Robert Pulver ’69 to Deliver Spring Commencement Address, Receive Honorary Degree

The former CEO and president of All-State Industries, Pulver will receive an honorary degree in engineering.

Portrait photo of Robert PulverRobert G. Pulver ’69 will be the keynote speaker and will also receive an honorary doctorate of engineering degree at Manhattan College’s Spring Commencement on Wednesday, May 15.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Pulver started his career at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Shortly after, he enlisted in the United States Army and was sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana, for basic training and then on to Brooks Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, as a medic.

After being discharged, he returned to Goodyear to work in sales. In 1974, he left Goodyear to start a company that would become All-State Industries, and he served as its CEO and president for 45 years. The company supplies urethane, plastic, and die-cut rubber parts to Fortune 100 companies involved in the manufacture of equipment. The parts are used in the construction, agriculture, mining, and lawn and garden industries.

Pulver and his wife, Deb, have three children – Marlyse, Reed and Scott – and six grandchildren. Pulver and his wife are active in charity work in their local community and at Iowa State University.

The Manhattan College website has complete information on the 2019 Spring Commencement, including a full schedule of events.

By Pete McHugh