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Goodyear

HISTORY BY YEAR
1899 R.C. Penfield became second president....Automobile tires were added to the original product line of bicycle tires, carriage tires and horseshoe pads.

1900 Company exhibited solid tires at Auto Show in Madison Square Garden, New York....Tillinghast bicycle tire license withdrawn, forcing Goodyear to alter production methods.
1901 First advertisement in Saturday Evening Post with wingfoot trademark....Goodyear developed first straight-side tire, with braided wire bead.
1902 G.M. Stadelman joined the company as sales manager for carriage tires....Grant patent on carriage tires declared invalid, Goodyear's bond money returned.
1903 L.C. Miles became president....Litchfield granted patent on first tubeless automobile tire.
1904 Seiberling-Stevens patent issued for tire building machine....First detachable rim developed by Goodyear to replace one-piece clincher rim.
1905 Goodyear became leader in manufacture and sales of carriage tires....300 employed, with 28 in sales department.
1906 F.A. Seiberling became president....Goodyear produced the world's first quick, detachable, straight-side tire.
1907 Goodyear cord tire for electric automobiles introduced....A night shift started in the plant.
1908 First large addition to the factory built....First All-Weather tread design adopted - a diamond-studded pattern used with only minor modifications for nearly 40 years....Forerunner of research and development departments originated.
1909 Goodyear developed first pneumatic rubber airplane tire, to replace sled runners and bicycle tires aviation pioneers then were using....State-Seiberling tire building machine patented.
1910 Company's first subsidiary and foreign plant acquired in Bowmanville, Canada....Labor department established in Akron....First testing machine for airplane tires, forerunner of today's dynamometer built by Goodyear.

1911 Akron plant operated 24 hours a day....Goodyear tires used for first U.S. mail flight on Sept. 23....Goodyear tires also used on first transcontinental flight from Long Beach, Calif., to Long Beach, N.Y., (84 days and 63 landings) and on world record flight from St. Louis to New York (11 days).
1912 Goodyear established one of the first industrial hospitals in the U.S....First issue of employee newsletter Wingfoot Clan published....Branch office opened in London....Goodyear built its first blimp.
1913 Mechanical rubber goods department started, first conveyor belt constructed....Connecticut cotton mill acquired....Flying squadron (employee training) originated....Upson and Preston, Goodyear entrants, won International Balloon Race....Service pin program introduced.
1914 Goodyear built first "kite" observation balloons for the British....Eight-hour day became standard, along with paid vacations for all employees.
1915 Sales branches opened in Australia, Argentina and South Africa....First familiar clock tower built in factory building erected on Market Street....Carbon black, a World War I substitute for zinc oxide, introduced in tire compounding.
1916 Goodyear became world's largest tire company, initiated slogan "More people ride on Goodyear tires than on any other kind"....First pension plan started....Second plant constructed in Akron....Goodyear acquired first rubber plantation in Sumatra, first cotton ranch in Arizona....Wingfoot Lake acquired in Akron.
1917 Sales pass $100 million....First "cross-country" (Akron to Boston) truck line, the Wingfoot Express, started by Goodyear- first trip took 24 days....First blimps built for U.S. Navy....Company purchased coal mine and became a pioneer in mechanized mining.
1918 Goodyear Heights bus line, one of the first in the country, in operation at 2 cents a ride in Akron....Goodyear pontoons on racing balloons became forerunner of inflatable life rafts.
1919 The Industrial Assembly established to help give Goodyear's 30,000 employees a democratic voice in management....First bullet-proof gasoline tanks for planes developed by Goodyear.
1920 Post-World War I depression reduced tire production to 118,000 units in December, compared with a high in April of 837,000 units.

1921 Goodyear refinanced and reorganized....F.A. and C.W. Seiberling resign....E.G. Wilmer, Milwaukee lawyer and financier, named to presidency.
1922 Tire production increased, for a 50% gain over 1921....Captax, an organic accelerator invented by Goodyear, helped reduce production costs....First cord sectional air-bag for curing tires produced and patented.
1923 G.M. Stadelman became president....New Supertwist cord spurred successful growth of pneumatic truck tires....Balloon tires introduced.
1924 Goodyear acquired Zeppelin patents, making possible construction of rigid airships in the U.S....Increasing rubber prices resulted in Goodyear research in synthetic rubber.
1925 Rubber prices reached peak of $1.23 under Stevenson Act....Dr. Karl Arnstein joined Goodyear as airship designer....50,000 cubic-foot blimp, the Pilgrim, is the first commercial non-rigid to use helium....Rim production begun by Goodyear.
1926 P.W. Litchfield named president....Goodyear became the world's largest rubber company on the basis of sales, $230,161,356.... Company's crude rubber requirement were about one-seventh of the world's total production....Refinancing effected, control returned to stockholders.
1927 Goodyear became first company in rubber industry to establish a Hospital Association for employees....Company applied for synthetic rubber patents....Airwheel, a low pressure tire, developed for airplanes - later adapted for passenger car use....Australian and English tire plants in production.
1928 First Double Eagle tire developed by Goodyear....Company awarded contract to build rigid airships Akron and Macon for the U.S. Navy....2,500 acres acquired for rubber plantation in Philippines.... Research on rayon cord for truck tires initiated.
1929 Construction of world's largest airship dock started in Akron....Spot welding of aluminum alloy developed by Goodyear....Gadsden, Alabama tire plant and two Georgia textile mills began operation.... Stock market crash of 1929 ushered in the Great Depression of the thirties.
1930 P.W. Litchfield named chairman of the board....Pneumatic tire production fell from more than 23 million units in 1929 to less than 18 million units....Airwheel tires used on Fords, Chevrolets....Additional land acquired for third Sumatra plantation.

1931 Rigid airship Akron launched, construction on sister-ship Macon begun....Rubber-tired tractors demonstrated, based on work in a Florida orange grove on low pressure Airwheel tires....Argentina plant started.
1932 Six-hour day inaugurated to spread the work and alleviate unemployment caused by the depression....The first hydraulic disc brakes for airplanes developed by Goodyear.
1933 First year since depression began that tire production showed increase....Airship Macon completed....Synthetic rubber research reactivated as full-time project....Magnesium alloy airplane wheel developed....Decatur, Alabama, textile mill acquired.
1934 Pliofilm, rubber-based packaging film, developed....Tire plant construction started in Java....Earthmover tire introduced....First studded mud and snow tire announced.
1935 Kelly-Springfield Tire Company purchased....Explorer II, Goodyear-built stratosphere balloon, set altitude record of 72,395 feet....Indonesian tire plant started, rubber plantation in Panama begun....LifeGuard tube first marketed....First rayon truck tire introduced....First sit-down strike began Nov. 8.
1936 Airfoam production started....Shoe product production begun in Windsor, Vermont.....New plantation acquired in Costa Rica....Strike to establish union as bargaining agency lasted five weeks....Sure Grip go-anywhere tire announced.
1937 Goodyear built and tested first American-made synthetic rubber tire....Production begun at Jackson, Michigan, tire plant....Neolite development started....Amphibious Marsh Buggy tire developed for The Gulf Refining Company.
1938 Work begun on tire plants at Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Norrkoping, Sweden....First rayon passenger tire introduced....Double Eagle and LifeGuard used on some new cars....Goodyear built its largest heavy-duty truck tire with a carrying capacity of 25,000 pounds.
1939 Construction of molded goods plant begun at St. Marys, Ohio....Goodyear tires used on Admiral Richard Byrd's Snow Cruiser for Antarctic expedition....Goodyear Aircraft Corporation formed, grew from a work force of 30 to 35,000 in two-and-a-half years....Goodyear conveyor belt system used at Shasta Dam to haul aggregate nearly 10 miles.
1940 E.J. Thomas named president....Construction started on Chemigum plant....Goodyear-type self-sealing tanks adopted as standard for combat aircraft....Retirement annuity plan for salaried employees initiated....Combat selected to operate powder bagging plant in Indiana.

1941 Two plants in Akron and one in Arizona, started for Goodyear Aircraft....U.S. Navy ordered 21 blimps....Mexican plant started production....Sales increased 52% over 1940, reflecting Goodyear's participation in defense program....Tire production restricted immediately after Pearl Harbor, Dec.7.
1942 Company awarded contract to build Corsair fighter planes....By year's end, considerable Goodyear production converted to war production, i.e., guns, shells, tank tracks, gas masks, rafts, bullet-sealing tanks....Company built government synthetic rubber plants in Akron, Texas and California....Goodyear holdings in Sumatra, Philippines, Java invaded by Japan.
1943 Goodyear awarded contract for major components for B-29....Research developed for continuous process for reacting stage of synthetic rubber manufacture, effectively increasing reactor capacity and reducing cost....New Goodyear Research Laboratory dedicated.
1944 3,000th Corsair fighter airplane constructed by Goodyear Aircraft....Plant acquired at Lincoln, Nebraska, for fuel tank production....Neolite sole production begun....Goodyear started construction of Topeka, Kansas, tire facility for the government.
1945 V-J Day brought with it cancellation of more than $400 million of government contracts, return of first of more than 26,000 employees in U.S. armed forces....Lincoln, Nebraska, and Topeka, Kansas, factories purchased from government....Work started on tire plant in Peru.
1946 Goodyear continued operation of synthetic rubber plants in Akron, Houston and Los Angeles for government....Construction of synthetic rubber pilot plant begun....New plants started in Cuba and South Africa....First experimental tires with wire cord produced.
1947 First nylon tires developed....Super-Cushion tire announced, required only 24 psi....Niagara Falls, New York, chemical products plant started production....Crosswind landing gear for aircraft developed by Goodyear.
1948 50th anniversary....Super-Cushion tire became original equipment on many new car models....Java and Sumatra plantations repossessed.... Synthetic rubber plants converted to production of cold rubber....Post-war competition increased.
1949 Plans for Luxembourg plant begun....Vinyl flooring introduced, supplementing Goodyear's line of rubber flooring that dates back to 1905....Television first used for advertising with Goodyear sponsorship of "The Goodyear Review," emceed by Paul Whiteman.
1950 Company-financed pension plan adopted for all employees.... Goodyear produced 500-millionth tire in July....Korean War imposed government allocation on use of both natural and synthetic rubber....Electrically heated rubber deicing equipment developed for aircraft...."The Greatest Story Ever Told" radio program initiated.

1951 First $1 billion sales year for Goodyear and the industry.... Research perfected oil-extended synthetic rubber, a technique that effectively increased rubber supply 20-25% and improved quality....Korean War spurred return of defense production in many Goodyear facilities....Japanese-Goodyear sales company organized in Tokyo.
1952 Goodyear selected by Atomic Energy Commission to operate $1 billion facility (Uranium 235) in southern Ohio....Restrictions and controls on synthetic and natural rubber removed for first time since World War II.... Goodyear Aircraft closed eight weeks during contract negotiations....N-type airship delivered to Navy, largest ever built....Suburbanite winter tire announced.
1953 Congress authorized transfer of government-owned synthetic rubber plants to private ownership....Company-paid hospitalization plan inaugurated....Three-story-high 3-T machine developed and built for tempering tire fabric....Goodyear Aircraft at capacity on defense orders.
1954 Goodyear successful bidder on two government-owned synthetic rubber plants....Complete new line of tubeless tires introduced....World's first commercial passenger conveyor belt built by Goodyear for Hudson and Manhattan Railroad....First rubber railroad crossing installed in Akron....First nationwide strike in company's history lasted 52 days....3-T nylon cord tires announced.
1955 Research succeeded in producing in the laboratory a close duplicate of the natural rubber molecule....LifeGuard Blowout Shield announced for tubeless tires....Work started on new plant in Colombia, North Chicago hose plant acquired....New type of blimp built for Navy for use in aircraft early-warning system....Tubeless earthmover and grader tires developed, another industry "first."
1956 Goodyear-operated atomic plant completed....New tire plants begun in Philippines, Venezuela, Scotland....The Captive-Air Safety tire ("the tire with the built-in spare") announced....Full line of stock car racing tires marketed....New radiation lab at Research, electronics and aircraft research buildings opened in Litchfield Park, Arizona, and Akron.
1957 Tread rubber plant opened in Chablis, Wash., land acquired in Guatemala for rubber plantation....Goodyear International Corporation replaced The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Export Company ...Natsyn, the natural-type synthetic, produced in a pilot plant....Steel cord used in Captive-Air Safety Shield, replacing nylon....Compulsory retirement age reduced to 65 for hourly workers, 68 for salaried employees....Goodyear Aircraft scientists developed a projected program for orbital space stations and manned flight to outer space.
1958 E.J. Thomas named chairman of the board; Russell DeYoung, president....Goodyear Aircraft awarded research and development contract for SUBROC anti-submarine system....Polyester resin plant construction started at Point Pleasant, West Virginia....Unisteel truck tire introduced, with radial wire plus three-ply breaker "belt"....Production of foam-padded instrument panels begun for 1959 models.
1959 New plant construction started at Amiens, France; Medicine Hat, Canada; and plans begun for New Delhi, India....Arrangements made for tire manufacture in Italy, Portugal and Chile....World's largest Pillow tank of 50,000-gallon capacity produced for off-shore fuel storage....Terra Tire tires introduced for golf carts....Mickey Thompson set new land speed records on Goodyear tires at Bonneville Salt Flats.
1960 Total assets pass the $1 billion mark....Petrochemical Center begun in Beaumont, Texas, for production of Natsyn and Budene synthetic rubbers at an estimated cost of $20 million, company's largest single capital investment at the time....Government/Goodyear Atomic contract renewed....Goodyear Aircraft named prime contractor for SUBROC....Mickey Thompson broke the 400 mph barrier for the measured mile at Bonneville Salt Flats, going 406.6 mph on Goodyear tires....Cuban facilities expropriated by the Cuban government.

1961 Expansion set the pace, with new plants started at Tyler, Texas, and Turkey; Fulda (German tire manufacturer) and Metal Wheel Co. acquired; tire production arrangements completed in Southern Rhodesia and Malaysia....Vitafilm (shrinkable packaging film), Super Ortac and Acala hose, two-ply auto tires, Super Torque farm tires shared new product spotlight....Use of shredded wire undertreads in off-the-road tires expanded....Tufsyn rubber in tire treads announced.
1962 New chemical plant started in Le Havre, France....Vytacord polyester cord announced....Research scientists discovered sprayable polyurethane rubber....Goodyear Aircraft awarded new government contracts, including one for development of high resolution radar for world's fastest fighter plane....Super Single tire and rim announced as replacement for duals on trucks....Goodyear racing tires used on more winning stock and sports cars than any other brand.
1963 Goodyear produced its billionth tire....Goodyear Aircraft changed its name to Goodyear Aerospace reflecting its increasing involvement in space programs....A second blimp, the Columbia, joined the Mayflower for displaying promotional and public service messages....Craig Breedlove set the world's land speed record on August 5, traveled 407.45 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats in his Spirit of America equipped with special Goodyear tires....New Double Eagle with LifeGuard Safety Spare announced, "Go, Go, Goodyear" theme introduced.
1964 Russell DeYoung named chairman of the board; Victor Holt Jr., president....Goodyear achieved $2 billion in sales (13 years after reaching $1 billion)....Motor Wheel Corporation became a subsidiary.... Flexsteel, a radial ply truck tire, added to the line....Goodyear Memory Belt introduced, automatically routes packaged items, using coded information stored in the belt's matrix....Craig Breedlove set speed record at Bonneville, 526.28 mph in a jet-powered Spirit of America equipped with Goodyear tires....Goodyear entered international racing field for first time....New Italian plant started.
1965 Radial-ply tires made available in a full range of sizes to all auto manufacturers- for consideration for use on future car models.... Forty-one linear miles of Goodyear butyl sheeting used to seal the joints of the Houston Astrodome....Prime Wrap, a new packaging material for use by food chains, introduced by Goodyear....Padded dashboards, many of them produced with foam products, became "standard" on virtually all U.S. cars....Winter tires with Safety Spikes first introduced....Craig Breedlove broke speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats at a speed of 600.601 mph on Goodyear tires....In less than two years after entering international racing competition, Goodyear won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France....Work began on a new tire plant in Guatemala.
1966 Goodyear became first company in rubber industry to install a graphics unit that enabled technical personnel to communicate directly with a programmed computer and receive the graphic answers almost immediately....Thirty foot wire grid communications satellite built by Goodyear Aerospace and successfully launched...."Planned city" at Litchfield Park, Arizona, continued to progress on a 12,000-acre site....Motor Wheel became prime rim and wheel supplier for military vehicles in Vietnam, opened first plant outside U.S. in Chatham, Ontario, Canada....More than 100 new retail outlets opened....Pliopave rubber additives used in paving approximately 43 acres of Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.... Jack Brabham won World Driving Championship on Goodyear tires in Goodyear's greatest racing season ever....Plants started in Jamaica and Australia.
1967 Despite a two-week strike at 11 U.S. rubber plants, company's sales and earnings set record....Best year for Goodyear Aerospace since World War II....Metal Products Division integrated into Motor Wheel Corporation....Number of Goodyear plants worldwide passed the 100 mark, work started on plants in Northern Ireland, Germany.... Custom Wide Tread Polyglas tire announced, combining best characteristics of bias-ply tires, radial-ply tires and the popular "wide footprint"....Goodyear largest installation to date of the memory belt completed at the U.S. Postal Department's new Air Mail Facility at San Francisco's International Airport in time to speed Christmas mail to Vietnam....A.J. Foyt rode to victory at The Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires, and Dennis Hulme won the 1967 World Driving Championship, also on Goodyear tires.
1968 Polyglas tires became standard or optional equipment on almost all 1969 models....Pathfinder Polyglas introduced, a snow tire designed specifically for front wheel use....Goodyear Aerospace balloons traveled on Apollo 7 journey, helped right spacecraft after splashdown.... Instant-Floor introduced - new 12" x 12" do-it-yourself vinyl tiles with pressure-sensitive backing....Sprayable colored Neothane applied to 170,000 square feet of roof at new civic center in San Rafael, California....Foam products involved in supplying energy-absorbing latex foam for head restraints required as standard equipment on new cars....Data acquisition system installed at Goodyear Research, making these laboratories the most highly computerized in the rubber industry....Bobby Unser added the company's second consecutive victory in the Indianapolis 500 classic....Tire plants in Greece and Thailand started.
1969 Goodyear's first $3 billion sales year, another "first" in the industry - and it took only five years to go from $2 billion to $3 billion....Capital expenditures reached an all-time high - $293.3 million....Virtually all of Goodyear International's plants either were modernized or expanded.... New test equipment for airplane wheels and brakes costing $2.9 million placed in operation in Akron....Goodyear Tire Center franchise program initiated....Crashworthy fuel cells developed, designed to save lives which might otherwise be lost as a result of post-crash flames....Goodyear Aerospace supplied components for the Boeing 747.
1970 Eight-week strike, continued work stoppages and strikes at major customers in automotive and transportation industries, reduced sales and profits throughout the industry.... Industrial products plant begun at Lyon, France....Steel-belted Double Eagle Polysteel tire introduced in some market areas....Wide range of belted Glas-Guard tires introduced for campers, vans and pickups....First tires on the moon (Apollo 14) supplied by Goodyear....Staran, "world's fastest computer," introduced by Goodyear Aerospace for air traffic control....Transport systems, a development and marketing organization, created to accelerate use of Speedwalk/Speedramp passenger conveying systems.... Carbon-composite brake disc material, developed by aviation products, expected to improve aircraft brake life by as much as 100%....Chemical Division, world's largest producer of synthetic rubber, became leading producer of polybutadiene rubber as well....Gary Gabelich set new land speed record of 622.407 mph in his Blue Flame equipped with special Goodyear tires.

1971 Goodyear has spent over $16 million to bring older plants up to the environmental control standards provided in our newest facilities - expects to spend similar amount over next 5 years to complete the program....World's largest tire (11 1/2 feet high, 7,000 pounds) built at new $23 million super-tire facility at Topeka, Kansas....Polysteel tires now marketed nationally....Jackie Stewart won World Driving Championship....New Speedwalk/Speedramp installations completed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Standiford Field in Louisville, Kentucky; Meriden Square in Meriden, Connecticut....Goodyear polyester used in double-knit wearing apparel.... Goodyear Aerospace side-looking radar gained new application in surveying and mapping two million square miles of Venezuela and Brazil programs designed to open the areas for inhabitation....Four new tire plants scheduled for Brazil, Zaire, Morocco and Taiwan.
1972 Charles J. Pilliod Jr., elected 11th president of the company....Goodyear became first in the industry to record sales in excess of $4 billion....Custom Steelgard Radial tire introduced - the only steel-belted radial accepted by all U.S. car makers for their 1973 models....Side-looking radar, pioneered by Goodyear Aerospace, used extensively by U.S. Air Force on F-4 phantom jets....New Goodyear tire plants began production in Kinshasa, Zaire and Casablanca, Morocco.... Environmental improvement projects amounted to $3 million, bringing the total to $19 million expended since 1966....Company's four-year-old franchise program added its 100th Goodyear Tire Center....Mark Donohue won the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires, setting a record speed of 162.962 mph....The Goodyear Conservation Awards Program completed 25 years of recognizing resource management by the nation's soil and water conservation districts.
1973 Company celebrates 75th year....Despite price controls and raw materials shortages, 1973 sales were at a record level and earnings were second highest in company's history....New packaging film plant in Merced, California; new industrial brake plant in production in Berea, Kentucky....Multi-million dollar tire plant dedicated in Americana, Brazil....Custom Steelguard remained only steel-belted radial tire approved by all four U.S. car makers for 1974 models....Goodyear Atomic received five-year contract extension with Atomic Energy Commission for continued operation gaseous diffusion plant in Portsmouth, Ohio....In cooperation with national effort, company pledged "to give the highest priority to fuel conservation, energy saving techniques and the development of new sources"....26 of 33 cars at the Indianapolis 500 rode on Goodyear tires, including winner Gordon Johncock....Keep America Beautiful, Inc., an organization composed of over 100 public service, professional organizations, and federal, state and local agencies, selected Goodyear's corporate-wide environmental improvement program as the nation's finest among all industries.
1974 Historic milestone reached, despite problems of recession and inflation, as Goodyear became first in rubber industry to exceed $5 billion in sales....Goodyear International, with 67 manufacturing facilities in 34 countries, compiled record sales for the 20th consecutive year....Charles J. Pilliod Jr., elected chairman of the board; John H. Gerstenmaier named president....Custom Polysteel Radial, the tire that keeps its feet even in the rain, and new top-of-the-line double Eagle Radial, with belts of man-made Flexten cord, announced nationwide....A new winter tire designed for use without metal studs, the F32 All Winter Radial, also introduced....In racing, Goodyear tires were on the winning cars in 151 out of the 226 major racing events throughout the world, including Johnny Rutherford's win at Indianapolis....Largest U.S. Air Force contract of its type awarded to Goodyear Aerospace for aircraft wheels, brakes and parts....Largest one-time order in U.S. for steel cable belting received by company....U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare presented outstanding public service award to Goodyear for blimp messages promoting the 1973 Social Security programs....For the 59th consecutive year it was still true - "More people ride on Goodyear tires than on any other kind."
1975 Despite inflation, recession and a depressed auto industry, sales continued at a record level....Chairman Charles J. Pilliod Jr., named "Employer of the Year" by National Industrial Recreation Association.... Natural rubber processing plant started production at Benin City, Nigeria....Russell DeYoung, retired chairman, honored by Indonesia for contributions to country's economy....Goodyear and Oil Shale Corporation planning pilot plant at Rocky Flats, Colorado, to turn scrap tires into oil, steel and carbon black....Indianapolis 500 won by Bobby Unser in all-Goodyear field, marking first time in 13 years one company supplied all tires....Goodyear Motor Sports Club started for auto racing fans....Largest single tire service contract in industry history awarded Goodyear for trans-Alaskan pipeline project....General Dynamics awarded Goodyear Aerospace wheel and carbon brake contracts for F-16 fighter jet....Flexten cord incorporated into auto-radial truck and bias-belted earthmover tires....More than $141,000 in the form of $100 checks distributed as bonuses to employees and retirees who purchased new 1975 cars, a move undertaken to provide "another shot for the economy."
1976 Sales of $5.8 billion established a record, despite a 130 day strike by the United Rubber Workers at 15 major plants.... Capital expenditures for properties and plants were $226.1 million....Involved were modernization, conversion and expansion of 10 domestic plants....A hose plant at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, started production....Company and employees rallied to the aid of Guatemala in February following massive earthquakes....Supplies were airlifted to stricken areas....Company received largest single belting order from Duval Sierrita copper mine in Arizona....Topeka, Kansas plant produced super earthmover tire of Nylosteel 11½ feet high, 5½ feet wide, weighing more than 12,500 pounds for world's largest loader....Chemical Division shipped first shatterproof polyester resin bottles....A Holstein bull calf, equipped with an air driven artificial heart developed jointly by Goodyear and the Cleveland Clinic, lived a record 145½ days....Researchers designed a tourniquet of durable natural rubber for use during surgery on an elephant in Miami, Florida....Company began drilling for natural gas on its Akron properties.
1977 With renewed emphasis on innovation, Goodyear introduced two notable advances in tire design....Tiempo, a tire for year-round use in all climates, found immediate acceptance in the market....And the revolutionary elliptic tire demonstrated its gas saving capacity and drew the interest of automakers.....Ground was broken for a new, highly automated tire plant in Lawton, Oklahoma, representing an initial investment of $80 million.....Goodyear took steps to meet the world's growing demand for natural rubber....A $10 million expansion of its Brazilian plantation was made possible by the company's success in controlling leaf blight that has plagued South America for decades. Goodyear acquired a second plantation in Sumatra....To meet the rising demand for shatterproof, polyester drink bottles, the company began expansion of its polyester resin plant at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, for the second time in three years....Gas centrifuges to enrich uranium for nuclear power were under development by Goodyear Aerospace for possible use in the $4.2 billion expansion of the government's nuclear enrichment program at Piketon, Ohio....The company's program to ensure needed gas supplies for production processes was stepped up....Three wells were drilled at the Akron properties, one at the Stow, Ohio, mold plant and one near the Jackson, Ohio, plastics plant....A.J. Foyt made history on Goodyear tires winning his fourth Indianapolis 500....Sales record of $6.6 billion and earnings record of $205 million were set.
1978 Continuing its commitment to innovation, Goodyear announced plans to turn an idle Akron tire plant-- closed as a result of rising costs -- into a new $75 million Technical Center....Goodyear became the first company in the rubber industry to top the $7 billion mark in sales, led by the most successful tire in company history the Tiempo....The all-season tire sold at an exciting 3.5 million clip in its first year....On August 29, the company marked its 80th anniversary....John H. Gerstenmaier was elected vice-chairman and chief operating officer with Robert E. Mercer succeeding him as president....The $69 million expansion of the radial tire production facility at the Gadsden, Alabama, plant began production....The Point Pleasant, West Virginia, plant was expanded again to cope with the increasing number and popularity of polyester uses, making a total of $30 million spent on the plant in a three-year period, increasing production 20%....The Ashland, Ohio, plant increased production to meet the demand for Pliogrip, an adhesive used to bond car components....The use of Pliogrip makes cars lighter, and more fuel efficient....Elsewhere, a $10 million latex plant was opened in Calhoun, Georgia, and expansions of tire making facilities totalling $15.5 million were made in Malaysia and Luxembourg.... Goodyear Aerospace received a number of major government and private contracts, including one to develop an Imaging Radar System to map the planet Venus....Conservation efforts enabled the company to reduce energy consumption having been reduced 13.4% since 1971....Old tires have found new uses as construction material for more than 2,000 artificial reefs and floating breakwaters, protecting harbors and providing aquatic habitat for fish....The company established a toxicology lab to determine the safety of Goodyear chemicals....Mario Andretti won the World Driving Championship....Al Unser the Indianapolis 500, and Kenny Roberts became the first American to win the World 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix - all on Goodyear tires....A new and larger airship Mayflower was launched....The National 4-H Bicycle Program completed its 10th year under Goodyear sponsorship.
1979 An $11.4 million federal grant to accompany Goodyear's $75 million Akron Technical Center was announced....The grant being for public improvements in the area....The Wingfoot radial, a new high performance auto tire, made its debut at the Chicago Auto Show....Dampened by gasoline shortages, the demand for auto and light truck tires declined....Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires....U.S. cities install Goodyear-made rubber railroad crossings at the rate of two every work day....$71 million expansion announced for radial truck tire facilities at Danville, Virginia....Goodyear moved its international racing operations from Wolverhampton, England, to Akron....The new airship Enterprise was christened in Pompano Beach, Florida....Sales reached a record $8.2 billion, while earnings were $146.2 million, a 35.4 % decline from 1978.
1980 Soft drink bottles remain the single largest market for polyester.... Goodyear announced the Arriva all-season radial tire with a major advertising campaign during the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York....Goodyear honored 132 inventors among its employees....For the third time Johnny Rutherford won the Indianapolis 500 ....Kenny Roberts won his third straight World 500cc Motorcycle Road Racing Championship on Goodyear tires....Largest Goodyear plant expansion in history slated for Mexico City at $107 million....Goodyear established overall record sales and earnings for 1980....Sales were $8.4 billion and earnings were up 57.8% over 1979 to 230.7 million.

1981 John Gerstenmaier, vice chairman and chief operating officer, retired after 42 years of service....The company announced expansion of its Arriva tire line with 11 new sizes for import cars....Goodyear saluted 174 employees who earned 104 patents and 20 trade secrets in 1980.... Goodyear's new family of Eagle high performance tires was introduced at Daytona, Florida....Goodyear's method to chemically dispose of hazardous PCBs was honored by a White House agency, receiving the 1981 Environmental Industry Award in the field of hazardous waste control....The U.S. Department of Energy announce extension of the Goodyear Atomic contract for five years....1982 model Datsuns will come to the U.S. from Japan equipped with Goodyear radial tires produced in Union City, Tennessee.....Goodyear announced the phase-out of its industrial products operations in Akron....Bobby Unser won the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires....Employees helped to achieve a savings of $218 million in energy conservation since a worldwide energy conservation program was announced in 1971.... Versigard, a new rubber roofing system was introduced....The nation's drive for energy independence moved closer with ceremonies marking a $51 million Goodyear Aerospace program for production of nuclear energy centrifuges....1982 model cars will come out with 100% radial tires as standard equipment for the first time....Goodyear tires scored a Grand Prix victory and helped a driver win the World Driving Championship for the eighth time in nine years....Sales for 1981 were a record $9.2 billion, and earnings were a record $260.3 million.
1982 Goodyear tires made their debut on turbo-charged Grand Prix cars at the South African Grand Prix....143 Goodyear employees earned 99 patents and 23 trade secrets during 1981....The Department of Energy announced a five-year extension of its Goodyear Atomic contract for operation of the Portsmouth, Ohio, gaseous diffusion plant....Chairman Charles J. Pilliod Jr., received the Horatio Alger Award....Benny Parsons used Goodyear tires to become the first stock car driver qualifying for a NASCAR Grand National race at more than 200 mph....The company introduced its new Double Eagle Radial tires....Gordon Johncock used Goodyear Eagle Speedway Specials to win the Indianapolis 500....The Goodyear blimp America concluded a 580,000 mile career and was replaced by a new America, christened in Spring, Texas....The company announced its phase-out of motorcycle tire production....Goodyear announced the Highway Hero program to honor truck drivers for acts of heroism and public service....Keke Rosenberg clinched the 12th World Drivers Championship for Formula 1 racing following a season on Goodyear tires....The first American-built Honda rolled off the assembly line at Marysville, Ohio, on Goodyear Corsa GT tires....The Wall Street Transcript named Charles J Pilliod Jr. the top rated CEO for the second year....Goodyear announced that GM's new Chevrolet Corvette would be equipped with the Eagle VR50 tire....Tom Barrett was chosen to succeed Robert Mercer as president and chief operating officer after Mercer was elected vice-chairman and chief executive officer....Sales for 1982 were $8.69 billion, down from the record performance in 1981, and earnings of $264.8 million were a record.
1983 Goodyear announced plans to build a $50 million wire cord plant in Asheboro, North Carolina.....Announcement was made of the merger of Goodyear and Celeron Corp. of Lafayette, La., a diversified natural gas pipeline company....Robert Mercer was elected chairman and chief executive officer, succeeding Charles J Pilliod Jr....Goodyear's 3 billionth tire was manufactured at the Danville, Virginia, truck tire plant.... Goodyear announced development of radial tires for aircraft....Tom Sneva won the Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires....Total sales were $9.7 billion, and net income was $305.5 million.
1984 Vector, the third generation all-season radial auto tire, was introduced....Goodyear announced that it would invest $250 million to convert the Kelly-Springfield plant in Tyler, Texas, to radial passenger tire production....Goodyear advanced five places to 32nd in the Fortune 500 ranking....Goodyear announced expansion of its Luxembourg radial earthmover tire production facility....Chairman Robert Mercer named the best rubber industry CEO by The Wall Street Transcript ....Continuance of the $840 million pipeline project of Celeron Corp. was authorized by directors ....Worldwide sales reached a record $10.24 billion, and earnings were a record $411 million.
1985 Lotus of England featured Eagle high performance tires as original equipment....Goodyear boosted earthmover investment in Topeka, Kansas, by nearly $23 million....Bill Elliot won Daytona 500 on Goodyear tires....Goodyear and Japan's Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. entered joint tire venture....Financial World named Robert Mercer outstanding CEO in the rubber industry....Goodyear climbed one notch to 31st in the Fortune 500 listing....New Tiempo tire line announced....Goodyear began nationwide emergency road service program....Major permits completed for California to Texas oil pipeline....Danny Sullivan won Indianapolis 500 on Goodyear tires....Company founder, Frank Seiberling inducted into the NTDRA Tire Industry Hall of Fame....Lyn St. James set 13 national and international closed-course records at Alabama International Motor Speedway on Goodyear Eagle tires....Goodyear reported worldwide earnings of $412.4 million in 1985 with sales of $9.6 billion.
1986 Goodyear purchased Long Mile Rubber Company, the largest full line tread rubber producer in the U.S., and Min Tire Equipment Inc., a premier supplier of rubber extruder equipment and industrial machinery.... Financing was completed for construction of the Goodyear Celeron West Coast to Texas Gulf Coast pipeline....Sales operations for Versigard rubber roofing expanded into Europe....Plans announced for a $29 million technical center north of Tokyo, Japan....A million dollar research and quality control lab opened in Singapore to improve the quality of natural rubber....Goodyear Corsa GT tires selected as the exclusive tire for the Hyundai Excel car....The Industrial Products Division received a $2 million contract from Krupp Industrietechnik of West Germany for a conveyor belt for a Texas coal mine....Goodyear led the original equipment and replacement tire market in the U.S. with a 29% market share....A China Affairs office opened in Hong Kong....Maxxim, a total gasoline vapor recovery hose, introduced....British financier, Sir James Goldsmith, Hanson Trust and a group of investors purchased 11.5% of Goodyear stock in a takeover attempt ....Goodyear moved to acquire the 12.5 million shares of stock held by the Goldsmith investment group....A restructuring program was announced that included the sale of Celeron, Goodyear Aerospace, Motor Wheel, Goodyear Farms and The Wigwam resort in Arizona....The 50-year-old Windsor, Vermont, shoe products plant closed....The Rome, Italy, European base for the Airship Europa was sold and the airship retired....Goodyear discontinued financial support for Formula 1 Grand Prix racing.
1987 In the wake of an unsuccessful takeover attempt by the Goldsmith group, Goodyear made a tender offer for up to 40 million of its common stock shares at $50 each....Goodyear Aerospace was sold to Loral for $640 million....Motor Wheel was purchased by its management ....The New Toronto, Canada, plant and the Kelly-Springfield plant in Cumberland, Maryland, were closed....Arizona holdings, including Goodyear Farms, Litchfield Park and Westinghouse-Goodyear properties sold for $221 million to SunCor Development Corporation.... Following the sale of Goodyear Aerospace, an aviation products department was established, the company continuing the manufacture of aircraft tires and operation of its Air Treads and brake overhaul units....Goodyear and Pacific Dunlop Ltd. formed South Pacific Tyre Ltd. with manufacturing and retailing operations in Australia, New Zealand and Papua, New Guinea....Goodyear named exclusive supplier of Poly-V serpentine automotive belts for the Chevrolet Corvette....A joint venture of Toyo Giant Tire Co., 50% Goodyear owned and Mitsubishi, known as Nippon Giant, began production of Goodyear earthmover tires in Japan....Celeron "welded out" the 1,225 mile mainline segment of the All American pipeline from Santa Barbara, California, to McCamey, Texas....Kelly-Springfield announced that it would build a new headquarters and tire testing facility in Cumberland, Maryland....The Eagle ZR-S high performance street radial tire was introduced - the first with a "Z" rating indicating it was designed to operate at speeds of more than 149 mph....Chairman Robert Mercer received the Distinguished Service Citation Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame....A new airship was christened "The Spirit of Akron" by Mae Mercer, wife of Goodyear's chairman, in recognition of the community's support for the company....Goodyear subsidiary, Hose Coupling Manufacturing Inc., was sold....Goodyear produced the first original equipment, 17 inch, Z-speed rated performance tire, the Eagle ZR40 Gatorback, for the 1988 Chevrolet Corvette....The Eagle NCT tire was customized for Rolls Royce autos sold in the U.S. ....Plans announced to invest $70 million for high performance tire production in Lawton, Oklahoma....The Eagle radial racing tire made its debut and carried Al Unser Sr. to victory in the Indianapolis 500.
1988 President Tom H. Barrett was elected to succeed Chairman Robert Mercer as chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 1989....Major business operations were consolidated under two divisions - Tires and General Products....Ground was broken for a $320 million tire plant at Napanee, Ontario, Canada....The second phase of a $132 million, 12,000 units-per-day high performance tire expansion began at Lawton, Oklahoma.....Phase one of a $52 million expansion at the Danville, Virginia, truck tire plant was completed....In Americana, Brazil, $35 million was invested for increased production of auto tires and light and medium truck tires....An $18.8 million expansion and modernization project began at Kelly-Springfield's Fayetteville, North Carolina, tire plant....The Industrial Products Division celebrated its 75th anniversary with the dedication of a $4.1 million joint venture V-belt plant in Taiwan and a $10 million expansion there....Twenty-one quality awards from vehicle producers were earned by 12 Goodyear plants worldwide....A Goodyear quality contact engineer was appointed in Tokyo, and an automotive customer manager for engineered products was named in the General Products Division's new Tokyo office....Goodyear's fourth generation all-season tire, the Invicta GL, was introduced....The first special application farm tire for use with vegetable row crops was introduced....Goodyear airships honored by the Freedoms Foundation for public service night sign messages....Sales for 1988 were $10.8 billion, with net income of $350.1 million.
1989 Goodyear's corporate culture became dedicated to total quality management with creation of a strategic quality planning organization, business units, business teams and a self-directed work-force....Aviation tire and Air Treads operations consolidated....Tom Barrett succeeded retiring Chairman Robert Mercer....A project to add high-performance auto tire production at Gadsden, Alabama, was announced....The second phase began of a $133 million Lawton, Oklahoma, high-performance tire expansion....Expansion and modernization at Danville, Virginia, was completed....A $32 million Topeka, Kansas, project began to increase medium radial truck tire production....Auto tire production at Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, increased to serve the Japanese auto industry....A $4 million Asheboro, North Carolina, expansion began producing wire for tire plants....The South Pacific Tyres joint venture began a $170 million project to build a steel radial truck tire plant and modernize facilities in Australia and New Zealand....A $64 million project began to increase synthetic rubber capacity and development at a new specialty polymer facility at Beaumont, Texas....Work began on a $31.5 million Houston, Texas, expansion to boost production of nitrile rubber and latex products....The Polyester Division completed a $50 million expansion at Point Pleasant, West Virginia.....Goodyear Canada began an $8 million distribution center and sales office near Winnipeg, Manitoba....A $5.2 million expansion of the Akron Polyester Research and Development Center was completed....SIBR rubber developed to improve heat resistance of high performance and racing tires....Goodyear produced customized tires for the U.S. Navy's A-12 attack bomber, the McDonnell Douglas MD-11 jet and developed the first asymmetrical aircraft tire tread for the U.S. Air Force's F-15 fighter....Sales for 1989 were $10.86 billion, with net earnings of $206.8 million.
1990 The new state-of-the-art tire plant in Napanee, Ontario, began limited production....A $25 million expansion was approved for Goodyear's Point Pleasant, West Virginia, polyester plant....Two exclusive custom brand tires - the Concorde Calibre and All-American Decathlon - were unveiled for price conscious consumers....The Daytona 500 kicked off a new major advertising campaign with the theme, "The best tires in the world have Goodyear written all over them."....The board of directors approved a $13 million modernization at the polyester plant in Scottsboro, Alabama.....A $3 million modernization plan was slated for the fabric mill in Cartersville, Georgia.....Goodyear provided race tires for sun-powered vehicles driven by college students in a 1,600 mile competition sponsored by GM....Goodyear closed its 65-year-old roofing systems plant in New Bedford, Massachusetts..... Goodyear Canada phased out medium and heavy-duty radial truck tire production at the Valleyfield, Quebec, plant....Four new "Just Tires" stores began operating in the Memphis, Tennessee area....South Pacific Tyres opened a 62.5 million radial truck tire plant in Melbourne, Australia....Shoe Products Division relocated to Hudson, New Hampshire.....Sales were $11.2 billion, with a net loss of $38.3 million.

1991 Goodyear airships visited 12 major markets in the United States as Blimp Tour '91 increased retail traffic and tire sales....Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Tom Barrett retired....Hoyt M. Wells was elected Goodyear president and chief operating officer....Stanley C. Gault was elected chairman and chief executive officer....Goodyear sold 12 million new shares of its common stock....Four tires were introduced in an unprecedented launch: the Aquatred, Invicta GFE, Wrangler GSA and Eagle GSC....The new, highly innovative Aquatred radial tire garnered praise and acceptance from the media and consumers alike....Air Treads, formed a joint venture with Mitsui & Co. Ltd. of Japan to serve the expanding aviation tire business in Asia....Board of directors approved $39 million to nearly double capacity at the Bangkok, Thailand, tire plant....Dutch chemical firm Akzo agreed to buy the Scottsboro, Alabama, polyester tire cord and fabric plant for $105 million....Goodyear support of the Persian Gulf War was recognized by several awards, ....The company was awarded the 1991 James S. Cogswell Award for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement from the U.S. Department of Defense....Sales for 1991 were $10.9 billion, with net income of $96.6 million.
1992 Goodyear sold nearly all of its food and industrial films business to Huntsman Holdings Corp....Goodyear began selling tires through mass-merchandiser Sears....To increase radial tire production, an $8 million expansion was announced for the Lawton, Oklahoma, plant.... Goodyear completed the sale of its polyester businesses to Shell Oil Co....The rubber plantation operations in Indonesia observed 75 years of operation....Consumer Digest magazine named the Goodyear Eagle GA tire a "best buy" for 1993....The board of directors approved $4.6 million to increase capacity at Goodyear's steel tire cord plant in Asheboro, North Carolina.....Goodyear introduced the first extended mobility, or run-flat, tire for the Chevrolet Corvette....The Workhorse Extra Grip radial light truck tire made its debut....Trackman, an endless rubber track for retro-fitting on skid-steer farm, business and construction vehicles, burst onto the scene as a new product....The Gadsden, Alabama, plant began a $26 million expansion to keep up with demand for the Wrangler light truck tire....Sales for 1992 were $11.8 billion, with a net loss of $658.6 million.
1993 The All American pipeline entered into long-term crude oil transportation agreements with several major California offshore oil producers....A joint venture was announced with India's Ceat Ltd. to build tires....The company opened a representative's office and its first tire store in Beijing, China....Distribution was expanded through adding approximately 1,000 new dealers and mass-merchandising outlets for Goodyear tires in the United States....Goodyear introduced the 300 Series Unisteel commercial truck tire system for even wear and fuel economy, several new light truck tires, a broad market touring tire, automotive and industrial hose products with environmental benefits and quieter more efficient V-belts....The Aquatred tire, winner of more than a dozen awards, including Japan's prestigious "Good Product Design Award," reached two million units in the United States....1993 sales of $11.6 billion were a record compared with 1992 sales of 11.4 billion, which exclude sales from divested assets, with net income of $387.8 million.
1994 The market for the highly popular Aquatred tire expanded with introductions of a new aquachannel tire, the Wrangler Aquatred for light trucks and multi-purpose vehicles....Ford chose the Eagle GS-C for its Ford Mustang Cobra, which paced the Indianapolis 500....The Just Tires stores expanded into Philadelphia and Los Angeles, with a total of 70 outlets in all markets....Goodyear opened an "electronic store" on CompuServe, an on-line subscription service - Goodyear is the first and only major tire manufacturer with a CompuServe store....The company introduced its innovative Customer Trust program which allows customers to specify the desired level of diagnosis and service for auto service outlets....Goodyear celebrated its 300th Grand Prix victory at the Avtovaz race in Barcelona, Spain....Manufacturing capacity at the Topeka, Kansas, plant was increased....The Kelly-Springfield subsidiary marked its 100th anniversary....The Chinese government granted applications for the Goodyear Dalian joint venture to manufacture tires in China....Construction began on expansions in Malaysia and Indonesia....Goodyear acquired a 60% interest in a $20 million joint venture with Qingdao Gold Lion Hose Co., the largest producer of auto hose in China....The company acquired its partner's one-half interest in Techbelt Pacific....The All American Pipeline System showed a full year of operating profit....All-time record sales for 1994 were $12.3 billion, with record income of $567 million.
1995 With Hoyt M. Wells retirement in April, Samir G. Gibara became Goodyear's new president and chief operating officer.... International expansion into high growth economies continued as Goodyear acquired majority control of TC Debica, the leading Polish passenger tire manufacturer....New tire production came on stream at Goodyear Dalian in China....Goodyear also acquired an air springs operation in Brazil....A $15 million investment was made in Luxembourg in conjunction with extending the work week to seven-day operations....In the U.S., Goodyear's distribution channels expanded with the addition of both Montgomery Ward and Penske Automotive Centers....New tire introductions included the Aquatred II, Wrangler Aquatred, Ultra Grip HP and Eagle #1.... Goodyear introduced the Gatorback Poly-V automotive belt, providing unsurpassed performance for high-horsepower applications....In racing, Goodyear had 514 wins out of 615 starts and marked its 1,000th NASCAR Winston Cup victory....A new 570,000-square-foot distribution facility in Georgia consolidated the activities of five distribution centers across the southeastern United States to provide greater selection and next day service for customers....Efforts to find alternative uses for scrap tires advanced as 72 percent of all U.S. generated scrap tires were consumed in environmentally sound energy recovery and recycling programs....Sales of $13.2 billion and earnings of $611 million were the highest in Goodyear's 97-year history.
1996 Goodyear completed several international acquisitions, expanding its global scope....Acquired a 50 percent stake in Sweden's Dackia, a tire retailer....Purchased tire assets of Sime Darby Pilipinas in the Philippines....Purchased a 60 percent interest in South African tire company Contred....Bought the assets of Belt Concepts of America, a lightweight conveyor belt maker, in Spring Hope, North Carolina.... Formed Goodyear Polska subsidiary to sell products in Poland....Closed a tire plant in Thessaloniki, Greece....Introduced Infinitred, the industry's first auto tire to carry lifetime treadwear warranty.
1997 Expanded Goodyear's European presence with a tire and engineered products joint venture pact with Slovenia's Sava Group....Signed an offtake agreement with Sumitomo Rubber, exchanging United States replacement tire manufacturing capacity for Japanese capacity and began a market test to sell each other's tires....Increased ownership in India's South Asia Tyres from 60% to 74%....Goodyear Engineered Products bought the assets of Venezuelan hose manufacturer Indomax and its three affiliated companies.... Announced plans to build a power transmission products plant in northern Mexico....Goodyear Brazil announced a deal with a subsidiary of Japan's NGK/NTK Spark Plug Co. to sell automotive belts through its 60-distributor Brazilian network....Introduced the "Serious Freedom" advertising campaign in North America....Signed a deal with NASCAR, making Goodyear the "exclusive tire supplier" of NASCAR's top three race divisions....Became the exclusive NASCAR-licensee of automotive-aftermarket belts and hose....Blimp fleet doubles with two airships added in Europe and one in Latin America....Introduced Eagle pd synchronous belt and sprocket assembly for power transmissions....Began construction of a conveyor belt technical center in Marysville, Ohio....Closed the Morant Bay, Jamaica, tire plant....Announced that Goodyear would withdrawl from Formula One racing after 1998 season....Introduced Eagle HP and Eagle HP Ultra high-performance tires....Announced a six-year, $600 million expansion plan for Goodyear Chemicals that includes two new plants, expansions and implementation of new technologies....Began hiring 200 new engineers and scientists to augment technical and engineering staffs in Akron and Luxembourg.
1998 Goodyear celebrated its first 100 years in business....Purchased the remaining 40% interest in Contred tire and engineered products subsidiary in South Africa....Purchased the remaining shares of India's South Asia Tyres....Sold the All American Pipeline, Celeron Gathering and Celeron Trading and Transportation....Sold a latex plant in Calhoun, Georgia, plant to GenCorp....Sold the extruded rubber business in St. Marys, Ohio, to Longwood Elastomers....Formed a belt-drive systems development alliance with Litens....Announced the development of an advanced tire manufacturing process called IMPACT....Introduced a new steel passenger car tire technology known as Ultra-Tensile Steel Wire, using it in the Eagle Aquasteel EMT run-flat tire and Eagle F1 Steel tires....Announced plans to close Kelly-Springfield's Cumberland, Maryland, offices by mid-1999....Completed a $15 million expansion of Luxembourg Technical Center....Introduced Tracker Mudrunner tire for ATVs....Developed the industry's first non-directional radial farm tractor tire....Selected Beaumont, Texas, as the site for the first phase of Goodyear Chemical's $600 million expansion....Announced $18 million in expansion projects for plants in Union City, Tennessee, and Decatur, Georgia....Completed a $14 million expansion of the Beaumont, Texas, chemical plant
1999 Invested $20 million in new state-of-the-art equipment in Union City, Tennessee, tire plant to make it the second North American facility producing run-flat tires....Introduced Regatta 2 all-season radial tires in North America....Increased radial tire capacity at Napanee, Ontario, plant with a $12 million expansion....Began relocating small bias-ply tire production from Kelly-Springfield's Freeport, Illinois, plant to other locations....Announced $1 billion global alliance with Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., which has rights to the Dunlop tire brand in much of the world, to establish six joint ventures. Goodyear will become the world's largest tire company when the alliance takes effect....Became national title sponsor of the 1999 All-American Soap Box Derby....
2000 Formed a joint venture with Treadco, combining U.S. truck tire service and retreading outlets into a network of almost 200 service centers and 77 retreading plants, the world's largest....Reached an agreement with Michelin to combine the best of its Pax system and Goodyear's EMT breakthroughs that includes agreements on research and development, licensing of each company's patents and the creation of a global aftermarket service network....Introduced Aquatred 3, the newest in the popular Aquatred line....Formed an Internet-based purchasing alliance with five other rubber companies called RubberNetwork.com. The Web-based platform is designed to be an easy access, cost-effective medium to buy and sell supplies, exchange information regarding forecasts, inventory, billing, shipment and product design in real time - and cut costs.... Established an internal structure designed to develop Goodyear's e-business....The Australia-based airship "Spirit of the South Pacific" worked with international media to assist telecast of the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics....Opened a sales and distribution center in Dubai, the chief port and commercial center of the United Arab Emirates, allowing access to more than 40 markets in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia....Introduced the Kelly Safari SUV tire and the Navigator Platinum TE, a touring tire that features an 80,000-mile limited treadwear warranty and free road hazard protection....Bob Keegan joined Goodyear as president and chief operating officer on Oct. 1, bringing 28 years of experience in the consumer products area, most recently as president of Kodak's global consumer imaging business.
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