Bringing like minds....
together across Michigan


“The rubber industry is of much significance to our countries. For millions of our smallholders, the rubber tree is a tree of life, serving as a crucial source of income for earning a living and raising families.”


-Thaksin Shinawatra-

The Michigan Rubber Group, Inc.
Subdivision of the Rubber Division
American Chemical Society, Inc.

Welcome to the Michigan Rubber Group, Subdivision of The Rubber Division of The American Chemical Society. We have been serving the Rubber Industry in Michigan since 1978. We always welcome new members, and encourage our membership to be active in their participation.
The Michigan Rubber Group has a number of technical meetings and a Golf Outing fund-raiser and Salmon Fishing Outing fund-raiser every year. The group strongly supports the Rubber Technology Program in the College of Engineering Technology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, by providing scholarships for students and opportunities to attend the Rubber Expo of the Rubber Division of The American Chemical Society every fall. As you review our website, please let us know if you have any questions concerning our group and its upcoming Technical Meeting activities and events. Go to the Contact Us Page, fill out the appropriate information and click on Submit to we can respond to your inquiry.

Our 2019 Sponsors:

ARP Materials
DeKalb Metal Finishing
Greenview Chemical
Harwick Standard
Mesick Mold
Polychem Dispersions
Preferred Compounding
RE Carroll
Rep Corporation
Sanyu USA
Spencer Plastics
Vanderbilt Chemical


Date: March 6th, 2019 Place:
The Grand River Hotel
270 Ann St NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

If there are any special dietary concerns please contact Chuck at his email address or phone number below.

1st Guest Speaker:
Heather Maimone, MBA - Membership Director, Rubber Division, ACS

Heather Maimone joined Rubber Division, ACS in February 2011. She also works as Executive Assistant at Electric Impulse Communications part time. Prior to this, Heather was the Business Manager at Integrated Surgical Solutions, a subsidiary of Abbott Labs. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Business Administration and summa cum laude with an MBA at Kent State University. Heather is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, National Association of Professional Women and the Young Professionals Network. She also has over 5 years of experience managing an inbound and outbound call center and over 15 years of management experience. In April 2018 Heather was promoted to Membership Director. In this role, Heather develops, implements, manages, improves and leads the operations and procedures of Rubber Division Membership directly related to individuals, corporate, student chapters and associated scholarships. She directs activities involving recruitment and retention programs, current and future benefits and developing long-term strategies for targeting and increasing overall membership. She also works closely with the local rubber groups and affiliated technical organizations. Heather serves as the staff liaison to the Membership, 25-Year Club, Scholarship and Student Affairs Committees, and is a member of the Strategic Partnership Committee.

2nd Guest Speaker:
Nicole Neila - Training & Development Manager, Rubber Division, ACS

Nicole joined Rubber Division, ACS in January 2016. She received her Bachelors in Adult Education from The University of Akron in December 2011. She also attended Youngstown State University and was a college athlete. Nicole has been a women’s basketball coach for 10 years at Manchester High School where she was also a substitute teacher. She brings a varied background in education to her work at the Division and is an asset with the new outreach and training programs being developed. Nicole is responsible for facilitating and managing all on-site training, online courses, webinars and publications. In addition, she manages the Student Outreach Program that provides rubber education and tours to science classrooms in a 6-12 setting in hopes of expanding our industry and getting the younger generations interested. Nicole is the staff liaison to the Education and Publications Committee.

3rd Guest Speaker:
Erik LaBelle, Business Development Manager, 3M Company
Livonia, MI

Erik LaBelle has been employed by 3M Co. for 15 years and is the US automotive market business development manager for 3M’s Advance Materials Division. In this role, Erik is responsible for driving and coordinating the growth of several 3M product lines with automotive key accounts and OEMs. He has previous positions in application development engineering and technical service while working for 3M’s Automotive and Aerospace Solutions Divisions. He is vice president of the Detroit Rubber Group, a participant in other ACS Rubber Groups, and an active member in SPE Detroit Section. Erik has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Michigan–Dearborn.

Board Meeting: 3PM to 4:30PM
Presentation: 5PM to 6PM
Social Hour: 6PM to 6:45PM
Dinner: 6:45PM
NOTE: Cash bar begins at the start of dinner service

TICKETS: $35.00 Reserved/$40.00 at door. 2019 Michigan Rubber Group Annual Dues: $15.00

Please make checks, U.S. money orders payable to “Michigan Rubber Group”. We now take credit cards too at the door or ahead of time on the website.

Pay For the Meeting Dinner $35 via PayPal below:


PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY: Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 by Noon

Chuck Lenk Email: 989-435-7400

We are happy to accept donations and corporate sponsorship!