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Akron, Ohio

Mayor Horrigan Invites the Public to Own a Piece of Akron History

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The City of Akron is selling individual bricks removed from

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt
Published: 08-10-2017

 

Akron, Ohio, August 10, 2017 Today, Mayor Dan Horrigan announced that the City of Akron is offering citizens an opportunity to purchase individual bricks that once made up part of the northern smokestack of the BF Goodrich plant on South Main Street. A total of 350 bricks from the historic stacks will be available for purchase for $50 per brick, with a limit of three bricks per person. All proceeds will be contributed to Akron Cares, a City of Akron program that assists eligible Akron residents struggling to pay their water, sewer and curb service bill.

"So many of us have parents or grandparents that spent their lives working in Akron’s rubber factories. Understandably, the partial removal of these iconic stacks drew a lot of attention and emotion from families in the area whose relatives and friends retired from B.F. Goodrich," Mayor Horrigan said. "While the partial removal of the northern stack was an unfortunate necessity, it creates a unique opportunity for individuals to own a piece of Akron’s rich industrial history," Mayor Horrigan added.

Individuals wishing to purchase the bricks may do so by either:

Visiting www.akronohio.gov and clicking on the link below the ‘Buy Brick from the BF Goodrich Stack’ icon, and following the prompts to make a Pay Pal purchase; or

Contacting Christine Curry, Director of Communications, at [email protected] to schedule your purchase and pick-up.

"While we cannot preserve the past forever, we can and will continue to honor it," Mayor Horrigan concluded. "Personally, I plan to keep one of these bricks in my office as a constant reminder of the strong work ethic and innovative spirit that helped build this City and will continue to propel us forward for generations to come."

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary
166 S. High Street Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: (330)-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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