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Firestone

Firestone

1868 Harvey S. Firestone is born on a farm near Columbiana, Ohio.
1895 Firestone marries Idabelle Smith.
1900 Firestone incorporates The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in Ohio.
1900 The company begins selling tires manufactured by others.
1903 The first set of rubber tires is manufactured at the Firestone factory in Akron, Ohio.
1904 The company develops the first mechanically fastened, straight-sided pneumatic tire.
1906 In its first original equipment sale, Harvey S. Firestone sells 2,000 sets of tires to Henry Ford. This is the largest order of tires for the time.
1907 The company develops the "demountable rim" making the repair and replacement of tires easier.
1908 Firestone introduces the first non-skid tire.
1909 Firestone begins manufacturing tire rims.
1910 Firestone profits exceed $1 million for the first time.
1911 The inaugural Indianapolis 500 is won on Firestone tires by Ray Harroun.
1918 Firestone begins the pioneering "Ship by Truck" movement.
1919 The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company of Canada is organized.
1920 The company perfects a method of insulating tire cords against internal heat by a process known as "gum-dipping."
1922 The company develops the industry's first low-pressure balloon tire.
1926 Firestone initiates the now popular one-stop service store program.
1928 The company establishes its first overseas tire plant in Brentford, England.
1928 Firestone is voted as one of nine "Pioneers of American Industry."
1928 The "Voice of Firestone" radio program debuts.
1932 The company develops the first low-pressure tractor tire and starts the "Put the Farm on Rubber" campaign.
1936 The Firestone Industrial Products plant is established in Noblesville, Ind.
1938 Harvey S. Firestone dies in his sleep at his home in Miami Beach, Fla.
1939 The company begins producing tank tracks, airplane fuel cells, gas masks and other military items for the defense program.
1940 The company begins developing and producing special tires for combat vehicles.
1940 The company's first synthetic rubber plant begins production.
1942 The company develops the divided rim for military use. Possibly the first run flat tire, an extra metal band on the rim acts as a support to enable tires to run 100 miles or more after deflation.
1945 The Firestone Research building is dedicated in Akron, Ohio.
1948 Firestone tires win the 25th Indianapolis 500 in a row.
1949 The first NASCAR race (in Charlotte, N.C.) is won on Firestone tires by Jim Roper.
1949 The "Voice of Firestone" radio program is simulcast on television.
1950 The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company celebrates its 50th anniversary and dedicates a life-size Harvey Firestone Memorial.
1951 The company begins producing the Corporal guided missile for the U.S. government.
1953 The company introduces the Firestone "500" all-nylon tubeless tire designed for high speed passenger cars.
1953 The company does $1 billion in business for the first time.
1954 For the first time, the "Voice of Firestone" is telecast in color.
1954 The company introduces the tubeless tire for tractors and airplanes.
1957 The company dedicates a 7.7 mile test track in Fort Stockton, Texas. The track is used to test tires under a variety of wet and dry conditions.
1963 The final "Voice of Firestone" television program airs.
1964 The company introduces its first radial tire to the North American market.
1965 Art Arfons sets a land speed record of 576.55 mph on Firestone tires.
1965 The company introduces the "Super Sports Wide Oval" tire. This effort pioneered the concept of wide low-profile tires which continues today for high-performance cars.
1968 Graham Hill becomes the first driver to win the FIA Formula One championship on Firestone tires.
1971 The company develops the first American-made steel belted radial tire.
1971 The company develops the "liquid molded cast tire." It never becomes a commercial success because of the market dominance of the steel-belted radial tire.
1972 Ray Elder produces the 568th Firestone win in NASCAR when he takes the checkered flag at Riverside Raceway, June 18,
driving a Dodge Charger.
1973 Harvey S. Firestone, Sr. is inducted into the Automobile Hall of Fame.
1973 Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., eldest son of the company founder, dies at age 75.
1974 The company announces the Steel Radial 500 ACT (advanced concept tire) providing run flat capability at speeds up to 40 mph.
1979 Firestone introduces the temporary-spare, which allows more trunk space and reduces fuel consumption by reducing tire weight.
1983 Bridgestone Corporation establishes its first U.S. production facility by purchasing a Firestone plant in Tennessee.
1987 Corporate headquarters moves from Akron to Chicago.
1988 Bridgestone Corporation purchases The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, including its global operations.
1990 Corporate headquarters moves from Chicago to Akron.
1990 The U.S. operations of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company are consolidated as Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
1991 Firestone becomes the official tire of the Indy Lights Championship series.
1991 The BIGFOOT Monster Truck Racing program names Firestone as its official tire.
1992 Corporate headquarters moves from Akron to Nashville.
1993 Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. announces its return to Indy car racing.
1994 Bridgestone/Firestone's Warren County plant is the first U.S. tire plant to meet the ISO 9000 quality standard.
1994 Bridgestone/Firestone Off Road Tire Company is formed.
1995 Firestone "the legend" returns to CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) competition with Firestone Firehawk tires, taking two checkered flags.
1996 The Indianapolis 500 is won for the 49th time on Firestone tires by Buddy Lazier.
Bridgestone/Firestone introduces UNI-T? technology in the U.S., which enhances a tire's grip on wet surfaces without sacrificing the life of the tire.
1997 Arie Luyendyk wins the Indianapolis 500 on Firestone tires. This is the 50th time the race is won on Firestone tires, more often than all other tire manufacturers combined.
1998 Bridgestone/Firestone introduces UNI-T AQ? technology in the U.S., which maintains a tire's performance on wet surfaces even as the tire wears.
1998 Bridgestone/Firestone announces its Dayton brand will become the official tire for the Indy Lights Championship.
1999 The Firestone Racing program clinches its fourth consecutive driver's championship in CART, and its third championship in the
Indy Racing League.
Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., opens its most technologically advanced tire plant in Aiken, S.C.
2000 Firestone celebrates its 100th anniversary.
(www.firestone100.com/history/100years_fr.html)
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