Our History

Goodyear Building

Looking back, the founding of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1898 seems especially remarkable, for the beginning was anything but auspicious. The 38-year-old founder, Frank A. Seiberling, purchased the company’s first plant with a $3,500 down payment -- using money he borrowed from a brother-in-law Lucius C. Miles. The rubber and cotton that were the lifeblood of the industry had to be transported from halfway around the world, to a landlocked town that had only limited rail transportation. Even the man the company’s name memorialized, Charles Goodyear, had died penniless 30 years earlier despite his discovery of vulcanization after a long and courageous search.
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Corporate Timeline

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The History of Rubber

Did you know how vulcanization was invented?

Charles Goodyear

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Wingfoot Express

The story of how Goodyear pioneered the long distance trucking industry.

Wingfoot Express

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