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Bayer closes two Sarnia, Ontario rubber units. (Corporate, Financial News).

Bayer announced a restructuring of its rubber business. Bayer's Butyl I Unit will cease operations in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, as the site completes consolidation of its butyl rubber production to a newly expanded Butyl II facility. In addition, the local Butadiene Rubber (BR) Unit will be closed. This move is a continuation of the company's long-term strategy to strengthen its competitiveness in butyl and butadiene rubbers. Some 300 jobs will be affected as a result of the restructuring.

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, celebrated the grand opening of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Synthetic Chemistry Research Laboratory in the school's new state-of-the-art Albro Falconer Manley Science Center. During the unveiling of the Goodyear lab, the company was recognized for its belief in the importance of a diverse workforce, for investing in the potential of African-American women scientists and for the partnership forged many years ago between Goodyear and Spelman. Goodyear was named Corporation of the Year by the NAACP's Region Five at the organization's 50th Annual Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute in Charlotte, NC. Goodyear received the award based on the partnership it has developed with the NAACP's southeast region, which is comprised of seven states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Goodyear employs more than 14,000 associates at factory, retail and commercial operations in the region.

Acushnet Rubber, New Bedford, MA, will begin to operate June 1 under the name Precix (pronounced precise) as part of its continuing strategy of focusing on its core business of high performance o-rings, seal rings and custom elastomer solutions for the automotive, aerospace and chemical processing industries.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association presented Freudenberg-NOK production facilities with a total of 11 Safety and Health Improvement Program Awards for 2001. the most received by a company in a single year.
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Title Annotation:other company news
Publication:Rubber World
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Date:May 1, 2002
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