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Akron

(ăk`rən), city (1990 pop. 223,019), seat of Summit co., NE Ohio, on the Little Cuyahoga River; inc. 1865. Once the heart of the nation's rubber industry, Akron still contains the headquarters of some rubber corporations and chemical and polymer corporations. Its many manufactures range from fishing tackle to plastics, missiles, rubber, and heavy machinery. The Ohio and Erie Canal (opened 1827) and later the railroad spurred the city's growth. The first rubber plant was established in 1870. Focused on tire production, Akron's rubber industry grew and declined with Detroit's automobile industry; by the mid-1980s virtually all the tire plants had shut down. The city is home to the Univ. of Akron, the Institute of Rubber Research, an art institute, a music center, and a symphony orchestra. Of note are a giant airdock for blimps—one of the world's largest buildings without inner supports—and the annual Soapbox Derby.
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Nevertheless, manufacturing employment in the Akron region has experienced a dramatic decline since the last business cycle peak in March 2001--17.4 percent compared to a 16.3 percent decrease for the United States.
The scholarships are awarded by the Akron Press Club and the Buckeye Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in memory of Knight and Sauvageot.
Although he was a shoemaker by trade, Nathan established a successful 200-acre farm and sawmill near Norton, a mile or so west of Akron. Nathan was not only a successful farmer, but was prolific as well, siring 15 children, one of whom was John Frederick Seiberling.
There are nearly 3,000 polymer companies of some sort in the region, about half in and around Akron, including a half-dozen in the incubator alone.
Dean Foods officials noted that the company recently invested millions of dollars in the Akron facility, including a new compressor for the refrigeration system and new trucks.
Most people work out of town in either distant Tuscaloosa or Greensboro and as Akron has no market, they often take time to shop on the way home.
After all was said and done, Greater Akron had purchased a $989,000, 95-foot-ladder truck, two EMS vehicles and three SUV police cruisers for the FDNY and NYPD.
The most spectacular site, the Northside Ice House in Akron, was built in 1892 to store ice for delivery to Akron homes before the era of electric refrigeration.
To attack these grim problems, Akron has tapped a traditional source of renewal and progress, its people, addressing such issues as race relations, social services delivery, and high-tech economic development.
Even though we do not get to know the members of Akron's working families as complex individuals, McKenney, who had been a reporter for Akron's Beacon Journal, documents with wit and compassion their suffering, despair, and growing outrage.
Kato Nelson passed for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns for Akron (4-4, 2-3).
AKRON, Ohio: Powered by JumpStart, the KeyBank Business Boost & Build program awarded $120,000 to fund a collaboration between the Akron Urban League and ConxusNEO.