The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Goodyear operates more than 60 plants in 25 countries. Goodyear Leadership: Goodyear is one of the world's leading tire companies. Goodyear is the No. 1 tiremaker in North America and Latin America. Goodyear is Europe's second largest tiremaker. Goodyear Associates: Goodyear employs about 75,000 people around the world. Goodyear Blimp: Aerial ambassadors of our company since 1925, Goodyear operates three blimps in North America. In the United States, they are based in Akron, Ohio; Carson, California, and Pompano Beach, Florida. Goodyear Beginnings: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded in 1898 by 38-year-old Frank Seiberling. He purchased our first plant with a $3,500 down payment using money he borrowed from a brother-in-law. The timing couldn't have been better. The bicycle craze of the 1890s was booming. The horseless carriage was a wide-open challenge. On Aug. 29, 1898, Goodyear was incorporated with a capital stock of $100,000.