On the December 8, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection, we learn about ASM International and their headquarters, Materials Park, in Novelty. Host Katherine Boyd talks with Thom Passek, Managing Director of ASM International.

ASM International is a worldwide professional society for material science and engineers that is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. ASM is known throughout the materials science community for its published works and educational offerings.  Founded with fewer than 20 members in 1913 as the Steel Treaters Club in Detroit, it established its world headquarters in 1920 in Cleveland. In 1959, it moved into the then new Materials Park.  Hailed at the time for its futuristic design, Materials Park is today renowned for its timelessness and symbolizes humanity’s technological mastery of materials.

ASM invites the community to visit Materials Park in Geauga County for free, “self-guided” tours. Named to the National Register of Historic Places, Materials Park offers the opportunity to learn about raw minerals and ores found in nature and marvel at a one-of-a-kind geodesic dome that illustrates what humanity and technology can achieve with those materials.

Beneath the dome, which stands 103 feet high, 274 feet in diameter and contains more than 65,000 parts, are the ASM mineral gardens. Materials Park visitors, with the help of self-guided brochures, can tour the gardens, which display some 66 labeled specimens of raw mineral ores and 73 varieties of perennials, shrubs and flowering trees.

Materials Park is located at 9639 Kinsman Road in Novelty, Ohio, and is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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