If you’re wondering why downtown Cleveland seems a whole lot busier than usual, it’s because 6,000-7,000 attendees are in town for The Rubber Division, American Chemical Society’s Rubber Expo and & Advanced Materials in Health Care taking place at the I-X Center, Oct. 11-13. The Rubber Expo is a unique opportunity for traditional rubber and polymer companies and associated industries to gather with product and equipment manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, testing labs, medical agencies and others to highlight all aspects of technology and products that enhance people’s lives through health care, automotive, aerospace, energy and other industries. The expo will bring an estimated $5.6 million into the Cleveland Plus region’s economy.

Positively Cleveland maintains a positive relationship with The Rubber Division, ACS – and has done so for decades. That, along with a new convention center and Positively Cleveland’s promise of outstanding convention services, is why The Rubber Expo is committed to coming to Cleveland in 2013, 2015 and 2017. This will bring a combined estimated economic impact of almost $23 million.

Held in conjunction with The Rubber is a free job fair open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 10am-2pm at the I-X Center. Twenty-two exhibitors including Parker Hannefin, OMNOVA Solutions and Bridgestone Americas Center for Research & Technology will be on hand to discuss employment opportunities within the industry. More information can be found at

More information on the Rubber Expo & Advanced Materials in Health Care, 180th Technical Meeting and Educational Symposium can be found below in an official press release from The Rubber Division, ACS:

“The Rubber Division, ACS plans to host an expected 6,000 attendees from around the globe for the Rubber Expo & Advanced Material in Health Care, 180th Technical Meeting and Educational Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio, October 11-13, 2011, at The International Exposition (I-X) Center.

The Show was expanded for the first time this year to include Advanced Materials in Health Care.  The result has been a success with a total of 236 booths covering more than 53,000 square feet of floor space.  The 180th Technical Symposium includes 116 technical presentations representing 16 different countries including a special Advanced Material in Health Care Symposium.

Robert (Bob) Handlos, Vice President, Product Development, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, will deliver the keynote address “One Team, One Planet: Thinking Green for a Better Tomorrow.”  The Plenary Lecture “Biomedical Polymers: Their Role in the New Medical Science of Regeneration and Repair” will be presented by Dr. Buddy Ratner, Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical
Engineering, The University of Washington.

A Student Colloquium and Poster Session will be held with a combination of graduate and undergraduate paper presentations.

Visit for more detailed information and onsite registration is available to attend the Rubber Expo & Advanced Materials, 180th Technical Meeting, Education Symposium and other special events.”

Positively Cleveland’s mission is to promote the Cleveland Plus region as an outstanding business meeting and tourism destination in order to grow the region’s economy. For more information visit, Twitter: CleveMtgs, or

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