History

Who We Are

Established in 1962 by Robert Samples, Akron Rubber Development Laboratory, Inc. (ARDL) began its legacy with a staff of only two.  Over the past 50 years, ARDL has established itself as a leading international laboratory dedicated to providing testing, development and problem solving services to all facets of the rubber and plastic industries.

ARDL now employs over 80 personnel that operate three modern laboratories in Akron, Ohio.  The success and growth of any company is only as good as the people behind it.  It takes in-depth practical experience and the formal professional education of a competent staff with experience in polymers, compounding, testing and consulting to meet the ever-changing needs of customers and do the job right.  

ARDL's trained technicians are certified to conduct testing through an in-house program of continuing education and certification.  That's why ARDL's growth over the last five decades has truly been achieved and sustained by the dedicated group of problem solvers with a solid background and experience in their respective fields.

What We Do

ARDL has the experience, expertise and resources to be your single-source lab, not only for standardized testing and analysis, but for custom, non-routine services as well.  ARDL's diverse technical staff is dedicated to building personal relationships with clients in order to better understand the unique challenges they face.

ARDL understands your needs and can solve your toughest problems.  Let ARDL help you to be compliant, competitive and on the cutting edge.