Akron Rubber Development Laboratory (ARDL) has announced the addition of Nicole Hershberger in the position of Senior Technical Advisor. She is a graduate of Kent State University and brings over 22 years of experience in the rubber industry. Most recently she worked with Polymerics Inc. and Sid Richardson Carbon. Nicole has specific experience with carbon black, mixing/processing and a wide variety of elastomers.

ARDL is committed to providing the most comprehensive technical consulting services, employing ten Technical Advisors with over 300 years of combined experience in all aspects of the rubber and plastics industry including several young technical advisors who are training under the more experienced team of experts.

“With many technical specialists in the rubber and plastics industries retiring, it is important to develop talented young people and pass on technical knowledge to the industry. ARDL offers technical training courses and also participates in the ACS Rubber Division 4-day course, Intermediate to Advanced Compounding, which is offered annually in the spring,” the company said.