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Starting in a strawboard factory

Starting in a strawboard factory

Our early years were quite the adventure – explore the beginning of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company below.

1898 Frank A. Seiberling borrowed $3,500 from his brother-in-law, Lucius C. Miles, for the down payment to buy an abandoned strawboard factory in Akron, founding the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

1899 Automobile tires are added to the original product line of bicycle tires, carriage tires, and horseshoe pads

1901 The first advertisement with the wingfoot trademark appears in the Saturday Evening Post

1908 The first diamond-studded All-Season tread design is adopted, and used with only minor modifications for nearly 40 years

1910 The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of Canada is established with the opening of the first Goodyear plant outside of the U.S. in Bowmanville, Ontario

1914 All of the cars in the Indianapolis 500 use Goodyear tires

1916 Goodyear becomes the world's largest tire company, initiating the slogan "More people ride on Goodyear tires than on any other kind"

1934 The Earthmover tire is introduced and the first studded mud and snow tires are announced


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