.
Bailey, president of OkStats Inc. of Broken Arrow, Okla., was awarded for his 30 years with the committee. His contributions include the development and maintenance of international standards for the rubber industry, and time spent as a sub-chairman.
Bailey, who has been president of OkStats since 2010, previously worked as a corporate quality manager for Continental Carbon Co. He also is a previous recipient of the Jeff Melsom Distinguished Service award in 1998, and the Award of Merit in 2009, the ASTM's highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards. Bailey served on the committee for the ASTM Award of Merit from 2010-12.