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Tenneco plans Endurica lab growth
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MILAN, Ohio—Automotive supplier Tenneco Inc. is planning to continue expanding its material testing lab at its Milan technical center through 2019. The company's Clevite Elastomers brand,...
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MILAN, Ohio—Automotive supplier Tenneco is planning to continue expanding its material testing lab at its Milan technical center through 2019. MILAN, Ohio—Automotive supplier Tenneco is planning to continue expanding its material testing lab at its Milan technical center through 2019. $ MILAN, Ohio—Automotive supplier Tenneco is planning to continue expanding its material testing lab at its Milan technical center through 2019.
Wacky World of Rubber: Blimp's home getting its due
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History is tucked into unlikely places. I grew up in Canton, Ohio, a city that pays tribute to history as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, President William McKinley presidential...
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Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar may be one of those places that is wrapped in history, but often taken for granted. Now, 100 years after the hangar's construction, that is going to change in one small way. Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar may be one of those places that is wrapped in history, but often taken for granted. Now, 100 years after the hangar's construction, that is going to change in one small way. $Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar may be one of those places that is wrapped in history, but often taken for granted. Now, 100 years after the hangar's construction, that is going to change in one small way.
Automotive suppliers look for ways around tariffs
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As the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum products begin to impact bottom lines, auto suppliers are taking actions to sidestep the impact—all proactive, but some on the outside of legality....
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As the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum products begin to impact bottom lines, auto suppliers are taking actions to sidestep the impact—all proactive, but some on the outside of legality. As the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum products begin to impact bottom lines, auto suppliers are taking actions to sidestep the impact—all proactive, but some on the outside of legality. $As the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum products begin to impact bottom lines, auto suppliers are taking actions to sidestep the impact—all proactive, but some on the outside of legality.
SRM adds products, shows continued growth
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—SRM Industries Inc., a supplier of protective products and accessories used in the hose industry, has introduced two new products as the company continues to see strong...
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—SRM Industries, a supplier of protective products and accessories used in the hose industry, has introduced two new products as the company continues to see strong sales growth. MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—SRM Industries, a supplier of protective products and accessories used in the hose industry, has introduced two new products as the company continues to see strong sales growth. $MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—SRM Industries, a supplier of protective products and accessories used in the hose industry, has introduced two new products as the company continues to see strong sales growth.
Trump CAFE proposal faces legal thicket
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WASHINGTON—For the federal government's proposed freeze of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard to prevail, Trump administration officials will have to win on the legal battlefield....
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WASHINGTON—For the federal government's proposed freeze of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard to prevail, Trump administration officials will have to win on the legal battlefield. WASHINGTON—For the federal government's proposed freeze of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard to prevail, Trump administration officials will have to win on the legal battlefield. $WASHINGTON—For the federal government's proposed freeze of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standard to prevail, Trump administration officials will have to win on the legal battlefield.
3M adds to long-term wearable adhesives line
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ST. PAUL, Minn.—3M Inc. already is expanding its popular line of extended wear medical adhesives. The firm in June released 4077, a single coated medical extended wear adhesive nonwoven...
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ST. PAUL, Minn.—3M already is expanding its popular line of extended wear medical adhesives. ST. PAUL, Minn.—3M already is expanding its popular line of extended wear medical adhesives. $ ST. PAUL, Minn.—3M already is expanding its popular line of extended wear medical adhesives.
Photos: GRI donates computers school in Sri Lanka
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MAKANDURA, Sri Lanka—Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd. has donated 10 computer units with power backups to the Nalawalana Kanishta School in Makandura, a village ...
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MAKANDURA, Sri Lanka—Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries has donated 10 computer units with power backups to the Nalawalana Kanishta School in Makandura, a village that GRI says didn't have the means to teach computer education previously. MAKANDURA, Sri Lanka—Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries has donated 10 computer units with power backups to the Nalawalana Kanishta School in Makandura, a village that GRI says didn't have the means to teach computer education previously. $MAKANDURA, Sri Lanka—Specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries has donated 10 computer units with power backups to the Nalawalana Kanishta School in Makandura, a village that GRI says didn't have the means to teach computer education previously.
West to close Indiana plant, consolidate Florida sites
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EXTON, Pa.—West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. plans to close its contract manufacturing plant in Frankfort, Ind., and consolidate its facility in Clearwater, Fla., with one in nearby St....
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EXTON, Pa.—West Pharmaceutical plans to close its contract manufacturing plant in Frankfort, Ind., and consolidate its facility in Clearwater, Fla., with one in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla. EXTON, Pa.—West Pharmaceutical plans to close its contract manufacturing plant in Frankfort, Ind., and consolidate its facility in Clearwater, Fla., with one in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla. $EXTON, Pa.—West Pharmaceutical plans to close its contract manufacturing plant in Frankfort, Ind., and consolidate its facility in Clearwater, Fla., with one in nearby St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tenneco, Federal-Mogul deal close to completion
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MILAN, Ohio—Tenneco Inc. still is in the process of closing its acquisition of Federal-Mogul L.L.C., which was announced in April. The $5.4 billion deal is expected to close in the second...
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MILAN, Ohio—Tenneco still is in the process of closing its acquisition of Federal-Mogul, which was announced in April. MILAN, Ohio—Tenneco still is in the process of closing its acquisition of Federal-Mogul, which was announced in April. $MILAN, Ohio—Tenneco still is in the process of closing its acquisition of Federal-Mogul, which was announced in April.
Reed Rubber uses consistency to help cement 95-year legacy
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ST. LOUIS—Consistency is tough to establish, especially for a long period of time. But 95 years after its founding, Reed Rubber Products Inc. is still thriving. The St. Louis-based custom...
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ST. LOUIS—Consistency is tough to establish, especially for a long period of time. But 95 years after its founding, Reed Rubber Products is still thriving. ST. LOUIS—Consistency is tough to establish, especially for a long period of time. But 95 years after its founding, Reed Rubber Products is still thriving. $ST. LOUIS—Consistency is tough to establish, especially for a long period of time. But 95 years after its founding, Reed Rubber Products is still thriving.
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Published on May 16, 2018

Wacky World of Rubber: Benefits of artificial turf

Today's synthetic turfs do not need fertilizer, water or other resources to be maintained—just standard cleaning without all the mowing.

The playing field is one of the most important elements across all sports.

When it's working, it's hardly talked about. But when things go wrong—like say splitting in two or melting because of extreme temperatures—people notice. And sports fans are not exactly the most forgiving people. That is, unless the faux pas worked in their team's favor.

Artificial turf is nothing new and long has been the choice for indoor arenas. However, even outdoor stadiums are embracing it more frequently thanks to retractable roofs and the need to try to find a playing field that won't succumb to the elements.

Don't get me wrong, watching a "mudbowl" is fun…until a star player gets seriously injured. And being a Cleveland fan, it's probably going to happen to my team.

According to Dow Chemical Co., artificial turfs have evolved significantly. And today's synthetic turfs do not need fertilizer, water or other resources to be maintained—just standard cleaning without all the mowing.

Polyurethane resins, which Dow supplies, often are a material that pops up on these fields. They help improve the softness of the grass itself to ease the impact when an athlete comes in contact with the ground—like in football or rugby.

And unlike natural grass, the turf won't muddy up should it rain during that football game—American or Euro style—decreasing the chance of a major injury and increasing the quality of competition.

That's something I can definitely get behind.

Chris Sweeney considered installing rubber turf to avoid mowing the lawn, but then remembered he lives in an apartment. Follow him on Twitter @CSweeneyRPN.

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