Biography of Lawrence A. Subers
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

LAWRENCE ALONZO SUBERS, organizer, inventor, scientist and business man, is a Cleveland citizen who has added to the permanent assets of civilization and has done something to increase the control of man over the processes of nature. His is the creative mind, without which mankind could never have risen above the stage of barbarism.

Mr. Subers was born at Beach Haven, New Jersey, July 20, 1866, son of Thomas P. and Nettie M. (Dean) Subers. He was educated in public and private schools, and at an early age became interested in the development of mechanical devices and new inventions. He took out his first patent in 1886, and subsequently studied corporate and patent law as an aid to his work in establishing industrial corporations, and also to protect his inventions. He served as a special expert at the World's Fair at Chicago in 1893.

For many years he has been interested in various corporations, and early began an intensive study of rubber products wherein cotton is used as a basic element in conjunction with adhesive substances, and conceived the idea that the extensibility or movement of certain rubber products could and should be predetermined and controllable under pressure for the purpose for which it may be used, thereby equalizing its strength in all directions, and on this theory designed and perfected what is known as the L. C. I. tubular fabric. It has been demonstrated that this tubular fabric has a greater resistance to atmospheric conditions, and practically eliminates the separation of the various plies of fabric when under pressure or stress, due to the Subers L. C. I. method of construction, thereby eliminating extreme elongation, contortion, twist and expansion. It has been proven that such products, subjected to the usual mechanical tests, have passed all previous records for strength, wear, long life, and general utility. Also by this process many operations are eliminated which are necessary in the manufacture of the regular line of similar products.

During the many years required in the development and perfection of the L. C. I. tubular fabric and the processes, devices and machines for the manufacture of a certain line of mechanical rubber products therefrom, a most valuable discovery was brought about, namely, that the L. C. I. principle of compiling fibrous material with adhesive compounds was adaptable for use in the manufacture of automobile tires; which was being earnestly contemplated and sought by Mr. Subers when the inception of the principle involved for mechanical goods was first conceived in his mind. It has been positively demonstrated by actual tests that for tire construction, the L. C. I. method is superior to any other known principle in the manufacture of tires, giving greater resiliency and mileage.

To give the public the benefit of these improvements, Mr. Subers in December, 1921, organized the Subers Rubber Products Company under the laws of Ohio, for the purpose of controlling the manufacture and distribution of the products developed under his patents, and became the president of this corporation. It is the opinion of those well versed in the rubber industry that the patents covering the products have unlimited possibilities, and the success of the company is based upon the intrinsic commercial value of the L. C. I. products.

Mr. Subers for many years has been active in civic, commercial and social organizations of Cleveland, including the Chamber of Commerce, Credit Men's Association, and the Automobile Club. He married, December 14, 1893, Miss Blanche P. Dorris, of Massachusetts.

To conclude a brief sketch of one of the most interesting men in Cleveland's industrial affairs something should be said of his personality as viewed by a friend of long standing, who says: "I have never known a man who maintained so high a moral, not to say Christian level, day in and day out. I have seen him in circumstances where most men would have gone to pieces, as calm and steady as though children were playing at his knee. I have seen him in the midst of financial strain and stress maintain a cheerfulness and exhibit a hope that was more than remarkable. In the long, hard struggle he has had to bring to success a really valuable contribution to the world's progress, he has had my unflagging interest and my prayers."

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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