BFG Opens Adhesives Plant
|Title||BFG Opens Adhesives Plant |
|Transcript||BFG Opens Adhesives Plant
Reveals Powerful Bonding Product
By JOSEPH E. KUEBLER
Business And Industrial Writer
A new adhesive that bonds vinyl plastic to steel so the two materials become virtually inseparable was announced today by B. F. Goodrich Industrial Products Co.
The development was disclosed as the B. F. Goodrich Co. division formally opened its $2.5 million adhesives plant in Akron. Specially designed for the manufacture of adhesives, the structure is the first major expansion of Goodrich production facilities in Akron since the construction of the belt plant in 1950. Started late in 1957, the project reflects the decision of Goodrich management to put increasing emphasis on the adhesives industry in which it had been a factor for years.
The two-story plant, the most modern in the adhesives industry, has 70,000 square feet of floor space and will be operated by a staff of about 100. It is located at Bowery and Bartges sts.
Goodrich's new cement, named A-978-B, attaches vinyl to the sheet steel so firmly that the metal can be stretched 35 per cent without weakening the bond or damaging the plastic coating.
NO OTHER vinyl-to-metal adhesive has passed torture tests devised to evaluate this new material, said Clyde O. DeLong, president of the industrial products division.
"These tests - including boiling in water for 30 minutes, exposure to 200 degrees temperature for seven days, and humid storage at 160 degrees for 1,000 hours - prove that the A-978-B bond remains as strong after stretching as before" DeLong added.
THE ADHESIVE will be one of the many to be produced in the new streamlined plant. Participating in the opening today were DeLong, President J.W. Keener of Goodrich, Mayor Berg and a delegation from the Akron Chamber of Commerce headed by President C.A. Palmer.
Gov. Di Salle wired Keener that "Ohio joins me in welcoming the newest addition to the B.F. Goodrich
manufacturing facilities in our state." The governor extended his congratulations on the opening of the plant which he said "again attests to the soundness of the decision that founded
your company in that city 88 years ago and helped to foster the great industrial development of our state today."
IN ADDITION to production facilities, the plant houses a development laboratory. De Long said this will enable the company to offer rapid service in the development of adhesives to meet a customer's special needs.
An important consideration in the decision to integrate laboratory and production facilities was the opportunity to speed delivery to customers through such an organization, he explained.
"The plant provides facilities to meet the growing demands of our commercial customers in addition to servicing the adhesive requirements of Goodrich manufacturing in Akron" DeLong pointed out.
He looks for the adhesives industry to double in size within the next five years because
of the rapidly increasing use
of adhesives and sealants.
THE NEW plant will produce anything in adhesives from stationery cement for the office, to tough adhesives for putting airplanes together, and bonding automotive brake linings.
For a dozen years, Goodrich's "Plastilock" has been used to cement the brake linings of Chevrolet automobiles. A new form of this same adhesive was utilized in building the supersonic B-58 jet bomber. |
|Description||Article announces opening of B.F. Goodrich Company adhesives plant in Akron. Also discusses new A-978-B bonding agent. |
|Subject||B. F. Goodrich Company|
|Creator||Kuebler, Joseph E. |
|Publisher||Akron Beacon Journal |
|Contributors||Akron-Summit County Public Library|
|Format||10.5 x 7 in |
|Source||BF_opens adhesives plant.jpg |
|Relation||Business and Government pamphlet files|
|Rights||Copyright owned by the Akron Beacon Journal |
|Names||DeLong, Clyde O.|