Crain News Service report
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (June 13, 2013) — PanAridus L.L.C., the agricultural research company that specializes in the rubber-producing desert shrub guayule, has hired three research technicians.
Vicente Acosta, who has spent two decades working with a variety of seeds, will serve as assistant to PanAridus Research Director Lauren Johnson, the company said.
Joel Lusk, formerly with the Arizona Department of Health Services, and Lawrence Bonk, who worked more than two decades in supervisory roles at Abbott Laboratories, will work with Senior Research Technician Melinda Main on rubber extraction.
Messrs. Acosta, Lusk and Bonk were hired to help PanAridus meet higher-than-expected demand for tire-grade guayule rubber samples, PanAridus said. The company has a proprietary cultivar of guayule from the Sonoran Desert, it said.
This report appeared on the website of Rubber & Plastics News, an Akron-based sister publication of Tire Business.