AKRON — A host of Akron-based dignitaries, including Laura Duda, a senior vice president and chief communications officer at Goodyear, were on hand for a ceremony on Aug. 10 in which the tire maker relit the iconic sign at its previous company headquarters.
Goodyear collaborated with The Well CDC, a nonprofit that is enhancing Akron's Middlebury neighborhood, where Goodyear's former headquarters are situated. The headquarters are now called Goodyear Theater.
The undertaking is part of Goodyear's 125th anniversary celebration. The Akron-based company will celebrate the milestone on Aug. 29.
Others who spoke to the gathered crowd of around 200 include Zac Kohl, executive director of The Well CDC; Gary Miller, president of the University of Akron; and Ben Sutton, chief operating officer for Summa Health, a $1.4 billion health care system in Akron.
As the blimp circled the ceremony from above, officials raised around $10,000 for The Well CDC. Proceeds benefit the organization's economic and housing initiatives to support the Middlebury community.
The sign sat dormant for more than a decade. Goodyear moved to its current headquarters in 2013.