Akron in Summit County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
United States Synthetic Rubber Program 1939-1945
National Historic Chemical Landmark
—Akron, Ohio —
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 B.F. Goodrich Company
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Standard Oil Company of New Jersey
United States Rubber Company
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
3. Synthetic rubber. Wikipedia page gives some background. (Submitted on July 18, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Science & Medicine • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 586 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.