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Michigan Rubber Group to hold annual Focus on Ferris open house in March  

Friday, January 30, 2015

East Lansing, MI - The Michigan Rubber Group announced that it will hold its annual Focus on Ferris Open House on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society Course, “Introduction to Compounding and Testing of Elastomers,” is being offered from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The course topics include elastomers, fillers, oils/plasticizers and curing agents. Also discussed will be the mixing and testing of elastomer compounds and how to select an elastomer for a given application. The objectives of the course include opportunities for one-on-one dialog beyond general class interest and providing references/contacts for use as future questions arise. The course instructor is William Stahl of Rainbow Mastermixing, and 0.6 CEUs will be given to attendees. The cost to attend the course is $425 for a Rubber Division ACS member and $500 for a non-member. The cost includes the National Elastomer Center Open House, and the Michigan Rubber Group Social Hour/Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids. At this event, The Rubber Division ACS will provide the course free for full time students (must email proof of current semester class schedule to The first 20 full-time students to register will also receive the Michigan Rubber Group Social Hour/Dinner free. To register for the course go to, or contact Christie Robinson, MEd, education and publications manager, at for more information. Hotel Information: Holiday Inn and Conference Center, 1005 Perry Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307; 231-796-4400. Mention group code Michigan Rubber Group to receive the discounted $99 per night rate. After the course ends at approximately 3:00 p.m., The Michigan Rubber Group will conduct its annual self-guided Open House of the National Elastomer Center so that industry attendees can meet the students, see what they are learning in their coursework, talk to them about internships/career placement, enjoy a social hour and dinner with The Michigan Rubber Group, and hear closing remarks by the Rubber Division ACS and the Ferris State University Rubber and Plastics Technology Staff during dinner. The Michigan Rubber Group Open House, Social Hour and Dinner meeting is included in the course fee, but for those not attending the Course, the cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Reservations and dietary concerns should be made with Chuck Lenk of Laur Silicone at Please support the Rubber Division ACS, The Michigan Rubber Group and the Ferris State University College of Engineering Technology’s Rubber and Plastics Department by attending or otherwise supporting this event. Industry sponsor(s) for the Social Hour would be greatly appreciated. Further information is available at the MRG website

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