Goodyear is a company based on firsts — and we've worked hard to make history time and again throughout our 116 years. Get a glimpse of our historic highlights, or click to dig into a detailed history of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
In the winter of 1839, Charles Goodyear accidentally discovers that the addition of heat and sulphur alters the consistency of rubber, later to be known as the vulcanization process.
Frank Seiberling borrows $3,500 from his brother-in-law Lucius Miles for the down payment needed to buy an abandoned strawboard factory on the banks of the Little Cuyahoga River in Akron, Ohio, founding The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The remainder would be paid in four yearly installments of $2,500.
A meeting to discuss the idea of a suitable trademark is held in August 1900. Among the sketches prepared for the meeting is one using the winged foot of Mercury.
First advertisement in Saturday Evening Post with Wingfoot trademark.
Paul Litchfield granted patent on first tubeless automobile tire.
1,200 sets of tires sold to Henry Ford for use on Model T automobile.
Company's first subsidiary and plant outside of the U.S. acquired in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Goodyear builds its first blimp.
Goodyear becomes world's largest tire company, initiates slogan "More people ride on Goodyear tires than on any other kind."
The first "cross-country" (Akron to Boston) truck line, the Wingfoot Express, is started by Goodyear — the first trip takes 24 days.
50,000-cubic-foot blimp, the Pilgrim, is the first commercial non-rigid airship to use helium.
Company awarded contract to build rigid airships Akron and Macon for the U.S. Navy.
Goodyear builds and tests first American-made synthetic rubber tire.
Company awarded contract to build Corsair fighter planes.
Television first used for advertising with Goodyear sponsorship of The Goodyear Review, hosted by Paul Whiteman.
Full line of stock car racing tires marketed.
Goodyear produces its billionth tire.
"Go, Go, Goodyear," advertising theme announced.
Radial-ply tires made available in a full range of sizes to all auto manufacturers.
Custom Wide Tread Polyglas tire announced, combining best characteristics of bias-ply tires, radial-ply tires, and the popular "wide footprint."
First tires on the moon (Apollo 14) supplied by Goodyear.
Custom Steelgard Radial tire introduced — the only steel-belted radial accepted by all U.S. carmakers for their 1973 models.
Goodyear introduces two notable advances in tire design; Tiempo, the first all-season tire, and the revolutionary fuel-saving elliptic tire.
Plans announced to turn an idle Akron tire plant into a new $75-million Technical Center.
New family of Eagle high-performance tires introduced at Daytona, Florida.
Goodyear's three billionth tire is manufactured at the Danville, Virginia truck tire plant.
Goodyear announces development of radial tires for aircraft.
Vector, the third-generation all-season radial auto tire, is introduced.
A new airship is christened The Spirit of Akron in recognition of the community's support for the company.
The Eagle radial racing tire makes its debut and carries Al Unser Sr. to victory in the Indianapolis 500.
Four tires are introduced in an unprecedented launch: the Aquatred, Invicta GFE, Wrangler GSA, and Eagle GSC. The new, highly innovative Aquatred tire garners praise and acceptance from the media and consumers alike.
Goodyear introduces the first extended mobility, or run-on-flat, tire for the Chevrolet Corvette.
The Chinese government grants applications for the Goodyear-Dalian joint venture to manufacture tires in China.
Deal signed with NASCAR, making Goodyear the "exclusive tire supplier" of NASCAR's top three race divisions.
Goodyear celebrates its first 100 years in business.
Goodyear announces a $1-billion global alliance with Japan's Sumitomo Rubber Industries, which has rights to the Dunlop tire brand in much of the world, to establish six joint ventures in North America, Europe, and Japan. Goodyear becomes the world's largest tire company when the alliance takes effect.
Assurance tires featuring TripleTred and ComforTred technology introduced.
Duraseal commercial tire technology that repairs punctures when they occur is introduced.
Goodyear and NASA develop an airless "spring tire" for use on Mars and the moon.
Ground broken on new global headquarters in Akron.
Development of Goodyear's Air Maintenance Technology announced.
Goodyear holds the grand opening of the new global headquarters in Akron.