Members of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company technology team will be among a select group of companies at the University of Toledo today consulting with scientists and engineers from NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. A second Cooper team will soon travel to NASA Glenn Research Center for a similar consultation with subject matter experts. The consultations are being provided to manufacturing companies who applied for the opportunity to receive up to eight hours of no-cost consulting from the NASA experts to bring new insights into technical challenges and opportunities the companies are experiencing. Cooper applied for and was qualified to receive assistance with two projects—one focusing on development of a coating for tire molds and the other on RFID technology. “NASA has some of the best minds in the world who have developed all types of innovations; not only those related to the exploration of space. Cooper is pleased to have been selected to tap into the brainpower, research capabilities and resources of NASA as we continue to improve our operations and products,” said Chuck Yurkovich, Cooper’s Vice President, Global Research and Development. Companies that applied for the consulting time submitted detailed statements of the needs to be addressed with their projects and also estimated an economic impact. Cooper is one of 16 area companies receiving consulting through the NASA Roadshow, a program which is in its second year. In Northwest Ohio, NASA is partnering with The Lucas County Economic Development Corporation, Toledo Regional Chamber, The University of Toledo and the Toledo Community Foundation in partnership with MAGNET, the Northwest Ohio MEP and the Ohio Development Services Agency. About Cooper Tire & Rubber CompanyCooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.
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