A half century ago, the empty 22,000-square-foot space where Douglas Weintraub now walks would have been filled with industrial machinery as hundreds of workers swarmed the factory floor of what was once the B.F. Goodrich Co. in downtown Akron.
“You’re standing in a 150-year-old tire manufacturing plant,” Weintraub, the CEO of the Bounce Innovation Hub, says as his voice echoes across the recently gutted first floor of the nine-story building.
During the early 1980s, Goodrich abandoned its manufacturing operations here and a decision was made to use the entire building to help reinvigorate the local economy by nurturing small, innovative companies through which young entrepreneurs could make a difference.
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Story excerpt provided by The Business Journal.
Written by Dan O’Brien.
Originally published July 2018.