It's time to decide who will be this year's William Stockwell. The president of Stockwell Elastomerics Inc. was named 2018 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year, in large part for guiding the century-old company through a transformation that allowed the Philadelphia-area firm to thrive in the competitive world of custom manufacturing.
Bruce joined Rubber &Plastics News in 1988 as an assistant editor. He later served as labor editor and senior editor before being named managing editor in 1995. He held that position until being named executive editor in 2013. In his current role he manages the daily operations of the publication, overseeing the print issue, website and email newsletters. In addition, Bruce continues to do some reporting, including covering the hose products beat. Prior to joining Rubber & Plastics News, he worked for three years at a daily newspaper in central Ohio. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1984 from Kent State University. Contact Bruce at [email protected]
AKRON—It's hard to believe Ed Miller's tenure with the Rubber Division almost didn't make it past the third month. Now, 19 years later, he's preparing for his final International Elastomer Conference, before retiring Jan. 15 and handing over the executive director reins to Lakisha Miller-Barclay, currently the division's director of finance and administration.
If you ever read the tagline at the bottom of my Wacky World of Rubber posts, you'll know that I claim to find rubber-related stories everywhere I go. Well, on a recent trip to Ireland I will admit it was challenging. The closest I could come was at the most unlikely of venues: The House of Waterford Crystal.
AKRON—Women are playing an increasingly larger role in all areas of the rubber business, from the board room to technical, sales and marketing roles, among others. And to demonstrate this trend, the ACS Rubber Division is holding a Women's Pre-conference Workshop prior to the opening of the Oct. 8-10 International Elastomer Conference.
Those of us who work closely to the modern rubber industry and all its technological brilliance may forget that rubber has a dark and violent history. The stories have been told in various forms in the past, and have come up again as the subject of a BBC story and podcast.