Akron to cut 100 feet off northern B.F. Goodrich smokestack

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Akron have announced plans to downsize one of the northeast Ohio city’s iconic B.F. Goodrich smokestacks by 100 feet in response to growing safety concerns.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2j3mEKn ) the twin 195-foot red brick smokestacks have been part of Akron’s skyline for nearly a century.

Each emblazoned with the word “Goodrich,” the smokestacks still tower over the site of the former Goodrich tire complex.

They were decommissioned in 2015 after burning gas and coal for decades. Now, city officials are worried about the deterioration of the northern stack.

Mayor Dan Horrigan says it would take $1 million to temporarily secure the stack in its current condition. It will cost between $130,000 and $175,000 to lower the stack to just above the letter “R” in “Goodrich.”


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com