Richard Strong is a member of the ACS Rubber Division and is currently serving on the Subdivision Advisory Committee. He is a past Chairman and life member of the Ohio Rubber Group. He is President and CEO of Elastomeric Consulting Services LLC. He is currently employed as Senior Chemist at the Johnsonite Rubber Flooring Division of Tarkett North America.
Education: Graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in 1971.Winner of the 1971 the Fred E. Busby Award for Excellence in Chemistry.
Career: 45 years in the rubber industry in the areas of Rubber Materials & Process Technology and Quality Systems Management. He began his work with Continuous Vulcanization in 1973 at the Johnson Rubber Company and continues to today making flooring products for the Johnsonite Rubber Flooring Division of Tarkett North America. His experience includes a broad range of rubber compound development ranging from ebonite to fluoroelastomers and silicone as well as closed cell sponge. These compounds were used not only in continuous vulcanization processes but also autoclave extrusion, injection, transfer, compression molding and calendaring manufacturing processes. These compounds were utilized to manufacture rubber products for the auto, heavy truck, mass transportation, architectural, RV and general industrial markets.
His responsibilities included not only compound development but to development of the mixing and other manufacturing processes required to produce a finished rubber product. This included documenting process parameters and establishing product quality requirements.
Strong is a trained ISO 9001 Auditor and has served as Management Representative for his employers. He has traveled to China on three occasions in order to find, audit and approve suppliers of the rubber chemicals used in rubber compounds.
Personal: Strong resides in Painesville, OH with his wife Roberta, two senior rescue Basset hounds and three cats. He has a daughter, a step daughter and step son. He and his wife enjoy gardening, animal rescue, sitting at the beach and spending time with their three grandchildren.