KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—For the chairs of the ACS Rubber Division, the International Elastomer Conference they preside over in the fall typically is the peak that leads to the end of their yearlong reigns.
But for James Eddy, who served as Rubber Division chair this past year and oversaw many of the festivities at the IEC held Oct. 10-13 in Knoxville, it's almost like the event put an exclamation point on his more than four decades in the industry.
While he plans on staying on a couple committees, he is planning to move from the Detroit home he has lived in since 1986 to build a home on a 20-acre parcel of land he owns in New Mexico. He and Michael Morrow, another former Rubber Division chair, used to joke that Eddy was moving to the Southwest to start the Guayule Farmers Rubber Group.
"It's been a very enjoyable experience, and this week in particular has been very gratifying," Eddy said during the IEC.