B.F. Goodrich

JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akron City Council will consider a deal Monday that enables the city to give the Bounce Innovation Hub the building it occupies. 

Bounce is housed in the old B.F. Goodrich building. It helps entrepreneurs and startups turn ideas into end-products through mentorship, collaboration and investment.

photo of Goodyear Building Room
THE BUILDING ROOM / GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER CO. RECORDS, ARCHIVAL SERVICES, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES, UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Firestone Country Club, Goodyear Heights and the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks are among the many reminders that the rubber industry once dominated the eyes, ears and nose of almost every Akronite. 

But why did the industry take root here, thousands of miles from the nearest rubber tree and hundreds of miles from the auto industry?

photo of Jim Putt
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

More than 200 people got to explore a series of underground tunnels over the weekend, beneath the former B.F. Goodrich headquarters in downtown Akron.

photo of Downtown Akron
SHANE WYNN / AKRONSTOCK

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, January 7:

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Flickr

B.F. Goodrich helped bring Akron to fame as the Rubber Capital of the World by starting the city’s first rubber plant. Now, people in Northeast Ohio are getting the opportunity to explore the hundred-year-old tunnels underneath it, and maybe even a chance to meet a ghost. 

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