It's official - Goodyear has moved. The company held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning for its new headquarters off Innovation Way in Akron.
The new building will serve as the central campus in Akron and as the headquarters for the company’s global operations and its North American tire business. It will connect with Goodyear’s existing Innovation Center.
Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear's chairman and CEO, said the new headquarters represents more than just a building.
"It represents the culmination of what we've been working towards, not only physically in the building, but how we're going to transform our company," said Kramer.
The company spent more than 100 years at its previous location off East Market Street.
Kramer says the new campus will attract innovative workers and ideas.
"What you need to attract those people is to have a work environment that is conducive to collaboration and what it takes to drive that innovation going forward," said Kramer.
In attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic.
"I was born and raised in Akron. So, when I think about Akron, I think about Goodyear," said Taylor. "When I think about Goodyear, I think about Akron."
Plusquellic spoke about Goodyear's iconic presence in the city.
"This new headquarters is a strong symbol of Goodyear's continuing presence in Northeast Ohio," said Plusquellic. "As if the blimp isn't enough by itself."
Carmilla Robinson, the Akron mother of a 19-year-old who was reported missing over the weekend, is holding on to hope after three missing women were found alive in Cleveland Monday.
Police said Taylor Robinson was last seen Friday night after she was dropped off at a house on Kipling Avenue when she went to work as a home health care aide.
Carmilla said she is hoping someone will call authorities with a tip that will lead to her daughter's whereabouts.
"I'm begging for just any help, any information, whether it's small, little, big, minute," said Carmilla. "Please just call."
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"I don't want to get anybody in trouble. I just want my baby. I want her to come home."
Carmilla couldn't locate her daughter when she went to pick her up from her job Saturday morning. She only found her daughter's shoes and coat at the home when she arrived.
The mother said her daughter spent most of her time working or with family.
The FBI is now involved in the case. Carmilla said detectives are still searching for any clues and tips. She said authorities are currently following up on a possible tip in Massachusetts. Detectives have not released any new details in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at (330) 375-2490 or the Missing Person Unit at (330) 375-2530.
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Downtown Akron Partnership has launched a website encouraging residents to submit project ideas that will enhance the downtown area.
Director of business relations Kimberly Beckett says the project ideas have to stay within a budget of $300 to $500.
"Really, the sky's the limit for ideas. We're really looking to tap into the creativity of the community and kind of get them to take ownership of the downtown area which belongs to them," said Beckett.
Residents have until May 17 to submit their ideas online at MyAkron.net. The public will vote for one of the projects at a final pitch meeting on June 25th.
A final pitch of the project ideas will be presented in June where the public can attend and donate to the winning project.
Beckett says it's an opporutinity for residents to buy into the program.
"It's beoming a trend in cities around the country and it's really just a way to get people to feel like they're an important part of the community, which they are," said Beckett.
Click here to submit your idea online at MyAkron.net.
Authorities say no one was inside of a vehicle that was found in a river in Akron Friday morning.
Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg says the vehicle was found in the upright position in the water near the 1000 block of Cuyahoga Street around 7:30 a.m.
Tow trucks were called to the scene to pull the vehicle out of the water.
Authorities have not identified or located the owner of the vehicle.
The Akron Police Department is investigating the incident.
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A plea deal is a possibility in the case of an Akron father accused of manslaughter in the shooting death of his 4-year-old son.
The Beacon Journal reports Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter scheduled a trail date for 49-year-old Terrance Allen for July 15. The deadline for reaching a plea deal has been set for July 9.
On January 23, police say Allen's 4-year-old son, Jamarcus Allen, got a hold of a gun and accidentally shot himself inside a car.
Allen is also facing charges including child endangering, tampering with evidence and possessing a weapon under previous felony disability.
Court records show a burglary conviction in 1996 in Cuyahoga County barred him from carrying or owning a gun.
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Akron police are looking for a 31-year-old man who is suspected of punching another man in the head with brass knuckles following an argument Monday night.
Police say Charles N. Hunt, 31, of Akron is wanted for allegedly assualting a 44-year-old man multiple times with brass knuckles, which had spikes on the end.
The victim had injuries on the back of his head and on both hands. He was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information on Charles Hunt’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
Akron police say a 24-year-old man was shot while driving in the city's east side Thursday evening.
Police say the victim was shot in the right hand and left shoulder while driving near the intersection of Hammel and Corice streets around 5 p.m.
The victim drove to a nearby store where he called police. He told officers that he was shot following an argument that occurred earlier in the day.
He was taken to Akron City Hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Cleophus Thompson Jr., of Akron. Detectives have signed a warrant for his arrest for felonious assault. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Thompson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Akron Police Department, Detective Bureau, at (330) 375-2490; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at (330) 434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous.
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The city of Akron will invest about $3.2 million in the reconstruction of the outdated Cascade Plaza after news that FirstMerit will be keeping its headquarters in Akron.
City Council approved legislation Monday to improve the building and parking deck following the announcement of a merger between FirstMerit and Citizens Republic Bankcorp of Michigan.
"During this merger process, there was the potential we were getting ready to lose 2,000 full-time jobs," said Gary Moneypenny, president of Akron City Council.
City officials say the improvements are an incentive for FirstMerit to remain in Akron and create an additional 150 jobs in the city.
The city says Cascade Plaza, which also acts as the roof of the underground parking facility, has deteriorated over time. It was built in the 1970's.
Moneypenny says renovations made to Cascade Plaza will include improvements to the parking deck.
"We're going to reseal that parking deck. Also, turn that parking deck into more of a 'park-like' atmosphere and that's also along with part of our 'going green' downtown," said Moneypenny.
The city will also provide a Job Creation Incentive in the form of income tax credits to FirstMerit that will provide the company with help towards the cost of their relocation, expansion and new employee training.
Construction of a new critical care tower at Akron Children's Hospital is set to bring some changes for patients.
The changes will begin on April 22 when crews start building the new $200 million expansion project, which includes a new critical care tower on Locust Street. But those plans will require a permanent closure of the road.
The emergency department at Akron Children's Hospital will remain open, but drivers will have to get around construction by paying attention to street signs - not their GPS.
Hospital officials say free valet parking will also be provided to patients.
The critical care tower will include a new emergency department, neonatal intensive care unit and outpatient surgical suites.
Click here to find updated traffic conditions and maps for Akron Children's Hospital.
*Editor's note: The total cost of the expansion project stands at $200 million. The story previously suggested that the number was for construction on the new critical care tower.
Press Release: Beginning April 22, patient families, visitors and others coming to Akron Children’s Hospital can expect traffic interruptions as construction of the hospital’s new critical care tower begins.
The new tower will be built on Locust Street, and the plans call for a permanent closing of Locust Street between Exchange Street and Buchtel Avenue.
Here are some key points regarding changes in traffic flow and access to the hospital.
Akron Children’s Emergency Department, which fronts Locust Street, will remain open at all times during the construction. The hospital offers a free valet parking service for ER patients.
Visitors should disregard their GPS instructions once they near Akron Children’s and pay attention to street signs.
Street signs directing patients to the Emergency Department will feature large red directional arrows and will say “Emergency.”
Signs with black arrows will direct people to the hospital’s Bowery and Locust Street parking decks and the hospital’s main entrance.
Patients and visitors to the Locust Professional Building will still be able to access the Locust Street Parking Deck from Locust Street by way of West State Street.
With increased traffic on Bowery Street and other surrounding streets, patients, staff and visitors are encouraged to use the walkways connecting the hospital and its professional buildings rather than attempting to cross the streets.
Maps and updated traffic conditions can be found online at akronchildrens.org/traffic.
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