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Long development journey pays off for Tweel, Michelin
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AKRON—For the record, Michelin's Steve Cron isn't a big fan of the name given to the product that has defined much of his 30-year career in the tire industry. That product is the Tweel, the ...
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Evonik opens tire silicas plant in South Carolina
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Old Dana taps the fountain of youth
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MAUMEE, Ohio—With little fanfare this year, one of the global auto industry's oldest suppliers began repositioning itself for a business of the future. Dana Inc. has made two key...
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Kent Elastomer to expand headquarters
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KENT, Ohio—Kent Elastomer Products Inc. is expanding its headquarters to accommodate its growing work force.The firm broke ground on an extension to the office area of its Kent facility,...
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Private equity firm KKR set to acquire Minnesota Rubber & Plastics
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MINNEAPOLIS—Norwest Equity Partners has agreed to sell Quadion L.L.C., which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, to global investment firm KKR & Co. L.P. Terms of the...
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University of Akron professor emeritus to receive 2019 Charles Goodyear Medal
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A professor emeritus at the University of Akron will be the next recipient of the Charles Goodyear Medal, the highest honor given by the ACS Rubber Division. Roderic Quirk,...
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Video: Auto industry, global population are driving elastomer industry innovation
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Techniques such as high-throughput catalyst research, enhanced analytical science and 3D imaging are accelerating innovation in the elastomer industry, according to the...
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Video: Keynoter Schattenmann talks innovations in polymer development Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population. Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population. $Florian Schattenmann, vice president of performance materials & coatings R&D at Dow Chemical Co., delivered the keynote address at the ACS Rubber Division's International Elastomer Conference in Louisville Oct. 9. Schattenmann spoke of the innovations in polymer development at Dow that were dictated by the needs of auto makers and a growing world population.
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Published on April 11, 2018

Wacky World of Rubber: Clothing shop pays homage to 'Rubber City'

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
Throughout the store, Rubber City Clothing has pictures of the famous Goodyear blimps, an iconic image for Akron residents.

It's been many years since the city of Akron truly had rights to call itself the "Rubber Capital of the World."

But the town still dubs itself "Rubber City." After all, Akron remains home to Goodyear's headquarters, technical center and race tire production; Bridgestone's Technical Center and R&D campus, as well as Indy Car race tire manufacturing; the University of Akron's polymer college; and any number of other tech centers, suppliers and smaller rubber product firms.

And to this day, any number of businesses have incorporated the term "Rubber City" into their company names.

One in particular—Rubber City Clothing—has made a successful business by selling a good deal of items paying homage to the tire and rubber industry history of Akron.

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
Many of the designs at Rubber City Clothing pay homage to Akron's history as the Rubber Capital of the World.

The custom apparel shop opened in 2004, and last September moved its storefront to be one of the anchor tenants of a small shopping area known as Northside District. The shopping complex is located just off downtown in an area that's also home to Luigi's Restaurant, one of the iconic Italian restaurants of the city. The district also is home to a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, a Speakeasy cocktail bar, a number of art shops and is adjacent to one of the main loading spots for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

While locals, or those visiting the area, can drop in to browse through the offerings, those who may be homesick for Akron can shop for any of the shirts or other related items online at RCC's website.

The store offers any number of designs that cater to a variety of subjects related to Akron. There's designs for the many Akron neighborhoods, such as Highland Square (where I live), Firestone Park, Goodyear Heights and others. There's a shirt designed to honor the Soap Box Derby, and there are several to tout Akron being the home to Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, particularly the best-selling "Just a Kid from Akron, Ohio."

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
The "Just a kid from Akron, Ohio" is one of the more popular designs offered at Rubber City Clothing.

But Rubber City Clothing also doesn't forget the roots of the city. It's "Rubber" category contains more than two dozen designs, and there's a handful more in its "Blimps" category. The rubber-related offerings include such designs as:

  • One that says "Proud Descendant of a Rubber Worker: Akron, Ohio"
  • A variety of tread designs;
  • Ones that say, Think, Respect, Know or Love Rubber;
  • One that recalls the Firestone team in the industrial basketball league of the 1940s and 1950s;
  • Another that says "The Waking Tread," playing on the popular "Walking Dead" show; and
  • One that says "Rubber City Mama" with a tire in the background.

I particularly liked a design depicting the 1960 Goodrich invention for an inflatable suit for "high altitude flight"—what most would call a space suit.

That's not to mention non-clothing items for sale. The various chachkies on display include tire-shaped erasers made from recycled rubber, along with any number of blimp-related items, from chocolates to erasers to refrigerator magnets to photos of the actual Goodyear blimps.

And of course, Rubber City Clothing still offers the "Rubber Capital of the World: Akron, Ohio" shirt design in any number of colors, with the names General Tire, Firestone, Goodyear, Goodrich and Mohawk all written around the sidewalls of the design.

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
A number of rubber- and tire-related trinkets are for sale at the store.

With all the choices, one of the staff members told me the classic tire and rubber related designs are still consistent sellers at the store. Of course, she also said some of the younger customers ask why the store is named "Rubber City," having no idea that Akron once carried that unofficial title.

That may seem unthinkable to those of us who have lived much of our lives in the region or have spent decades in the rubber industry. So the younger generation needs a history lesson, all she needs to do is show them around the shop.

Meyer is editor of Rubber & Plastics News, and he sees potential rubber-related stories nearly everywhere he goes. Follow him on Twitter @bmeyerRPN.

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