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Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945

National Historic Chemical Landmark

 

—Akron, Ohio —

 
United States Synthetic Rubber Program Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 23, 2011
1. United States Synthetic Rubber Program Marker
Inscription.

Top plaque:

When the natural rubber supply from Southeast Asia was cut off at the beginning of World War II, the United States and its allies faced the loss of a strategic material. With U.S. government sponsorship, a consortium of companies involved in rubber research and production united in a unique spirit of technical cooperation and dedication to produce a general-purpose synthetic rubber, GR-S (Government Rubber-Styrene), on a commercial scale. In Akron and other U.S. locations, these companies, in collaboration with a network of researchers in numerous government, academic, and industrial laboratories, developed and manufactured in record time enough synthetic rubber to meet the needs of the U.S. and its allies during World War II.


The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
The B.F. Goodrich Company
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Standard Oil Company of New Jersey
United States Rubber Company


Bottom plaque:
Dedicated August 29, 1998 at the University of Akron, this site was selected because of its central location and the participation of the rubber research laboratories in the wartime development of synthetic rubber.
 
Erected 1998 by American Chemical Society.
 
Location.
United States Synthetic Rubber Program Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 23, 2011
2. United States Synthetic Rubber Program Marker
Marker on the turn-around of University Avenue.
41° 4.623′ N, 81° 30.861′ W. Marker is in Akron, Ohio, in Summit County. Marker is on University Avenue 0 miles east of Hill Street. Click for map. The marker is located alongside a turn-around, just in front of the Goodyear Polymer Center on the campus of the University of Akron. Marker is at or near this postal address: 170 University Avenue, Akron OH 44325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1936 Akron Rubber Strike (approx. 0.4 miles away); Creating Crossroads of Commerce (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Sojourner Truth's Speech on Women's Rights (approx. 0.6 miles away); United Rubber Workers International Union (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Howard Street District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Glendale Steps (approx. ¾ mile away); Middlebury Lodge No. 34 F.&A.M. (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Akron.
 
Also see . . .
1. Goodyear Polymer Center. A link to the University of Akron web page describing the building. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 

2. United States Synthetic Rubber Program. American Chemical Society web page describing the program in more detail. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
United States Synthetic Rubber Program Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, June 23, 2011
3. United States Synthetic Rubber Program Marker
The Goodyear Polymer Center, in front of which stands the marker and, in this photo, a 40-foot-tall, transparent polyurethane sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
 

3. Synthetic rubber. Wikipedia page gives some background. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & MedicineWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 551 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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