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Cleveland-Akron Joint Meeting, Thurs. Sept. 21, 2023

September 21, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


The Brew Kettle
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Join us for “Radically Re-Thinking our Raw Materials Supply Chain“.

As the tire industry strives to deliver sustainability objectives, one major challenge will be to decouple our upstream supplies from traditional petrochemical feedstocks and diversify into renewable, bio-sourced and recycled materials.  This presentation will investigate how Bridgestone views this challenge and how our traditional industry ecosystem, combined with new players and new technologies can work together to deliver on those objectives.

Speakers: Ross Widenor and Ron Shaffer, Bridgestone

Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Ross received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He joined Bridgestone Americas in 2013, and has progressed through roles in Central Research, Raw Materials Development, Compound Development, Open Innovation, and Project Management. He leads Bridgestone’s volunteer Akron Campus Green Team and chairs the Summit of Sustainability Alliance, a collective of for-profit, non-profit, government, and educational institutions interested in partnerships for sustainability. Ross also sits on the board of BProud!, Bridgestone’s employee resource group for LGBTQ+ teammates and allies. He is active in his local community, promoting similar values to those he champions in the workplace.

Venue: The Brew Kettle Hudson, 11 Atterbury Boulevard, Hudson, OH 44236

5:30pm: Social time
6:30pm: Dinner
7:15pm: Talk

Menu: Cornbread, Salad, White cheddar Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Baked beans, Cajun chicken pasta, Pulled pork, Chicken tenders
Soft drinks are included, as will be one beer for those of legal age
*let us know if you have dietary restrictions.