Myers Industries CEO to Retire

Jul 23, 2015 | Crain's Cleveland Business

By: Rachel Abbey McCafferty

The president and CEO of Akron-based Myers Industries Inc., John C. Orr, will retire as an officer effective Dec. 31, the company announced in a news release on Thursday, July 23.

A Myers spokesperson said Orr would remain on the company’s board until the 2016 annual meeting.

Akron-based Myers Industries makes polymers for a variety of industries and is a distributor of tools, equipment and other supplies for the tire, wheel and under-vehicle service markets.

Orr was hired in 2000 as part of Myers’ succession strategy and became president and CEO in 2005, according to the release. He helped to transform the company, in part by consolidating the business into its two current operating segments of distribution and material handling.

The release stated that the board of directors will work with DHR International Inc. to find a successor.

“Myers has a great future, and it’s important to me to work with the board to find a top rate replacement and to insure an orderly transition,” Orr said in a statement. “By announcing today, we have time to successfully accomplish this task.”

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