CHICAGO, IL --The Chicago Rubber Group, Inc., a subdivision of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society, has announced they will be hosting their Fall Technical Meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the White Pines Golf Course in Bensenville, Illinois. 

Location: White Pines Golf Course, 500 W. Jefferson Street, Bensenville, IL

Registration: 3:30PM - 4:00PM

Technical Session: 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Cocktails & Dinner: 5:30PM - 8:00PM

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CRG will have two guest speakers at their last meeting for 2018.  Gerald “Buck” Boyum, Sr., Truck Transportation Manager for Calumet Specialty Products, will present on his topic: “Driver Shortage and How it Impacts Logistics.” 

Bill Black, Technical Sales & Marketing Manager for Spherix Mineral Products, will present on his topic: “Engineered Ceramic Microspheres for Use as Performance Additives in Rubber, Silicone and Plastics”. ChemSpec’s John Stephenson is personally excited to connect Bill to the CRG team. John explains: “Bill’s extensive knowledge and expertise in mineral products for the rubber, plastic, and silicone rubber markets is a huge benefit to customers who are looking for solutions in reductions of processing times and product costs.”  

Regarding the 2018 CRG Executive Board Elections - the CRG would like to solicit YOUR participation in this process. If you or a coworker are interested in joining our group and becoming part of our governing Board, please email Past President Mark Hlinak at to get your name on the ballot, or contact one of the other officers. Being on the Executive Board can be very rewarding - it allows you to have a say in how the CRG operates, who presents at technical meetings, where those meetings take place and how we can better help continuing education efforts in the rubber industry, especially in the Midwest. The election needs to be held as soon as we have enough candidates, so please don't delay!  

The Chicago Rubber Group is a trade association designed to provide general education on rubber-oriented manufacturing in the Greater Chicago Area, and provides opportunities to network amongst the rubber industry. The CRG also provides scholarship opportunities to worthy college students.

ChemSpec distributes specialty chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, plastics, and cosmetics compounding market segments. All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry. For more detailed information on John’s leadership post at CRG you can contact him directly at:


ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is subsidiary of Paris, France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics, waxes, functional fillers, and cosmetics market segments.